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Saturday, June 16, 2012

Over the River To~

Hello Again~
Over the River and we were on our way.  

 ( To enjoy a closer look, click on any photo )
 On our way to our week long fishing holes for our favorite pan fish, Bluegill, Sunnies, Pumpkinseeds, Crappie, and anything else that wanted to jump in the boat.
 I had a very hard time fishing when the sun was setting.
I just could not take my eyes off the good Lord's artwork.
I think my Dad was up there instructing.
 The fishing was great, given the chance between storms.  Very nice Bluegill there, Baby.  My sis kept asking him what he was measuring this time, each time the tape measure came out.  
This catch was 10 1/2 inches long.  A keeper!
 See, I just cannot get enough of that gorgeous sky and
 those unbelievable mirror images.  WOW!

 And then the storm hit.
 The lights went out and the power outage lasted 38 hours, long enough to remind us how lucky we are to have the convenience of running water...lake water was our ' flushing ' system for a couple of days...who says, ' oh, the good ol days,'  anyway.
 That eerie yellow sky was creepy.  Yellow to the north and black to the south...nothing but loud thunder claps, bolts of jagged lightening, and heavy rains from every conceivable direction.  We fished  3 out of 7 evenings of our vacation, and ended up going home a day early due to rain.
 We still ate well, played a lot of card games, like Phase 10 and Card Monopoly...now those were fun.  The company was great and the laughs were plenty, even when
 our boat nearly sank.  Bailing it out with a butter bowl just was not going to do it.  The storm nearly sunk it...motor and all.
 Who's afraid of a little storm anyway~~~
 We got to get out there and see a few things we haven't seen in quite some time, like a muskrat run, and
 ducklings hitching a ride on their mama's back.  
( Oh, speaking of hitching a ride, a field mouse hitched a ride from WI. to MN. with us in our boat.  He ran around in it for two nights, but got booted off for disrupting the passengers.  The lil' rodent crawled right up the middle of my back, up my ponytail and that was enough.  Off he went into the briny deep!!! )
 As I was saying, before the mouse tale,  the Orange Hawkweed were looking fine in the fields, as were 
 the Wood Anenome.  There were huge patches of them along every field and roadside.  Pretty as the first snow of winter.
 The ditches were wild with Showy Lady's Slippers.  They are the pride of Minnesota and rightly so.
 Family outings were seen everywhere among the waterfowl like the family of Canadian Geese that left a messy shore.  Careful where you walk.   They are wonderful to see., the Canadian Honkers, as we call them.
 But, the one thing I look forward to the most, when near any lake, is the call of the Common Loon.  This red-eyed fella was calling his mate home just at sunset.  I sat on the dock admiring him for the longest time hoping he'd swim closer.
Even tho our week was cut short, it was still a very good one.  The R&R  was good, as was the company we kept and all of those laughs. 
It rained nearly all the way home.  Turning in the driveway, it was amazing to see how much the gardens had grown....but that's for another time...until then,
Thanks for stopping by and 
with a wonderful weekend.


Michelle said...

Sounds like a great time, despite the storms! The mouse would have done me in! LOL!

jack69 said...

Wow, great travelogue and dialog. Love the pictures, God sure paints beautifully. I can taste the fish, love'em Bill looks happy! Retirement and fishing go together. Sorry about the storm, but the unexpected always makes the best stories.

Love from down here.

TexWisGirl said...

the reflections were gorgeous. the mouse was cute (poor guy!) but that last shot of the loon took my heart.

~mel said...

Yeppers ~ we do know how to make the best of what we have to deal with. It was still fun despite the weather not cooperating. Now you have 3 new games to add to your repertoire of knowledge ... Phase 10, Monopoly Cards (a lot more fun than the slow board game) and Scrabble Slam. So how many times did you win???

~mel said...

One more thing ... how many new names did you get this week?? Slim cracked me up with all the names he came up with for you :)

Paula said...

Sounds like a wonderful time but the rodant would have put me in the water.

Dar said...

Mel: Your Slim had at least 15 different names for me, and not one of them was Dar or Darla...fun time.
Love the card games.

Muffy's Marks said...

Love the call of the Loon. We hear them nightly, as we are very near the lake, Hope to get out fishing today!!

Cicero Sings said...

Glad you know how to enjoy your time no matter what the weather! That sunset was amazing.