We chose Chief Timothy today for a fishing outing with our boat Pisca-Dory on the Snake River. We enjoy this portion of the River not only for its beauty and serenity, but today we also chose it to avoid the crowds elsewhere that were closer to a noisy international jet boat race boasting no limits on horsepower.
We saw bass in the water and saw more of them in deeper water on our Garmin fishfinder. My husband hooked a fairly large bass who released himself, apparently recalling a previous engagement. I hooked a 4-incher and promptly released him. Rocks and logs took three lures from me and one from Vic. All that notwithstanding, we relished our time on the river; we always do. The day was not uncivilly hot, and the sky and canyon were clear and free of smoke. It’s okay that no fish wanted to come home with us. Fishing is rewarding in its own ways, with or without catching fish. Life is full of belayed aspirations.
I get a head start with a little fishing from the dock while Vic parks the truck and boat trailer.
We drift toward a cove, trolling with our lines, of no interest to the fish we see in our fishfinder.
We approach a cove where all the bass are happy and never wish to leave home.
My husband took all the photos for this post.
My husband and I count as a blessing our proximity to the Evans Pond area and the Chief Timothy Game Management Unit. The 10-minute drive from our home is as pleasant as the destination, taking us past farms and cattle ranches from which we can see Idaho’s Craig Mountain scenery in the distance, and along the Snake River and its canyon. Hunting season is not till October and ends in January, so we have nine quiet months a year to appreciate coots and other riparian life.
Located in Whitman County, Washington, Wawawi County Park is my nominee for the most beautiful county park anywhere. But I favor subtle places that don’t need dramatic features to narrate their quiet beauty.
Lower Snake River Canyon from Steptoe Canyon Road, on the way to Wawawi
An osprey surveys the vastness of his holdings
Snake River Canyon from Steptoe Canyon Road
A view from the trail
Tousled blond rye
We just cannot get enough of the Snake River, its canyon, and its life.
Besides coping with an acyclovir side-effect (pharmaceutical producers like to call these “effects the product is not marketed to produce”) last Saturday, I responded with more exuberance than I thought I had to my husband’s proposal that we go to Wawawai. The pleasant Whitman County destination is for us just a half-hour’s drive, and features a moderate walk in view of always-beautiful Snake River Canyon.
Wawawai, which meant “council grounds” to its early inhabitants, the Nez Perce people, became an orchard community and was later flooded to develop Lower Granite Dam. I wrote a blog account last May when we first visited Wawawai; I see from my former account that lupines were in bloom; they weren’t up to it this early. We enjoyed a happy time there, walking around looking at the bunchgrasses, thistle skeletons, and arrowleaf balsamroot flowers.
The real State Grass of Washington State: Bluebunch wheatgrass