Archive for June, 2008
Who knew those old bikes would one day be such sought-after cruisers?
A vintage bike swap meet in Central Park, right next to to the Farmers Market, drew all kinds of oohs and aahs, especially when you looked at the price tag for these golden but oldies.
$1,000 for a banana-seat Lemon Peeler? Well, maybe.
Regardless of the prices, it was sure a fun event, and people were test riding, buying and making deals.
See more photos of these old bikes on my Flickr site.
Boulder's Metzger Associates launched a new blog today called DNC After Dark, a great idea to offer up dining and entertainment tips for delegates to the Democratic National Convention in Denver this August.
Cool, rainy weather in Oregon kept the dry fly hatch away from us, but an early June trip to Sand Creek Ranch on the Upper Williamson River was a great fly-fishing adventure.
This photo is actually the view from the deck of the guest lodge on the 800-acre private ranch, with a good 3.5 miles of fishing for the Redband Rainbow Trout, native to the river, as well as some of the largest Brook Trout to be caught in the lower 48.
Our guide Steve Koon, also the caretaker for the ranch, told us before we arrived to bring our sinking tip lines, and indeed, our best fish were caught in the river's deeper and deep-cut banks, where the trout avoided the sharp-eyed ospreys and blue heron.
Although there were a few scattered hatches along the river, the famed Black Drake hatch was not yet on, so we tossed a variety of weighted wet flies, with all of us catching trout from 15 to 22 inches. For most of us, a 16 to 17-inch Brookie was usually the largest any of us had ever landed.
Six of us fished the river, usually with half of us heading upstream, the other half down. There was no shortage of good water to fish over the four days we were on the river.
I'd recommend Sand Creek Ranch to anyone interested in an Oregon wilderness setting. Coyotes yelped, sandhill cranes make a rukkus and the birdlife and waterfowl were incredible. Night hawks dove on the river when bugs were hatching, and on our last day, a bald eagle settled on a tree outside our lodge. The marshy cattails along the banks of the river are excellent nesting grounds for many species of ducks, including mallards, merganser diving ducks and others. A birdwatcher could be totally satisfied here without ever picking up a fishing rod.
For more photos from our trip, click on the photo to get to my Flickr site.