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  • Friday, September 27, 2013

    Of Snows And Baetids

    ERUPTION COMES TO MIND
    Noses In The Air
    backs and fins bulge the film
    RUNNERS BE DAMNED, THE FIREHOLE RIVER IS ALIVE WITH BUGS
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    .. It's not been much of a storm. The skies have been a light gray without the heavy slate tones of true winter.
    .. There has been as much rain as snow in the gentle bit of precipitation that managed to reach the ground. The footprints in the dusting disappeared by 1:00 PM. Bits of white are now tucked in the corners facing north. This weather event is not much to talk about unless you're from the lowlands or Florida.
    .. Some places on the west side of Yellowstone National Park received enough snow for tourist pictures and the cool air makes the steam picturesque.
    .. The neighbors, on the other hand, enjoy the uniform gray and dampness that signals things much more intriguing than a few flakes and drops.
    PRETTY LITTLE BUGS
    .. Reports from: Ashton, Idaho, - Chester, Idaho, - Island Park, Idaho, - Slide Inn, Montana, - Cameron, Montana, - Ennis, Montana, - Campfire Lodge, Montana, - West Yellowstone, Montana, - Madison Junction, Wyoming, - Old Faithful - Wyoming, - Norris Campground, Wyoming, AND all places in between suggest that we are having a spectacular "BAETID EVENT."
    .. The fish were, and are, very pleased and, the fishers nearly soiled their shorts, (rumors abound but are not to be propagated here.)
    .. Reported sizes ranged from size 12, (doubtful but possible,) to size 22 - eeegad! The fish ate them all and the fisher folk are still telling the stories, (fishers being what they are.)
    .. A few headhunters along the Madison River were treated to the sight of porpoising submarines that were unmoved by gaudy streamers.  A sight to haunt nightmares for generations to come.
    .. It's happening again today. Maybe tomorrow too. It's not an unheard of event to have bugs hatching at the appropriate time of day and year for their maturation cycle. It is, in fact, a normal occurrence.
    .. But for the density and persistence of bugs over at least five rivers at the same time and at several disparate elevations is just a touch unusual.
    .. There are a great many bugs hatching right now. Let's just leave it at that and suggest that you should have been here yesterday.
    .. It's time for our breakfast hamburger.
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    A PERFECT BREAKFAST: ANGUS, MUSHROOMS, SWISS, FRESH BUN, - - - BURP!