Did a boys only trip to Puerto Vallarta and the small fishing village of Yelapa.
I was lucky to be asked to come along on a 5 day fishing trip up in Ontario, Canada at Press Lake.
Press Lake Camp www.presslake.on.ca is the only resort on this pristine lake of 73 miles round. Itâ€™s filled with tasty Walleye, aggressive Northern Pikes and good size Smallmouths. You will have the lake to yourself most of the time, you hardly see other fishing boats. The resort is owned by a super nice guy (Ryan Nicholas) that will make sure you know where the fish are and how to fish for them.
Most of the days we caught our limit of Walleye and threw back a bunch of Northern Pike.
Eagle looking for a floating fish
This is Linnaâ€™s first trip to Alaska and our adventure started in Anchorage.
Six of us drove over to Southeast Washington to see the beautiful Palouse Falls and area.
Linna and I had plans to visit Russia, but because of Covid, that didnâ€™t happen. Do we chose to vacation in Japan for Linna birthday.
After our fourth time, Linna and I agreed that this will be the last time we hike this grueling twenty mile thru hike in the beautiful Enchantments in one day. Like most one day thru-hikers we started at Colchuck trailhead and descended down to Snows Lake trailhead. This is truly a brutal trek with 4,500 feet gain and 6,500 feet descent on not so easy terrain. Our group of 9 friends started around 7:00 a.m. and made it back to the vehicles around 10:00 p.m.. I packed a cooler in the morning, so we had cold beers waiting for us.
For my 59th birthday, my wife Linna worked with local Georgian guide Davit Berishvili to provide a well-balanced 10 day journey that included hiking, site-seeing, food/wine tasting and culture gathering.Â We invited our good friend Michael Curry to join us on this truly once in a life-time vacation packed excursion.
This will be our first vacation/journey that we hired a professional guide for the duration of a trip and looking back at it now, I am so pleased that Linna organized it that way.Â There would have been a language barrier at many of the locations and restaurants we visited.Â Also, there is a unique way of driving in Georgia, similar to Chinaâ€¦.there are no set of road lines or rules.Â People will pass with on-coming traffic and at the same time deal with local cattle wandering on the road.Â But, we were so fortunate to have the best tour guide in Georgiaâ€¦Gaga Chechelashvili.Â Not only was he a safe aggressive driver, but also a fun tour guide and a true gentleman.Â Gaga picked us up at the Tbilisi airport in his 4×4 right hand drive Mitsubishi Pajero.Â Not sure, but maybe 1 in 10 cars were right hand drive purchased from Japan because of their excellent condition and reliability.
I think March is a wonderful month to visit Japan….perfect temperature for a big boy like myself. I flew to Narita and then onto Osaka where my good friend Moto Tanaka was waiting for me.
Nashville is a great city for music, restaurants and bar hopping, it has that feel of Biehl Street but a bit cleaner and safer. Not only is Nashville the Capital of Tennessee, but home to Country Music Hall of Fame, Johnny Cash Museum, Grand Ole Opry House and the historic Ryman Auditorium. We also celebrated Linna’s 47th birthday in Nashville and attending a Fleetwood Mac concert.
Our good friend Jim Darmiento was celebrating his 50th birthday in Winthrop, Washington and asked a few friends to come along. He rented Hazel’s Overnight rental right across the street from Copper Glance restaurant in the heart of Winthrop. In fact our first night we had dinner and drinks at the Copper Glance. Due to a late night, we headed out snowshoeing Patterson Lake next day, followed with drinks and appetizers at the Sun Mountain Lodge.