Today we took a little detour home from The Dalles. But first, why were we in The Dalles? Two words: Mother's Day. My mom wanted all of her kids to come to one place (even if we weren't all there at the same time). So we had a mini stay at the R & R Guest House for a night and if you're looking for a house to rent or a B&B in The Dalles, this is the place.
Back to the Deschutes River...
John was dying to fish and we went to a new to us section of the river that was kinda on the way home (where we went).
While John was out in the water on the 94 F degree day, I was sitting on the bank with my 70-210 lens next to this giant bush with fluffy white flowers. There were at least three different types of butterflies happily flitting from one flower grouping to another.
I not only photographed the butterflies, I also took a couple candids of John searching for the big one. And yes, he did catch one, unfortunately I had already headed back to the Highlander to get some much needed AC during the hot day.
John's fishing story began with the biggest smile, like ever! The first thing I noticed was that he didn't have the normal nymph fly on his line, it was a mouse (complete with furriness and tail!). Then John showed me his broken net. Yup, the rim of the net was broken in three places. Then came the story of the fight with the biggest Brown Trout he has ever hooked. Apparently, John's main concern was that his rod was going to snap in half while he was playing the classic battle with fish, bringing them closer to the bank. Then John wrangled him into his net and realized it was a whopping 28 ½ inches! Usually he just does catch and release, because "if they are dumb enough to get caught once, they are dumb enough to get caught again." John may not have any photos, but his memory of this fish will live on forever.
Now, back to R & R Guest House. They had a plethora of flowers on the grounds and it was amazing! I had fun with my 85mm prime capturing the succulents, pansies, and the bouquet of sunflowers that my sister gave my mom. I now have new garden goals.
I hope you enjoyed this little glimpse of our trip out of town. Do you have a fish story or garden goals? I'd love to hear about them in the comments below!
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