I have crawled even further south and now find myself Boondocking back in the Bass Pro parking lot in Colorado Springs. I know that I'm welcome here for the night and it's also a good place to shop for outdoor stuff and to just look around.
Since I'm leaning more and more towards going to the Texas Gulf Coast for the winter, Boondocking in the Bass Pro parking lot reminded me that I don't have a saltwater fishing rod. I've got 2 fishing rods both of them are St. Croix's, one of them is ultralight and the other is a medium weight rod. so they're not designed for saltwater fishing and especially fishing from a pier or a bridge. So I think I will go in the store and see if they have any large rods suitable for saltwater. Not that I would buy it here because I'd rather wait until I get close to the Gulf and find out what people are using now. I would just like to see what modern saltwater rods look like.
I've actually got a couple of saltwater reels both of them are Mitchell spinning reels from back in the day. One of them is a 302 and I can't remember what the other one is but it's a little bigger than the 302 and was made for surf casting. Both of these reels were made back in the 1960s but they both work well and since they caught fish in the 1960s I assume they can still catch fish today. I also have a couple of modern Shimano reels both are Stradics but I don't think either one is big enough for fishing from a pier in the Gulf.
It got pretty cold last night in fact there was frost on the ground this morning and normally that alone would send me scurrying South but the weather is supposed to be nice all next week and looks like a great time to be in the mountains. So I think I will stick around a little bit longer and squeeze as much quality time out of the Colorado mountains as I can. Like I've always said Fall is my favorite time to be in Colorado.