Sunday, July 19, 2009
I found a bonnet that fit Liv at the farmers market. Now she can see when it is bright...kind of.
I took them for a bike ride around the Clark Fork. We were throwing rocks off of the foot bridge. I let them fill my backpack with rocks on the river bank then I packed them up to the bridge for them. There were a couple guys jumping off of the bridge into the river; they asked us to take care of their puppy when they were floating downstream. The boys had fun with the dog, and we took her for a short ride.
Trip to Splash Montana
We had a lot of fun in the lazy river trying the dodge the water falls. Kannon, Bri, and Bro.
Beautiful day, fun water slides and water park, and great dippin dots. I was impressed with Missoula's community pool. For only $5.50 admission, there was quite a lot to do in the park.
I actually caught my first bull trout shortly after, but I lost it as I was unhooking it before the picture. I think that this was my first bull trout; I may have caught one steelhead fishing on the Salmon river before, but I can't remember. Halfway through the float we found a good spot to stop for lunch. We grilled us some brats and ate a bunch of junk. Steve didn't finish his dog and was trying to catch a fish with his leftover hotdog, those Californians.
The float was around 15 miles; we ended up getting off of the river around 4:00. Steven ended up catching the one fish, Jim caught 2 or 3, and I caught 6. For being our first time floating the stretch, it was pretty good. I caught this Bull Trout in a good deep hole second cast into the hole. I estimated him 22 to 24 inches long, weighing 4 to 5 pounds. He fought for at least 5 minutes; Jim was filming the entire time. You can't keep the bulls in the Blackfoot river, but they are a kick in the pants to catch. When Jim started to film, he jumped out of the boat hooking himself with his rapala. The film is hilarious. The fish jumped out of my hands while we were taking the last picture. It definitely made my trip.
On Thursday we showed her family around downtown Missoula. We stopped into the grizzly tackle fishing store near Caras. I was trying to figure out where Jim, Steven, and I were going to go fishing the next day. Jim wanted to do a little fishing while he visited, so I tried to set something up. The consensus was to try the upper Blackfoot river around Ovando. We ate lunch and Mckenzie River Pizza; it was da best. When we were leaving, we put Olivia back in her baby backpack. Jim was helping Kristin who was wearing the backpack, and he accidently pinched Liv's arm in the buckle. She was screaming, and it made Ashley cry. She is a good mom. I guess this was Liv's first boo boo. Jim felt really bad, so I made fun of him most of the day in good fun.
We also showed her family the Missoula Art Museum. There was a wierd rock exhibit on one of the floors; I guess it was art. Here is a picture of Steve meditating by the rock garden.
In the evening, Jim and Steve helped me pick up the rental raft. I found a place that would rent a fishing raft for a hundred bucks. We were hoping it would be worth it. We actually took out Barbara and Kristin on a short float on the lower Blackfoot that evening. Jim and I rode tubes next to the raft. The river was a bit cold, but not too bad. I was the lucky one riding "fat bottom girl". She is my tube that is horribly lop sided therefore quite tricky to ride. She tries to throw you off in the rapids, in fact she did throw me off once. Steve oared the boat while we were in the water.
Monday, July 13, 2009
Skyping with daddy. She loves talking to grammy and grandpa.
" I'm a little tea pot short and stout..."
Liv found her thumb to suck on the other day. Super cute.