This past week I took a trip to the mountains in Lincoln National Forest. For some it isn’t all that special of a trip, but for a person like me who is from the flat and dry plains of Texas, it was a definite improvement in scenery. The massive Douglas fir trees, the tall pines and all of the green that you’re not used to seeing in my neck of the woods are somewhat breath taking. Not to mention the drive up the mountain road with the fantastic view out across the rest of landscape that seemed tiny in comparison.
When we arrived to the cabin we were staying in, it was like it was built on the perfect spot overlooking the valley below. A short hike up the canyon, we came to a small lake that seemed to be nicely tucked in between the two mountains on either side. Among the fury of trout was an older man out on the lake taking advantage of the feeding frenzy. It was fairly interesting to watch, as he was paddling around on what looked to be one of those inflatable pontoon boats.
After hanging around for a while, we began to strike up a conversation with him about his nifty little setup. It wasn’t long before he started to divulge what he was using and where he got it from. He basically told us he was searing around online and found this website www.topinflatableboats.com where there were a bunch of reviews. It made it easy to sift through all of the different inflatable boats and pick which one was going to be the best fit for what he was trying to do out here.
The older man went through some of the rest of his fishing gear and tactics as well, knowing that we weren’t from around so we wouldn’t really be much competition for him. For being a mountain man, he was actually quite open to conversation, which was not that expected to be honest. All in all, it turned out to be a great trip. We got to enjoy the beauty of Mother Nature and get a little fishing in all while getting a nice peaceful rest away from the rest of the busy world. If you ever get the chance, I would highly recommend taking a trip out to New Mexico and enjoy the oasis that is Lincoln National Forest.