The train car where we stayed.
The outside of the lodge
Bar and lounge area
Kitchen and Dining area
Chris relaxing after lunch on Saturday before heading out to the lake again.
We saw deer and blue heron and squirrels and were told that bear have been seen wandering the property and Devine told us that a bear even came into the lodge one time! I thought it would be neat to see a bear but the others didn't really share my enthusiasm!
A cute lil' friend!
Creeks and waterfalls on the property
Antelope Creek carves a path through the middle of the ranch and offers nearly 2 miles of fishing for rainbow and brown trout and goes through the ranch dividing the meadow and cutting through the trees and forest. The fish in the streams are not large but the ones in the lakes were pretty good size. We could actually see them swimming around and taunting us at the lakes and jumping up to catch bugs and flies. Both of the lakes can be fished from the shore or by using float tubes. We have a float boat, but we didn't take it with us this time.
....and one of the fish he caught!
the Lower Lake
The property used to also be a Christmas tree farm. This red barn is all that is left of the farm.
It is so rustic and pretty on the property.
The Upper Lake
And boy did we eat well too! The caretakers of the property, Gary and Devine (yes her name is Devine) took great care of us. We had pecan-crusted tilapia with crushed corn, salad, homemade bread both nights, homemade cheesecake, homemade cinnamon rolls and banana bread and perfectly cooked bacon and eggs. We had grilled beef skewers with rice, cheese steak sandos and the best french toast. All our meals included fruit, wine and coffee. Absolutely delicious! And the best part? We didn't have to cook OR clean up when we were through. We just had to grab our fishing gear and head back out to the lakes and streams to catch more fish!
This was my first time fly-fishing and Roger and Chris were very patient teaching me how to cast and strip the line back in. Fly-fishing is a true art and I didn't do too bad! I even caught 3 fish! But I also caught several bushes, trees, lots of tall grass, my arm and even the top of my shoe. I did get frustrated and my arm and shoulder became sore from all the casting, but all in all I had a great time and can't wait to do it again. When I got tired I sat in a chair under the trees and read and listened to the sounds of nature and just enjoyed the solitude. It was nice not to have to answer phones or email. I'd hear the frequent "whoo hoo" from one of the guys when they hooked another fish!
hahaha! at least I LOOK like a fisherwoman!
patiently waiting for something to go after my fly!
My 1st fish! Yay for me!
And before we let him go again
Roger and Chris were very successful (and way more patient) and caught about 25-30 fish between them - I lost count. We fished Friday afternoon and evening, all day Saturday and the guys went out Saturday after dinner and Chris went out Sunday morning before breakfast.
We were sorry to see the weekend end and headed home on Sunday after breakfast. It was a fantastic weekend with great friends and we can't wait to do it again next year!