|Small rainbow from Stream 121 (after missing the first dozen)|
|Mel shows me how to do it, catching one on her second or third hit|
Tried one more on the west side, Millridge Creek right along Hwy 12 flowing into and out of Knuppenburg Lake. Fast dropping stream, some nice deep pocket water around big boulders, a lake just upstream with brook trout - but no fish! Surprising. We did some hiking, then a quick stop at the Tieton, which was much higher than normal for this time of year. Mel pulled one small one out in a brief stop. Then a final stop at Oak Creek, where I found lots of fish a few years ago after a fire burned through and cleared out the willows. Stream was much smaller than I remembered and didn't see a fish. Not sure what has happened here. So a great day with Mel, a nice short hike, good views, wildflowers, watching Mel catch fish on her own, and one more stream to the tally for me.
|Mt Rainier from Hwy 12 viewpoint|
|Mel in Dark Meadow|
|Red sand spurry, flower is less than 1/8" across, about 1 1/2" tall|