The reason we came to Stanley Idaho and the Sawtooth National Recreation Area was a recommendation from a friend on mine, Mary Ann Dozer. Mary Ann is a Fly Fishing Guide for this area as well as the McKenzie River in Oregon. She is also FFF Master Casting Instructor. I met her last year at a beginning fly casting class and she awakened my love of fishing that I had suppressed for years. If Mary Ann says Stanley is the place to go, that's good enough for us.
Mary Ann's guide schedule opened up on Sunday and we were excited she and her husband, Dave, were available for a visit. It was a great afternoon of hamburgers, chips, and swapping stories about experiences on the river and life. Ironically, Mary Ann is from the same state as Ray -
Had to check out the river in front of our camping site. It was fun to fish again with Mary Ann. Her enthusiasm is catching.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the 19 firefighters battling the Arizona blaze that lost their lives. Their dreams ended too early.
We will always appreciate the work fire crews perform to save the beauty of the national parks, forests and wilderness areas that we will be visiting along your journey this year.