Greeting from Rock Creek!!!  I can’t believe we’re just about to turn another page on the calendar – and see that it says JULY!!  They say the years go faster as you get older, but gosh it just doesn’t seem like it should be July already.

That being said, it’s time to catch you up on the latest.  We had a winter that just didn’t want to end – which kept springtime locked out and us unable to do the work we normally get done in April.  We were anxious to get going on Big Hat No Cattle, but were delayed until May.  Just as we were about to start, I tripped over a rock in our yard, and took a nasty fall – landing hard on my right wrist and left knee.  After a trip to the doc and x-rays it was determined that I had a badly sprained right wrist (we thought it was broken) and on the left side a bruised knee cap, and pulled Achilles tendon.  Another week-long delay until I could do much of anything.

We hit it hard then, and about 2 weeks into the process I came down with a nasty respiratory infection…that set me back about 4 days.  Finally, we finished the inside and were getting started on the outside when Karla got sick.  We knew something wasn’t right, so she went home from work and on to the doc – and into the hospital with dangerously high liver enzyme counts.  She was in the hospital for 4 days as they poked her multiple jillions of times, only to determine that the cause of her ailment could not be determined.  Fortunately though, her liver enzyme counts started to drop.  However, she spent most of June out of commission and has only recently returned to work.

At the same time Karla was ailing, Rick – the guy that takes care of all the yards – thought he had the stomach flu and after several days of not getting better, ended up in the ER to find that he had inflammation of the lining of his stomach.  He was put on bed rest, and was out of commission for about 2 weeks.

To say we were overwhelmed around here would be putting it lightly.  And in the midst of all of this, we had another project that needed to be completed at Valley of the Moon.  So, when the clouds opened up in the very early morning of June 13 and continued through the day and into the night, dropping 4 inches of rain on the 100% snowpacked Pintlars, causing Rock Creek to grow from 1000 CFS to over 5000 cfs in 36 hours, something had to give.  That something was where the stream bottlenecks at Valley of the Moon between the 2 bridges – and the road washed out!

Obviously, that meant no access to the Valley of the Moon property on the other side of those 2 bridges.  It meant juggling reservations to accommodate those who were to stay at VOM Guest Quarters, and it also meant we could not get to the main house to do what we needed to do to finish up the inside and make it ready to be put into service for rent this year.

After being closed beginning June 14, the water finally subsided enough by the 23rd for the repair on the road to begin.  It is now open, but they will be working on it through the summer.

June didn’t want to go out quietly though…yesterday (Monday) morning Joe woke up in excruciating pain.  After spending the morning in ER, a CAT scan revealed that he has a kidney stone.  3 – 5 days is what they say the time frame is for it to make it’s exit.

So there explains the highlights of the past 2 months of our lives.  Now, on to other news…

We finished Big Hat No Cattle, and have just said ‘so long’ to our second set of guests.  We’ve had an unexpected addition to the group of cabins that we offer.  It’s called “Serendipity” and is a cute 2 bedroom 1 bath unit in the Sawmill Fishing access area and is in the foreground of the featured photo in this post.  The big home in the rear is the owner’s home, and in the front you’ll see the sweet little log cabin with riverstone at the base of it…Serendipity Cabin.

Tomorrow (Wednesday) we plan to hit it hard at Valley of the Moon Governor’s Quarters, and should come close to having it ready to go.  I’ll post pictures as soon as I can.  It’s got 3 bedrooms, 1 bath, a galley kitchen, dining room and living room with a beautiful stone fireplace.  This unit is the main portion of the Valley of the Moon Homestead house and shares the porch with the Guest Quarters that we have had available to rent since 2011.

The fishing continues to improve every day, and there are alot of bugs hatching.  Golden Stones, Yellow Sallies, a few Green Drakes, Tan and Olive Caddis…to name a few.  We had a bit of rain last night that has caused a little bump on the streamflow chart, but over all, it continues to be in a downward trend, as is normal for this time of year.  Flow this morning is 1190 cfs…normal for this date is 940 cfs.

So, there you have it – the news from Rock Creek June 27, 2017.

Deb & Joe

Determine never to be idle…It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing. – Thomas Jefferson