Keith Bigelow
2nd Annual Road Trip, Summer 2008

Keith Bigelow

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Saturday, July 26, 2008

Today I began my 2nd Annual Summer Road Trip. I've been planning this trip since my drive home from last years trip. There were so many places that I didn't get a chance to visit as well as places that I wanted to visit again and spend more time at. As you can see from the Google map I am going the opposite direction of last years trip, driving up I-5 and on to British Columbia and then south into Montana, Wyoming, Idaho and then home through Nevada and California.

You can double click on the Google map to zoom in and see where I'm planning to visit. These are towns where I will be spending the night. I plan on taking many day trips into places like Jellystone Park.


Saturday, July 26, 2008

I left Danville at 9:45 this morning traveling north on I-5 most of the way. I stopped in Redding and Dunsmuir to stretch my legs and look around. It was so very smokey the entire way. In Redding you could see less than 1-mile it was so smokey. I was also surprised to see how few people were traveling. Today is Saturday and I expected to see lot's of vacationers or at least people out for weekend trips but that definitely was not the case. You can see in the photo how smokey it is.


Saturday, July 26, 2008

Wow, look how low Shasta Lake is. We really are in a serious drought situation.


Saturday, July 26, 2008

Stopped in Dunsmuir to stretch my legs and look around.


Saturday, July 26, 2008

I continued on and am spending the night in Klamath Falls, Oregon.


Sunday, July 27, 2008

It was a long day of driving almost 400 miles from south eastern Oregon to Kennewick, Washington. I didn't realize how much high desert there was in eastern Oregon and Washington. This photo was taken just after Bend, Oregon and from then on it was barren desert.


Sunday, July 27, 2008

As I entered Washington I came upon the Columbia River. I will be fishing the headwaters of the Columbia river in British Columbia on Tuesday and Wednesday.


Sunday, July 27, 2008

This is one of many hydroelectric dams along the Columbia river.


Sunday, July 27, 2008

I've been traveling with a Garmin GPS. It has made traveling so effortless. There's no need for maps or directions. It also helps find restaurants and gas stations. It's been amazing. Thanks Lynn and Chica!


Monday, July 28, 2008

Left Kennewick, Washington and drove north towards Spokane. It was mostly high desert until I reached Spokane.


Monday, July 28, 2008

Spokane was quite a nice area with lot's of ski areas just north of it.


Monday, July 28, 2008

I finally reached the border and entered Canada late in the day.


Monday, July 28, 2008


Monday, July 28, 2008


Monday, July 28, 2008


Monday, July 28, 2008

As I neared Castlegar, which is my base camp for the next couple of days, I stopped and took this photo. I am in the middle of the Kootenay Mountains, which is part of the Canadian Rockies and runs as far south as Montana.


Monday, July 28, 2008


Monday, July 28, 2008

Yes, this is Castlegar. It's all of 2 blocks long.


Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Today I fished with Chris Dawson of Dave Brown Outfitters. I've been doing some Search Engine work on Dave Brown's websites in exchange for the next 4 days of fishing. Today we fished the Columbia River from 2:00 PM to almost 10:00 PM. This is the very first time that I've fished a river large enough that the boat needed an engine to get around. It was a beautiful overcast day with a very expressive sky. We parked the boat on an island in the middle of the river and fished along a ledge near the island. The fishing was so good that we stayed there the entire time. I caught more fish and bigger fish than I've ever caught before. It was amazing.


Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Joining us in the boat today is Chris's trusty sidekick Rio.


Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Last year on my Road Trip one of the things I had fun doing was photographing all the beautiful places we stopped for lunch. This was the view from todays lunch/dinner stop. This was also our fishing spot.


Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Here I am after hooking up with a huge Columbia River Rainbow. Rio is watching from the boat.


Tuesday, July 29, 2008

And here is the result . . .


Tuesday, July 29, 2008


Tuesday, July 29, 2008


Tuesday, July 29, 2008


Tuesday, July 29, 2008


Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Today I caught 20 vary large and strong fish, they ranged in size with 16" to 22". Most of them were 20" or longer. A 20" trout is considered a very large fish. It was a great day and a beautiful river.


Tuesday, July 29, 2008


Tuesday, July 29, 2008


Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Today Chris and I fished farther down the Columbia River near the USA border at Washington. We had another amazing day of fishing to pods of rainbows sipping caddis flies. Late in the evening the sky was choked with caddis flies, these are a primary source of food for trout. I caught 10 fish today, most of them at 20" or longer, the largest being 23". These are incredibly hard fighting fish.


Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Here are a few photos from today.


Wednesday, July 30, 2008


Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Here is where we had lunch/dinner today.


Thursday, July 31, 2008

Today I left Castlegar and drove east through BC over Kootenay Pass to Fernie.


Thursday, July 31, 2008

This was a very steep pass!!


Thursday, July 31, 2008

I finally arrived in Fernie, BC. The town is in the background. This is a very cute little ski town that transforms itself into a mountain biking and fly fishing town during the summer.


Friday, August 1, 2008

Today I'm fishing with Don Jensen of Dave Brown Outfitters. We're fishing the Elk River which runs right along the town of Fernie. I've never seen an area that is so green and lush.


Friday, August 1, 2008

I'm staying at the Griz Inn, a beautiful Ski Resort at the base of the ski lifts. This is the view from my window.


Friday, August 1, 2008

Today I fished the Elk River just north of the town of Fernie. This is a beautiful little river, a perfect fly fishermans paradise. This was where Don and I ate lunch today.


Friday, August 1, 2008

The fishing today was phenomenal! It was overcast and rained just a bit, which is perfect for fly fishing because this type of weather is when the bugs hatch. I caught 76 fish, and that's no fish story. The count was 72 Westslope Cutthroat Trout, 1 whitefish and 3 Bull Trout. These are the first Bull Trout I've ever caught, they're also on the endangered species list so I released them as quickly and gently as I could.


Friday, August 1, 2008

Here's one of the Bull Trout


Friday, August 1, 2008


Friday, August 1, 2008


Friday, August 1, 2008





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