“To the lover of wilderness, Alaska is one of the most wonderful countries in the world.” --John Muir, Travels in Alaska
Many things have pulled me away from my blog, and nearly all of them have been really good things! I enjoyed a long, busy summer of presentations on behalf of Zen Tenkara, guiding tenkara trips for Royal Gorge Anglers, as well as spending many days behind the counter at the fly shop there. Each year I keep a journal of client’s names, miles driven, water fished, and productive fly patterns, among other things. This year was no exception, and my journal is full.
Toward the end of my summer guiding season, just prior to the annual start of my “real job” as a high school teacher, I was able to allow enough time to make my first trip north to Alaska. My mission was to take tenkara to the Last Frontier. I really didn’t know what to expect, but I had rolled the idea around in my head enough to know that it would be a personal milestone, and one that I would remember for a long time. It was those and much more.
I won’t go into great detail on the trip here. A full account of the trip will be published, along with some photos, in the fall edition (coming in the next couple of weeks) of Tenkara Angler Magazine, edited by the hard-working and extremely capable Michael Agneta. I hope you enjoy it!
|Photo by Shawn Larson|