20 October 2009
I took a little ride this afternoon over on the Old Yellowstone Trail. I figured I’d do one last check on the River View House as our last fishing guests of the season headed off. I felt like I had the whole place to myself. The river was bare of boats or fishers, yet fish were rising right in front of me and it looked temptingly inviting. A drive down 89 revealed no campers in Yankee Jim and no trailers at Joe Brown. A low cloud hung at about 8,000 feet, lit up from the back bright white from the setting sun.
I’d thought about heading up to the Alpine House, but that plan was changed due to 2 shooter bulls lounging in the sun with a pack of cows. I tested my reverse skills and headed over towards Daily. I noticed there is still a good amount of water coming from the Sheep and Garden creek, so I opened the valve to Thelma’s and glassed a bit. I was looking for both elk and elk camps. I learned a valuable lesson early on in this business. If someone thinks there’s a good spot to hunt or fish and writes about it, people will come. I’ve sworn this mountain to secrecy.
As I turned off 89 towards Corwin, I noticed someone finally changed the signs from 45 MPH to 60MPH, no doubt a “weaning” of Montana drivers, never did know for sure why there even was a speed limit there. It was good to get past the church and glass the back side of Dome which reminded me just how big this country is.
All is well on the mountain, elk season is just a few days away. Some hunters and guides are already in camp. It’s a fun time, perhaps the best time to enjoy a little “Montana Time".
See You on the Mountain!