Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Blue Mesa Lake

I can't believe how fast the last few days have gone by.

We were extremely busy this Labor Day weekend. I spent 5 hours with the horses on Saturday. Things are not going as well as I would like on the horse front-but more on that in another post.

Sunday we went fishing at Blue Mesa Lake. As with pretty much everywhere in Colorado the scenery is fantastic...




The fishing on the other hand....well...not so much!!

We were primarily fishing for Kokini Salmon. These salmon live in large schools and to find them, the guide pretty much just drove around the lake...which is about 20 miles long...looking for the schools with a fish finder. It's a bit late in the season as the salmon have pretty much stopped feeding and are getting ready to head up the Gunnison River to spawn.

When you find a school of salmon, you simply stop over the top of them and drop your line in the water to the appropriate depth and "jig". Basically, you are simply trying to irritate the salmon enough that that they will strike your lure. I suspect it would be more fun if we had actually caught a fish. But we didn't. Not ONE single fish. Blahhhhh!

The funniest part is when the other boats see you stop and drop your lines...EVERYONE gathers around...
Combat fishing!! LMAO!!

We spent the whole day on the lake. It was a little less than enthusing...
I made a huge...HUGE mistake. I took a little siesta and sunburnt the living crap out of my face. I mean BAD! Yep-I had sunscreen on, but I took the wrong chapstick. The biggest problem is that my mouth is very sensitive to the sun anyway and not having my HEPI-30 chapstick didn't give me the protection I've come to rely on. I'm prone to coldsores and fever blisters. Right now, my mouth is about 3 times it's normal size. Not even my presciption could head these blisters off.

It has really messed up my riding schedule...oh yea and my work schedule...this week. I refuse to leave the house. I can't handle the hint of sunlight on my face and the fever blisters make my whole head hurt, besides being sick to my stomach. I'm just desperately hoping that the swelling goes down by Friday night. My Honey bought a table at the NRA banquet and we had so much fun last year that I really, really want to go. But if my mouth hasn't come down by then, you can bet, I won't be going.

Nor will I be able to handle going to a barrel racing this weekend unless these blisters subside.:(

CRAP!!!

11 comments:

Mrs Mom said...

HEAL UP QUICK GIRL!!!

Fingers crossed for you. Not only so you get to go to the dinner, but so that you can feel healthy again. gah!!

Thats it. With all the crap that has once again been going on here, AND the pix you put up, we wanna move there...lolololol

Howdy to HoneyMan from us, and looking forward to hear whats up on the equine front.

Kristen said...

ugh, my lips burn really badly if I don't use special sunblock on them. I feel your pain! Hope it heals up fast!

Paint Girl said...

Sorry to hear about your lips. That sounds very painful! Hope you heal up fast so you can go have some fun!
The lake is gorgeous. Too bad you didn't catch any fish. We have been fishing too, and haven't had any luck. The heavy rain we just had is good for bringing the fish up the river, but not so good for visibility. Oh well, I am sure we will start catching them soon! We always do.

SunnySD said...

Pretty pics!

Ooh! I so sympathize. I always burn myself really badly the first nice day of the year because I wander out without sunblock. And everything hurts, not just the burned bits.

Hope the swelling goes down quick!

Vaquerogirl said...

Hey Napoleon Dynamite- " But my lips hurt real bad"
I do feel for you! It is the thing I always burn! And to miss an NRA dinner- Oh NO! I hope the swelling goes away soon!
The lake looked great- Combat fishing made me laugh!

Mikey said...

Sooo pretty up there! I hear ya though, I hate to fish and not catch anything (which happened to us on Sunday)
Hope you get to feeling better soon!

City girl turned Country Girl said...

Well the fishing sucked!!! So sorry to hear about your lips and face!! Man that sun is brutal for you!! I hope you get well soon so you can enjoy your weekend!

Leah Fry said...

Oh man! I get fever blisters like that also. I used to use the Rx stuff, but found a one-shot product at CVS pharmacy that actually works, but you have to catch them before they blister.

And I know what you mean about having them so bad they make your stomach hurt. The sun can do that to you! Hope you feel better soon and are fit to be seen in public!

Laura said...

Ouch - sounds painful! Hope it heals up to make the banquet...

Too bad about the fishing...

Fantastyk Voyager said...

That's a beautiful lake.
Aww, I'm so sorry you didn't catch any fish and that you got so sunburned. I got sun poisoning once, while skiing, and now I am very sensitive to the sun. Heal fast!

Danielle Michelle said...

Not far from me - beautiful lake huh? You should travel a little further south and visit Lake Navajo - the fishing is a little better too!!!