Howler Dispatch: Privateers Head West

Posted on August 28, 2015

Salt Lake City and Beyond

Drew and David put more miles on the van heading northwest for Salt Lake City and the Outdoor Retailer Convention. Some definite highlights along the way were the Casting for a Cure tournament in Idaho and then a meet up with an old raft guide buddy on the main fork of the Salmon river in the tiny little settlement of Sunbeam. They caught a Wrinkle Neck Mules show, sunk some flies braving the cold and snow in July before they headed back to Stanley for some amazing views of the Sawtooth range.

With the beer on ice, the drift boat packed, and the BBQ ready to go, Dutch John was another event to remember in Utah. Our Privateers set up camp and waited for Howler Ambassador Colby Crossland and the crew to come down for a little bit of free grub and mischief. New friends were made and many stories were told. After a few days of camping and sampling local brews it was off to Salt Lake and meeting up with the Howler Crew.

After the show it was another left, west, destined for Oregon and Washington. First stop, a dawn patrol trip to in Deschutes, with a thick chilly fog and a bright orange sunrise they landed a few fish before headed out to Portland. There they got a tour of the Danner Boots factory and a taste of legendary Bend craft brew at 10 Barrel Brewery. Mexican food in an old Scandinavian ship worker neighborhood in Seattle, a trek up into Snow lake, and then another ridge over to Gem lake in the wilds of Washington. The Cascades made for prime views and star gazing, then back down to Tacoma, the City of Destiny.

A quick and dirty breakfast was needed before they left the Pacific Northwest and turned the van for the final leg of the Howler Odyssey. Godspeed and good luck, fellas!