Elliott Sasquatch and “icing on the cake”

Rusty’s journal during the trip with Richard, Vietnam era Veteran, in Elliott State Forest. Mission by ODFW

November 13, 10 p.m.

An early day. A beautiful day. The journey here is the adventure. I was made aware today that being “lost” with a friend isn’t being lost at all.

It was amazing to see an early coho on her redd today. An “icing on the cake”, if you will.

Tonight I sleep under the arms of giants!

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November 14, 9:38 p.m.

A long ways from camp. On foot, of course. It’s getting dark. The rain is non-stop and we need to get fire started. Sounds like a good reason to head back? Not if the fish are rising!

This region is a maze of steep mountains, giant for trees and rivers in between.

November 15

6:12 a.m.        Rained all night. I could even hear rocks turning and shifting with the rising water.

Rich was up at 03:30 am to get the fire going. He thought it was 07:00! Guess he’ll be watching soon.

11:21 a.m.       We stopped by the fish ladder to see what difference the rain had made. Rich spotted salmon using the ladder. I saw a steelhead rise. And we spooked several otters. All throughout the drainage we saw salmon/steelhead moving. Every bridge we crossed, we would stop and look. It was “road fishing”!

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November 15, 9 p.m.

I’m at home now. Dry, tired, clean and warm. But the stillness of Elliot State Forest is still with me. Or, have I ever left?

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