Travis Swartz does not fall silent, EVER! The recent passing of his friend was well known through the fly fishing community, and there was a large mention of condolences from just about every fly fishing company on social media.
Everyone in the crowd that has experienced the loss of a loved one understood, in that moment, what had just happened. No one in the crowd made a sound, except for a few sighs of the people that were unaware of Reese's passing. Travis stood with his back to the crowd, and I wondered if he was going to be able to talk about Reese at all... Then, in a matter of seconds, he was back.
It was the perfect ending to a fantastic weekend vacation. A number of Hank Patterson fans stopped to talk with Travis and to pay their respects to Reese. The rest of us trickled out of the theater and headed to the Tamarack Restaurant for dinner.
Travis joined us after a while, and we all had a laugh about the events that happened during our weekend: Travis's perfect presentation, my drink of choice, Joel's first turkey, Jason actually catching a fish, Deb's awesome cookies, and the moment when Joel lost his new iPhone in the Bitterroot River. Yes, it was a good time indeed, and I am already looking forward to the Orvis Rendezvous in 2017.