Troutbirder II

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Sunday, December 25, 2016

Greg

A late fall scene looking across beautiful Lake Yellowstone with boiling steam rising along the shoreline in the distance. My brother & I were there for the trout fishing. It turned out to be the last of our many outdoor adventures together.
We had spent two freezing fruitless days on the Lamar River, even stopping by Castle Geyser to thaw our hands and flyrods in steamy vapor. Heading south to try spinner fishing for cutthroats on gigantic Lake Yellowstone seemed like a better option. It was....
 
The weather improved the next day.  We had the lake all to ourselves & managed to avoid conversation about his impending divorce....
 
Looking at family albums this Christmas 2016 & thinking of all the good times Greg & I had together before white male anger, paranoia, and finally cancer took him to other places far away.
 

20 comments:

  1. This sounds sad. Sorry about your loss, which apparently was and is a very deep one.

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  2. It's always sad when disease gets in control. So sorry . At least you have some happy memories to look back on.

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    1. PS--I forgot to say Merry Christmas to you and the Mrs.

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  3. My sympathy with your loss. The older we get, the more people we know on the other side of the veil, whatever it may be. I have so many dead relatives and friends comfortably settled in my heart and memories by now. Somehow their presence seems more real than their absence. I am suddenly thinking of that lovely old English poem "We are seven". At some point it will feel like the most natural thing in the world to join them. But not yet. Today you get to hold your dead loves in your heart, and enjoy the day with your wife. Merry Humbug.

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  4. sympathy for the loss of your brother. Christmas is a time to remember.

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  5. That's a wonderful post Sr T, all in all. A little sad and a little uplifting. It's a lot to lift sometimes. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

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  6. Glad you and your brother could spend some time together doing what you love. A better memory for sure.

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  7. The photographs said much about that time you spent together and the love between you.

    Peace and best wishes for the New Year and the meetings yet to come.

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  8. A friendship that never ends, no matter what. Such a friendship is one to treasure at all times. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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  9. Thank you for sharing your brother with me, in better times. I'm glad you have such good memories of him. :-)

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  10. Still have worms in my fridge, would love to give those a try.haven't tapped the ice

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  11. Your pictures and memories paint that time well. I am so sorry for the sad times you are reliving now but so happy you had some fairly recent good ones. The good ones keep them with us forever.

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  12. Some memories are almost too sad ... but they also bring up the good times. I hope it helped to share it with us. All the best in the New Year to you and yours.

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  13. The story was a wonderful one of doing what you love to do with one close to you. I'm glad you have that memory. I'm sorry to read the sad ending. Loss seems all the more close to the surface during the holidays. I do hope your Christmas was a good one for you. May the coming year be one filled with more happy adventures.

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  14. Oh, that is a tough one. I'm glad that you had one last good adventure together. I guess the good times is what we have to cling to. I'm sorry that they didn't last longer.

    merry Christmas to you and your family, dear friend.

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  15. Merry Christmas! It is a good time to look back and remember "whens" and it looks like you and your brother shared a love of fishing...I bet there are some old stories that still make you smile. Hi to Mrs T and Lily:)

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  16. Merry Christmas to you and Mrs. T! Bittersweet how memories work.

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  17. As one who hates this time of year, I try not to think about the last time I saw my sister... its been 13 years and it still hurts too much. Somehow the pain seems greater at Christmas.

    I hope 2017 is a better year for you!

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  18. Condolences, as all have expressed. And that's a nice couple of Yellowstone Cutts there.
    Mike

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  19. Good memories and bad memories. It i hard to balance it all with the things that happen that you can not control. Yellowstone Lake seems like an interesting place to visit. I am so sorry for your loss.

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