Dog Days

Green River (Map)

Leaking DAm

If I could only fish one river again in my life, it might very well be the Green River near Dutch John, Utah. The perfect combination comes together here – huge numbers of fish, abundant wildlife, and incredible scenery. This is also a great fishery to both wade fish or float on a boat, which I did today. I didn’t even get my boots wet! This photo is of icicles formed from a leaking dam.

After launching my first 5-week trip yesterday, I arrived at dusk at the Flaming Gorge Resort, a great place to stay when visiting the Green. They allowed me to park my camper in a not-yet opened RV spot.

My camper management skills are not really up to par. In fact it took me about 30 minutes just to back my camper into the spot near enough to hook up the electricity for my camper.  Unfortunately, the plugs didn’t match up so I decided that heat was good enough for the first night and I would just use my LED lights.

I walked into the camper with visions of a glass of a good Cab-Merlot mix with a candle to celebrate my first night on the road only to find 5 gallons of water on the floor after a jug had cracked open. Fortunately I didn’t have anything on the floor except some throw rugs so I hung them up to dry and pretended I had a sound spa on all night with their drip, drip, drip.

I dealt with the electricity this morning – or rather a kind person from the resort did – unhooked my camper, headed off for a delicious sausage breakfast burrito, a cup of coffee and a bathroom! With the cold weather I don’t dare to put water in the camper in fear that it will freeze.

So the camper experience may not have started out auspiciously, but the rest of the day made up for that. As I’ve said before, being on a river helps to put everything in perspective. The troubles you bring are soon forgotten or at least packaged and sent elsewhere.


Snoopy's HoleI love this photo of Snoopy’s Hole in the “A” section of the Green just below the dam. So much more to write about but I keep falling asleep sitting up at my computer…

5 thoughts on “Dog Days

  1. Please be a responsible fisherperson and be aware of the invasive species issue. I am sure you are knowledgeable and prepared. But please let the public know what you are doing to protect each resource you visit from one to the next. The whole reason invasives spread is because of people like yourself that want to visit to many rivers in a short period of time. I hope you have fun and please keep the future of the resource in mind. I want my kids kids to have healthy rivers to fish in.

    • The previous comment about invasive species in our rivers is one that I will address in my blog several times throughout my journey. Thanks for bringing it to the forefront as early in my journey as possible.

  2. Glad you are practicing up on backing up the camper! You can hone your camping skills on your next stop! The Green sounds amazing and it is so hopeful to meet knowledgeable and giving people who are trying to help preserve our natural resourses.

  3. Shelley,
    One thing I learned about my camper is that some NICE guy will always be around the corner to help, and love every second of it. The Green is the best River and my favorite.

  4. Stay away from NICE guys 🙂 this one really made me laugh…thanks for all the writing and updates…I was a little behind!!

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