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She's no longer the Mountain Goat...Yvette said ride today and hike tomorrow or hike today and ride tomorrow. I said let's go hiking. This is a tough hike, very steep, some bush whacking and route finding skills required. Perfect for Yvette...well, until she slipped in the marsh, rolled around until soaked, said she could have drowned and lost her mountain goat status. In fact, she not only slipped in the marsh, but also fell in twice on a waterfall crossing.

We left early and along the way we had a herd of 60 to 70 elk crossing the road. I took a few pics, but it was a bit dark out.



We hit the trail at a quarter to seven. Beautiful morning out.



The flowers are off the chart right now.









And the waterfalls this year are fantastic.





We arrived at the lake and I started fishing while Yvette settled in...drying her clothes before reading a book.





I caught a small one right off the bat..and then not another hit for the next hour and a half.



In the meantime, several elk came strolling by and then cruised up and over the ridge above the lake.







At about one o'clock, the fishing turned on a bit. Within a half hour, I picked up four more, missed one and lost one. Of course Yvette was watching the skies. While I was saying.."Just one more cast."









Well, after about twenty more casts..and catching fish, I had to agree it was (past) time to leave. We packed up and headed out. And the skies opened up. First big pelting rain and than sleet. And the lightning...Well, we ran into three Flash/Booms on the way down...Man, I hate getting caught in lightning. Hiking stick in hand..two rods strapped on my back. Had to double time it.





The storm passed in an hour and by the time we arrived back at the car..It was beautiful out. You know..typical Colorado. It was a great way to spend a Saturday, relax and enjoy the outdoors...we loved it.
 

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Great "fishing"report and wonderful pics. It took some time to load all of them but I'm glad I waited. I love the "Yvette Tales". She is a real trooper. Keep it up Yvette.
 

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That's kinda a dick thing to say to Hobie. Most on here, including me, prob deserve it but not this guy.
And awesome report, sorry about the wife. no longer the goat.
 

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Nice post. Lightning above tree line is really something. Been caught in some storms a few times. I'm sure you heard about the fatalities on trail ridge road this summer?
 

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Great Picts! And great report!
Makes me really want to get up to some high mountain fishing areas. I wish I could get some time away from work.
 

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I could use some relief from the heat now but without the hike.:D Nice scenery!
 

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Looks like a great day, Hobes. The description of your wife falling was hilarious :lol: . Don't know if not calling your wife a goat anymore is a good or bad thing.
 

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Thanks for the replies. Just a great day to be out. As far as the description of Yvette falling in the marsh. I missed the tumble. I'd crossed the marsh, and mentioned to Yvette to watch her step, and about a quarter mile later noticed that Yvette wasn't behind me anymore. I backtracked and found her, sitting on the ground, dripping wet, wringing out her fleece and that's when I got the description about what had happened. And the waterfall mishaps weren't just a step off into the water...but more like headers/belly flops..

But, no blood..no broken bones..no problem. She's still the GOAT..just lost that mountain goat status.
 

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Yeah I was hiking to a high lake a couple years ago with Alex and his new girlfriend. About 5 minutes up the trail is a creek that Ive crossed many times b4. This time its hauling pretty good so I just go to skip across it and slip on some lichen and up to my neck in ice water. They prolly heard my gasp down in Denver! It was pretty funny really but that dunking threw my fishing off the entire day-
 

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The worst part was the lightning. I really...really..really hate lightning. Here the fish were just starting to bite, and I've fished this lake before and know that there are some real good ones in there, and then we had to leave. Storm lasted an hour or less and if we could have waited it out...I could have fished a few more hours. But those flash booms, no time between light and noise, scare the crap out of me..Nothing to do but cross your fingers and keep on moving down.
 

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Me and Todd were fishing a lake above Guanella Pass many years ago. Fished from 5am till 1pm with maybe 2 fish total. Then the wind came up and the clouds rolled in and lightning all around. The fish started hitting every cast. 5 lb cuttys attacking spoons and rapalas, often right at our feet. The lightning was so close you could smell the ozone. We headed down with lightning everywhere. I carried my rods in hand to keep them lower. When we got to the pass the cops had a mountain biker in a body bag. He got zapped bad-
 

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It's scary stuff. Several years back, we rode out mountain bikes up Pikes Peak on Barr Trail. We were above the A Frame, just heading up the 16 Golden Stairs to the top, when the lightning hit. It was striking everywhere around us. We dumped our bikes, moved away a bit, and crouched down on the balls of our feet. Finally, I just said the heck with it...let's make a run for it, and we hopped on our bikes and blasted back down to Barr camp.

If you hike up high..sooner or later, you're going to get caught in lightning. It's happened to us several times..and it's just as scary every single time.
 

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Especially when the lake you're fishing is downhill in a bowl or something and you gotta hike back up thru the storm to get out.
 

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This was the worst lightning hike we ever took..It blasted around us for five miles all the way down the mountain. I remember getting to the bottom and the lightning still crashing..and having a hundred and fifty feet of open ground between the trees and the truck. I still haven't been back to fish that lake I never reached...and Yvette reminds me every time as we drive past the trail head. Maybe this year.

http://www.coloradofisherman.com/fo...orts/32481-high-lake-fish-porn-xxx-small.html
 

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Lightning the only thing that will keep me off the water...glad you guys are ok!...and no hypothermia for Yvette either...
 
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