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Ssp - That's great...............you got me laughin' on that one Laugh

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Some great stories here!

They've been fun reading! lol

Keep 'em comin'!!

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Good stories. I have a bunch of crazy stories but one jumps to mind. I often wonder if anyone has ever experienced anything like this. Story has nothing to do with the rockies but I was night fishing for muskies on Grindstone lake near Hayward Wisconsin. I night fish a lot for bass, walleye and muskies so I have seen some pretty strange stuff but this night was the strangest thing I have ever experienced. It was a calm June night dead calm and very clear. Grindstone is a big round and very clear water lake. It is completely developed with cabins so there is a lot of lighting that defines the shoreline. I was fishing a large reef in the middle of the lake. The northern lights were out which is fairly rare in itself. It was quite a show and since musky fishing is hours of casting and reeling, I was enjoying the light show.
As best I can describe it the Northern lights just continued to intensify. The sky was filled with colums of paisley colored lights. These colums continued to grow and started to jump around. They started to extend all the way to the water. I was with my brother who loves nothern lights and he wanted to motor into them so we fired up the boat and we could literly motor right into the light. The lights would linger and eventually disappear. We spent the next hour or so motoring into these large lighted areas that extended up into the sky. It was very surreal - like the sky lowered onto the lake.

No we did not catch any musky. No we were not doing drugs. Yes, this did really happen. I think the Vikings call this Valhalla. I would be interested to hear if anyone has experienced anything like this.

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Wow ... that is INTERESTING. It will be interesting to see how people chime in. I have seen and enjoyed the northern lights ... but assumed they were upper atmosphere or beyond (quite distant).

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Could have been the spot lights from the game wardens chopper Think Big smile

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ttt

lets keep the stories coming...... Yes

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A few years back a couple of friends & i decided to go on a back packing trip in the Smokey Mtns along the Tenn./N.C. border. It was about this time of the year late March. We hiked about 10 miles the first day, set-up camp had a great cookout etc. The next day we planned to hike to one of the ranger stations approx. 9 miles away. As we continued on up the side of the mtns. the weather decided to change to "winter". It was getting late in the day when it turned into a full blown blizzard & the temperature dropped to near 0. We kept going trying to reach the unmanned check station but it just got to the point visibility was down to a mere 20'. We decided to camp on the back side of the mtn to try & stay out of the wind. Well that sounded good except the wind was blowing so hard it was swirling around the mtn. We had to tie our tent between two trees to keep it from blowing off the mtn. The trail we were on was basically a horse trail & it was very narrow & steep both uphill & down.The storm wouldn't allow us to build a fire so we put our sleeping bags together & the 3 of us rode out the storm on the side of that mtn. We were afraid to go to sleep thinking we wouldn't wake-up. The next morning the storm lifted & once the skys cleared we could see the road leading to the rangers station less than a mile away. There wasn't any point in going any further, no one was at the station. So we packed our gear & headed back down the mtn. 18 miles later we made it back to the rangers station, they where going to send a search party for us the next day. This occured in the late 1970's when camping gear, etc. wasn't as good as today. A word of advice when spending time in the mtns, be prepared with survival gear. We checked the weather before we stepped foot in the Smokies, the forcast was clear skys & temps in the 50's.

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One time when backpacking in the Beartooth range in Montana (July) a storm set in. We quickly set up a tent of sorts. The storm hit. As we watched it looked like it was only hailing on us ... across the small lake, for example, appeared untouched. Once passed we got out of the tent to look around. Sure enough, it only hailed in about a 50 yard circle - at which we were center - and another 50 yard circle some distance off. Perfect aim. Hmmmmm.

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A few experiences from elk hunts that had little to do with elk.

- finding a limestone cave system

- seeing a bobcat

- finding a lion kill (a deer tore apart), fresh in the snow, bloody tracks, and the deer is still warm and steaming in the cold. (this was actually another guy in my group found this.)

- finding antler sheds

- watching weird collections of military planes in the sky at night from camp and wondering what the heck they are up to.

- finding an arrowhead and thinking about that hunter that was here long before you. Even sometimes finding a shell casing for that matter makes you think twice about where you are.

- watching an eagle drag a deer carcass across a field.

I still haven’t found that long lost Spanish suit of armor or that pure vein of gold while hunting but maybe this year I will.

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One time climbing in Central Idaho we were going up a ridge and I found a nice fossil. Whoa, I put it in my pack. Then I found another, and another, and another. Premium fossils were all over the place. Now my pack was heavier - and we were climbing - so I thought - we'll just get them on the way down. We took another route down and that was the last I saw of them.

I worked one summer at another location in Central Idaho. We would routinely find arrowheads - to the point - no big deal (I guess there is a sort of a pun there).

To this day I have not one arrowhead or fossil in my possession.

What was I thinking? eye roll

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