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The new site is up and running, though not quite finished.

The new site is up and running, though not quite finished.

They tell you that having a child changes everything. While I’m  not sure that’s entirely true, I am sure that bringing George into the fold has resulted in a shift in our priorities and goals. With that, Mike and I have started a new project to celebrate and sometimes commiserate integrating a child into an outdoor-oriented lifestyle. Please check out raisinggus.com and let me know what you think. Are there topics you’d like to see explored? What’s been your experience with bringing your kids along for the adventure? I’m looking forward to sharing the journey with you.

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There are a couple new personal and professional projects in the works, and we’ve been messing around with video a bit. This short piece came from a morning on the river. What do you think? Are you a fan of video storytelling? Audio? Still photos? Just words?

It’s been busy on the home front. Please look for more posts to come soon. In the meantime check out a quick update over at Tasty Takes.

It’s getting to be that time. Rivers are thawing, the ice is breaking up. Two days ago there was a small hatch. Yesterday a truck parked at the sign hole. Tying is getting a bit more frantic. Dreams are starting to take shape, and soon, with a bit of luck and a whole lot of planning, they may just look like reality.

On that note, Patagonia recently released its Spring 2014 Fly Fishing digital lookbook featuring amazing images from around the globe. Toward the end of the book is a short essay by Northwest fly fisherman and writer, Dylan Tomine. It’s pasted below (click on text below and scroll through images for original version). Check out more of Tomine’s writing and life at his website, located here.

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There's something about the first one. And the second.

There’s something about the first one.

Short update from Labrador over at the Orvis blog.

Streamers, Dalis, and Clousers. Oh My!

Streamers, Dalis, and Clousers. Oh My!

We’re leaving for Labrador today. It’s going to be an adventure! Stay tuned for updates.

Photo by Catalina Jean Dow.

Photo by Catalina Jean Dow.

Time flies when you’re having fun, and summer seems to be moving at speeds well past the posted limit. Below is a quick update on where I’ve been and where I’m headed in the next few months.LowerGunny_628

In early June Mike and I traveled back to Oregon where we proceeded to fish, bike, run, work and get married in a several week long celebration of friends and family. It was an amazing time, and I am so thankful. On a professional note, I changed my name from Brown to Eaton, and my writing byline moving forward will be Aimee L. Eaton. I understand that changing my name after publishing under it for several years presents some challenges, but it feels right to me. Please, if you have questions about what I’ve written in the past, or what I’m responsible for in the future, don’t hesitate to contact me.

We came home to the western slope to find summer had kicked off in force. The trails are clear of snow and fishing has been amazing. Plenty of walk wading in addition to regular float trips (the raft came out to CO with us, and I’m attempting to learn to row. Talk about a junk show.).

In August I’m headed to Labrador to fish for landlocked Atlantic salmon and trophy brook trout with Gray Ghost Prodcutions. To say I’m freaking out would be an understatement. If everything goes as planned there will be a few stories and films from the trip.

CollaredThen in October, my book, Collared: Politics and Personalities in Oregon’s Wolf Country will be published by OSU Press. I’m finishing up the last details for the manuscript now, and the press is beginning marketing work.

In the meantime, I’m working on stories, working as an editor at the Crested Butte News, filling a few shifts at Dragonfly Anglers and in general rocking and rolling.

Here’s hoping things in your world are amazing.

BearThis guy wandered through the neighborhood two nights ago. I saw him through the window as I sat piecing fabric together. When I went outside for a closer look he turned and ran. Why do they call them black?

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Unsettled weather and rapid freeze thaw cycles have resulted in breakable crust and punchy conditions making the actual skiing a challenge. It says something when the up is better than the down.

 

“Because I don’t want to say I wish. I want to say damn, that was awesome.”

Written be Brendan Leonard and Fitz Cahall.