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Gary C.

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"The Summer of Gary"
« on: December 02, 2014, 08:01:33 PM »
The Summer of Gary

The Summer of Gary started out as a joke by some friends when I got laid off and decided to take the summer off to hike and fly fish and all that other stuff I love to do. Looking through my pictures for 2014 (probably 1,000 pictures) I realized a couple things. First, I didn’t do nearly as much fishing as I’d planned and for the most part the fish I did catch were nothing exceedingly picture worthy. Second, I spent most of my time in the outdoors this year doing family stuff. I got the chance to spend lots of time with my youngest Grandson David building an awesome relationship with the little guy. So even though I don’t have a ton of fish porn to show everyone I couldn’t be happier with how things turned out. Here are some of my favorite pictures from 2014 “The Summer of Gary”.

I started out backpacking down the South Fork of the Kern in April 2014 before the general season had even opened.




In May I backpacked with my buddies Vince and Ron to the Little Kern Bridge for LK Goldens.




We day hiked up the trail to Trout Meadows.


Looking south towards the Forks of the Kern.


Trout Meadow


In June I did an annual 4 day trip to Bishop Canyon with a large group of friends.
Feeding the trout at the Whitney Hatchery with my two Grandsons, Chad and David.




In June I also took David camping on the Kern for a few days.
Witling around the campfire.


Resting up from not catching fish on the river.


I started July off by taking David on a backpacking trek to Chickenfoot Lake in the Little Lakes Valley.
David’s first fish on a fly rod.








After David and I got home My daughter Destiny and her husband Sean brought my Granddaughter Addison down from Alaska for a visit and we went to see The Trail of 100 Giants.




On the way down from seeing the Giant Sequoias we stopped and had ice cream on the porch of the Johnsondale store. Just like I did with my Dad about 50yrs ago.


My wife and I finished up the month of July with our annual week long backpacking trip with friends. This year we hike up the Pine Creek Trail north of Bishop and exited over  Piute Pass and the North Lake Trail.
Pine Lake


My wife Debbie just after we crossed over Pine Creek Pass.


This is me fishing Elba Lake and catching lots of little goldens.


Below the outlet from Elba Lake.


I’ll finish off with a few I really like from my deer hunting season. I never got a shot at a buck but getting to share it with David made the season something special.




The end of deer season and the “Summer of Gary”.



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Re: "The Summer of Gary"
« Reply #1 on: December 02, 2014, 08:19:16 PM »
truly epic! If all your Summers are like that, you're livin the life!

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« Reply #2 on: December 02, 2014, 08:19:29 PM »
AWESOME. Gary. Money/work isn't all it's cracked up to be.  A necessary evil. I sorta had a summer of Richard as I was as trying to make as much headway and fishing before a few surgeries. The last of four I hope w/b on right rotator cuff next Monday. I have pictures and hope to write some words of wisdom along with them. I'm a type POORLY and slow at that; but feel I owe it to the communities which have engrossed me with new friendships and places to strive to get to.
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« Reply #3 on: December 02, 2014, 09:48:09 PM »
Truly a great summer!  Nice that you got to share this with family and some good friends.  Hopefully your grandchildren will follow in your footsteps, at the very least enjoy our great outdoors!

Now get a job and get back to work you trout bum! :lol2:
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« Reply #4 on: December 03, 2014, 09:13:10 AM »
Interesting

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« Reply #5 on: December 03, 2014, 02:31:18 PM »
Awesome. Done right!

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« Reply #6 on: December 03, 2014, 06:57:42 PM »
That is for sure an awesome summer and one you and your family and friends will not soon forget.  :clap: :clap:
gone fishn, hope to be catchn soon !

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« Reply #7 on: December 04, 2014, 03:46:25 PM »
Thanks for the replies everyone. My wife and I have custody of David and having this past summer off with him did wonders for both of us. Tex, best wishes and prayers that your surgery is as successful and pain free as possible.

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« Reply #8 on: December 04, 2014, 05:27:04 PM »
You forgot canyon connection

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« Reply #9 on: December 04, 2014, 07:42:01 PM »
Thanks for the replies everyone. My wife and I have custody of David and having this past summer off with him did wonders for both of us. Tex, best wishes and prayers that your surgery is as successful and pain free as possible.

Thanks Gary!  I'd did what I could bp solo as well as car camping fishing solo as to make it the summer of my "own" (sans the tee) as who knows what Monday the 8th will bring.Been a whirlwind summer as well as exciting for me. Being self employed has helped( and a long leash from the 30 year marriage.) God willing I'll be bp'ing in 2015!   ROCK ON! :clap: Keith Sierra slam and  Swhawkins!!!! :bowdown: A heartfelt thanks to both of you for directing me to so awesome places. Minus severely blistered toes and dehydration... ALL worth it.
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« Reply #10 on: December 04, 2014, 08:19:21 PM »
Gary, aw some post and story, truly a special summer. Sometimes we have to slow down and look around us and find out what is most important to us and do it! Your bond with your Grandson is priceless and your time with him and your family will give you the energy to move forward (Job) Dam it! Thanks again for sharing "The Summer of Gary" Thanks again for sharing with all of us.  :clap:

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« Reply #11 on: December 04, 2014, 08:23:32 PM »
Forgot one thing, Bow Hunter you are a real outdoorsman.   :bowdown:

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« Reply #12 on: March 31, 2015, 03:23:06 PM »
Hey Gary. I know you might not see this as its been a while since you've posted this, but what an awesome bunch of trips! I  was wondering where you deer hunt at? I also didnt get to take a shot at a buck, but had a lot of fun hunting socal.
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« Reply #13 on: April 01, 2015, 02:28:29 PM »
MD, last year I hunted D-11 up near Wrightwood.

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« Reply #14 on: May 15, 2015, 08:21:18 AM »
Gary,

I hunt D-11 as well. It's my backyard. I will be hunting there this year as well. I also put in for Zone X9A but I doubt Ill get drawn this year as its my first for putting in for this area. ( McGee Crowley RCL area ) but at least ill get a point. I also have my name in for an area just north of Panguitch Utah for some Mule Deer, and then I'm in the drawing to go back to Lander Wyoming to hunt Prong Horn again. So it might be a busy fall! Fingers crossed, my freezer is getting very low!
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« Reply #15 on: May 15, 2015, 03:12:17 PM »
This year my buddies and I went with D8 and an archery only tag for our second tag.

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« Reply #16 on: May 17, 2015, 01:26:52 PM »
Think we have seen this B 4

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« Reply #17 on: May 18, 2015, 11:22:12 AM »
I'm starting to get into Archery as well. D8 looks promising!
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