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I want to share something with you guys... something that took my whole life to understand, but can be summed up in several pictures...


As a kid, I was fortunate enough to be able to fish with my dad and uncles quite often. We had one spot we frequented... One special "secret" family spot that "nobody else knew about"... It was our haven, and as a kid we used to go once a year from the time I was 5 until I was 9 or 10. It was the greatest memory of my childhood, by far.

This lake means as much to me now as it did then, and today I started going through old pictures, remembering. (Note: in the EXTREMELY unlikely case you know this lake, please keep it to yourself)

This was a hike-in location, and we NEVER once saw any other soul there. We would always get there on a Friday afternoon, set up camp, toss a line out, inflate the boats and maybe fish a little bit before hitting the sack. Saturday was all day fishing, Sunday we would fish until noon or so, then pack out and head back to Denver.



This trip was in 1988:

My fishing buddy and I out in the boat, slaying some brookies!!!





Fish ON!!!!!





Back at camp, proud of the day's take!





My best buddy... never left my side as a kid.





Always a 100+ fish trip for each of us...






NOW.... Fast forward to 2003. Living in another state, we haven't fished our beloved spot in 10 years. We planned a family vacation to come home to Colorado and take one more crack at our hidden treasure lake. My fishing buddy had just died at the age of 17, but not much else had changed. The lake was EXACTLY as we remembered it, the fish just as hungry, and they tasted JUST as good. Notice the similarities in the pictures in THIS set of photos compared to the last.


Got to the spot mid Friday afternoon and set up camp




Got the boats inflated and ready to ROCK!!! Notice the yellow boat? It lasted 20 years before finally running out of life.





Brookies just the same... I, however, was a little different. =)







The cousins and I showing off the day's slaughter. All these got eaten that night.




Fish ON!!!! (part 2)




Uncle Lance and Uncle Mike cooking up brookies and cornmeal mush!!!





The lake at sunset... the best time out there.





So, I guess I posted this for a few reasons... One, to show that fishing (unlike people) sometimes never changes... 15 years later and all that changed was us. It's amazing to look at these pix and contemplate the timelessness of our sport... the comeraderie that comes with it, and the memories we built as a family.

Fishing is more than a rod and reel... It's more than fish and a fisherman. I don't know how to put it into words, so I hope these pictures speak for me.
 

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Very nice post! Glad that you were able to go back and have the same experiences 15 years later. That is not always an option....

Thumbs up! :thumb:
 

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Very nice post -- great pics! Those experiences are so valuable for kids. Makes for a lifetime of memories and love for the outdoors. :)
 

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Thats one of the great things about growing up in this state! Most the high mountian lakes we enjoyed as kids are still the same and can be enjoyed by our kids. Some of my greatest memories are from being a kid and hanging out with my dad on the Flattops or hiking into lakes up on the Grand Mesa. And now my daughters get to make memories of their own doing the same thing! We truely are blessed! Great post Op!
 

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Cool thread!! Those high mountain lakes can def. be a hidden gem!

You been there since 2003? Maybe a 10yr later trip with some pics is in order?
 

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Thanks for all the replies, guys!!! Just read em all, as the boy and I were out fishing all day.

I agree that growing up in Colorado was a big part of who I became... Gave me love and respect for the outdoors and brought my family closer together. I feel blessed every time I look at those old pictures and know that I live in the greatest state in the nation, and that my kids get to grow up here too.




Maybe a 10yr later trip with some pics is in order?

That's what all this is leading up to. ;)
 

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Thanks for all the replies, guys!!! Just read em all, as the boy and I were out fishing all day.

I agree that growing up in Colorado was a big part of who I became... Gave me love and respect for the outdoors and brought my family closer together. I feel blessed every time I look at those old pictures and know that I live in the greatest state in the nation, and that my kids get to grow up here too.







That's what all this is leading up to. ;)
Well I hope you find it as you had left it!
 

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Me too. Its been so long... But then again, the last interval was 10 years as well...

Its not an easy lake to get to... The area is only open a few months a year, and its quite a ways away from Denver... But that's probably a big reason it stays pristine and hidden. ;)
 
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