The New Year

Dan at the Gardisky Trail

Leaning on the Hoover Wilderness Sign.

As some of my readers might know, I had a pretty crappy 2011.  My father-in-law took ill at the end of 2010 and he passed away in March of 2011.  He lived in Oregon and we had to make 8 trips up there to take care of his estate.  That was a serious drain on us fiscally, physically and mentally.  We are still dealing with probate, but it’s almost finished.

I started out the year with every intention of fishing my ass off.  It just didn’t happen.  I just felt like sitting at home and vegging.  But 2012 is a new year and we have a new outlook.  I’m not going to promise anything, but I expect fishing to take a more prominent role in my life.  There are places I want to go and see.  There are new places I want to fish.  There are old places I want to get back too.

Pyramid is first up.  I’m waiting for some weather to stir things up and that should show up next week, finally.  I hope we get a lot more.  This spring I also want to head south and fish the southern Sierra’s and if I can get my back and ankle fixed, do a lot more day hiking.  I can walk, exercise, hike and stand in a river, but after a little while, it hurts.  Day to day I’m fine, but ask me to stand in a river or on a ladder at Pyramid for more than an hour, or walk around Disneyland like I did last week, and I can’t do it.

I should be out fishing within a couple of weeks and I hope that will continue the throughout 2012.  If I get my back fixed, I should be able to fish harder and more often.  In any case, I haven’t dropped of the face of the earth.  It’s winter, but fishing is just around the corner.  Have a great 2012!

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