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Family trip to California

August 22, 2012

WOW – that’s what I can say about my August 2012 trip to California.

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I want to extent thanks to all at SC Surf Fishing for replying to my numerous pre-departure questions and messages. A big thank-you to everyone I corresponded with before my trip! You guys offered me meet-ups, gear to share, and more! Thank you!

Slyfisherman
ngt
Dave Legacy
Surf Fisherman
Morales731
Ironmachin
ocsawdust
pootie-teng

A BIG thank-you to everyone I was able to personally meet and fish with!

KenT
Tombo808
Bigminnowfisher
Rfdesq
kaipo

I was planning on meeting more of you guys, but my timing was changed last-minute and our schedules didn’t mesh any more. Next time!

What a trip! After experiencing such a diverse fishery, it was difficult to get on the plane and fly back home to Toronto. Seriously, it was difficult. Leave me there forever.

Fishing didn’t begin until a few days into the trip. After seeing Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon and Palm springs my family headed to San Diego where I met up with KenT.  By blind luck, KenT and I ended up in San Diego on the same days!

Nevada

Las Vegas sunset:

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Getting stocked up for “some” fishing at the Bass Pro Shops in Las Vegas.

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Excellent view of the Hoover Dam from the new bridge. Thank-you to MikeH for pointing me in the right direction before the trip!

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Arizona

We made an obligatory stop at the Grand Canyon to view the sunset:

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Then, we were off to California! We had hours upon hours of deserted desert to drive through.

Desert as far as the eye can see. Fishing prospects are not good!

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Looking for snakes:

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Palm Springs

On our way to San Diego, we stopped for a night to see the city of Palm Springs.

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Before leaving Palm Springs, we had the pleasure of visiting the Coachella Valley Preserve. Visiting in the extremely hot, summer months gave us the place to ourselves as Palm Springs is usually busy in the tolerable winter.

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Oasis in sight, I’m saved!

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At the oasis:

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I spooked a Great Horned Owl perching on the railing and it flew up to a nearby tree:

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A natural oasis and a truly magical place, I spotted the first few fish of the trip: western mosquitofish. Unfortunately, my tackle wasn’t small enough to hook one of these little guys.

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Apparently they’re trying to control the populations of western mosquitofish:

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After our half-day visiting the oasis, I was off with my family to San Diego to meet up with Ken.

On route to San Diego:

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