School Days;)

September 8, 2018

Hi there!  Yes, September is here and school has begun.  My education began last Thursday when Gruper and I ventured out for a bit of fishing.  My hubby took all four points:  first, biggest, most and variety (one perch and one clam/rock).  He put four perfect 16-17″ eaters in the deadwell, two of which are in the freezer waiting to go to Iowa.  I was not skunked, however, and caught a gazillion 8-12″ walleye.  I think my last might have neared the 14″ range.  I also lost quite a few, and my coach pointed out a weakness of mine:  bringing the rod to my reeling hand after the hook-set instead of taking my reeling hand to the rod (I was allowing slack when I lowered the rod, giving the fish a chance to escape).

Gruper’s education soon followed.  We headed out again on Wednesday.  It was Windy (with a capital W).  We went no farther than Johnson’s Island for our adventure.  I caught first (a healthy 16″er for my dinner), biggest and most!  There was no variety point to be tallied.  I also caught smallest, a darling 5-6″er.  As for Gruper…skunked:(  He played the “guide” card and was rewarded with a pork chop while I enjoyed my self-caught dinner!

We decided to sneak out again today.  All of our guests are used and seasoned Wabaskang veterans, so we are taking full advantage!  We didn’t stay out long and struggled a bit, but Gruper put a fat 17″er in the deadwell for the freezer.  He took first, biggest and most (no variety point again) and I refrained from being skunked by catching one teenager.

The weather has been lovely.  Colors are not yet on, and I wonder if that’s due to our lack of rain(?)  I certainly hope the golds come out to create the contrasts we’ve grown to appreciate up here.

I apologize for not having pics from our fishing outings to share.  If you’ve followed this blog for any time at all, you know I have a bad history with cameras and water.  I’ve managed to kill two really nice cameras–one by salt water and one by rain water.  I do not need to take my i-pad or smarter-than-I phone out onto the lake.  Last year’s punishment camera was awful.  I miss having a camera but am obviously not responsible enough:(

Frank’s group had a good week!  Mike released a beautiful 36″ northern and Tim released an equally beautiful 26″ walleye!  The guys enjoyed plenty of shore lunches and took home their fish as well.  Photos to come.  Here’s a cool one, though, of Frank helping Mike’s big northern live on:

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Bruce and Debbie were here for their annual visit a couple of weeks ago.  Bruce visits with the guys in June, then returns for a fun, relaxing week with Debbie.  Debbie does it all:  fishes, blueberry picks, dishes…

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She is a two-handed, marginally dirty picker.  But let me tell you something:  the woman gets A LOT of berries!

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She caught a cute fish!

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You can really see the smoke in that pic.  We had several days of heavy smoke and red moons.  We have cleared up now, but during their visit we could smell smoke all day long. This merganser shot was taken on a smoky day:

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It cleared up enough for some beautiful pics:

 

Check out these eagle shots:

I thought this cloud look eagle-like

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and Kyle has a bird of his own…

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Even though this sunset is nice,

I really loved the muted tones of this one:

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For now, the moose, Bruce and I bid you adieu!

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Winter?

October 6, 2018

Hi there.  We awoke to some snow this morning–not the first time this year.  I wondered why Freya didn’t opt to go outside last night; she must have known it was coming.

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It’s been very chilly and gray up here for the most part.  My cabin work is done (smiling big-time), and Gruper’s nearly got all of his chores done.  This will likely be my last blog entry for the season–unless I do a “welcome home” entry of family and friends–so I’d better make it a good one, eh?

Bob, Steve and Terry

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joined us a couple of weeks ago.  These nice guys come up and truly enjoy themselves in God’s country.  We were treated to one of His promises one morning!

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What a great way to start a day!

The guys enjoy angling and sight-seeing.  They found an eagle hanging out on a rock

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They enjoyed the early fall contrasts

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I spy a marker buoy in this shot–do you?

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These guys arrived after the docks had been conjoined

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It didn’t slow them down one bit!  Check out this batch of crappie:

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Beautiful!  Of course Terry worked his magic out on the lake!  He released several Big Fish in the spring and didn’t disappoint in the fall!

Nice!  Thanks for sharing this sunset as well:)

Our friend Ryan returned for a fall visit.  He caught a few nice sunsets himself:

I suppose what amazes me most is that it can be SO gray all day, then the sky clears and we get beautiful sunsets most evenings???  Ryan caught one of the (rare) morning-sun-across-the-lake shots

They really are that brilliant when they occur.  Beautiful!

Ryan was able to hunt grouse with Gruper several times during his stay.  He took a couple of “where’s Waldo” shots just for the blog!

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He stumbled upon a moose track (they need to start being careful…)

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I searched these pics for hidden grouse and decided they were of the nice colors on our driveway and the pipeline (although we have some FAT grouse along the driveway who know they are safe):

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Thanks, Ryan!  See you again soon:)

OK…remember when Addison and Tricia created a time capsule back in August?

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Well, I knew that Brayton was visiting the following week and decided he was just the guy to search for and add to the capsule:

Thanks, Jeff and Jenn, for helping!  I have just the right little one in mind for early next year.  Adorable!

Speaking of adorable, Brett shared this pic of him and his sister Adrienne during their first trip to Tall Pines Camp!  I believe he said it was the mid-70’s:

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Brian and his son Alex were here in August as well.  They contributed a couple of nice photos:

I love this deer in the grass…

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Jeff and Sue each released a great walleye this season.  However, I don’t think I told you about Sue’s other accomplishment:  she caught her first smallie:

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I don’t think I shared Mike’s nice fish from when I was out in Colorado(?)

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Who is that masked man?  He caught a good sunset too:

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Mark (the perchman) got a tremendous 500+ lb. bear in Wisconsin this year!

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But nothing top’s Dennis’s 49″er that he used to mess with me big-time…”kept it”;)

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Butthead.

I need to get serious with you all for a minute.  Today our sister-in-law Connie is being laid to rest in Iowa. I love this photo of her!  Their whole family was in Hawaii, one of Connie’s goals/dreams.

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It is tough being up here but our family understands that we have a lot going on up here right now.  Also, our niece Anna who had her twin girls last Friday is in the ICU in Florida right now with pulmonary embolisms bilaterally.  Please, please pray for her to recover fully and get home to her husband Benny and their four babies.

Thank you for listening and for your prayers.  God bless you.

24 Years

October 1, 2018

Yes, that’s how long we’ve been married as of today:)  Happy Anniversary to us!

 

It certainly doesn’t feel like October around here; it feels like December!  We’ve been cold and windy for days.  The sun hasn’t shone much either:(  Today it is calm enough for Gruper to get the docks moved.  It looks like it’s going well.  I am sitting in the warmth of Frey’s room as I blog.  We’ve had a couple of hard frosts–making the dock ramp an interesting venture–and several brief episodes of flurries.  Iowa is looking and sounding pretty darned good to me these days.  I did manage to catch the sun shining very brightly on the trees a couple of days ago:

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I know it’s cloudy–which is how it ended up the rest of the day–but the rising sun was behind me and hitting the trees perfectly!  I also stumbled across some shaggy manes,

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some toad stools,

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and this…

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We received word a few days ago that Brad D. passed away during heart surgery.  Brad, Mary, Wes and Nancy found us in 2017.  They returned this year with three newbies.  Poor Mary’s appendix attacked her near the end of their week, and she barely made it home in time for surgery.  We want her to know that she and their family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Our family had an emotionally-charged Friday.  Our sister-in-law Connie passed away after more than a month in the hospital.  She had been battling interstitial lung disease for years.  She lost our biggest brother Dan in April of 2017, and her health had been questionable ever since.  Please keep our nephew, nieces and three great-nieces in your prayers.  Connie was such a huge part of their lives.

On the same day, niece Anna in Florida had her second set of twins!  Elizabeth and Chloe join brother twins Joshua and Michael (age 2 1/2).  The babies and Mama are doing great!  Saint Benny will have his hands full for a bit but he’s up to the challenge!

Obviously things have slowed down considerably ’round here.  We had two cabins of anglers last week, one of which was also grouse hunting.  Most of the cabins are closed up and ready for spring already (this weather makes it easier for me to do indoor activities).  Joe and Bill had no problem getting their walleye limits, so they spent quite a bit of time looking for grouse.  Mike and Scott were their usual (very) laid back selves.  These guys just completely enjoy their time here.  They fish, they roadtrip, they go out for dinner, etc.  Scott got a kick out of this whitefish:

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The grouse did not find it a bit funny…

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Frank and the guys were here a few weeks back.  They are fall regulars and know what they’re doing.  Mike caught that beautiful northern I posted and  Tim released an incredibly healthy walleye as well!

 

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Looks like Frank caught a good one, too!

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As I combed through their photos, I saw many I entitled “should I get the net?”

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or “yes, get the net!”

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Good netting 101:

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Maybe if we sneak up on them we’ll catch more (think about it):

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Hey, there’s Bob!

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These guys fish hard, regardless of weather.  They choose the nicer days for a huge Frank tradition:  shore lunch!  They have this down to a science as well:

 

There are always a few moochers just in case…

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Check out this eagle.  It posed for them!  I think it looks like a totem pole:

 

 

Glitter fishing!

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These guys don’t spend much time in the cabin, but when they do it’s having fun or catching sunsets!

 

 

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Love this red one!

 

 

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I didn’t get to Bob/Terry/Steve’s pics as well as some random ones from e-mails.  That guarantees at least one more entry this season!

Another Foto Fest!

September 23, 2018

Hey there:)

I don’t know if you saw, but we awoke to actual snow yesterday morning (Sept. 22).

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It was gone by day’s end–something I had actually considered as well–but it was still SNOW, one of many four-letter words I uttered yesterday.  I hope it’s not a sign of things to come…

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We are entering our last official week of the 2018 season.  The lake appeared to turn over mid-week, keeping things interesting for our anglers.  Bob, Terry and Steve worked hard, and with Terry as their guide I think they ended up OK:)  They had a nice batch of crappie(!), but as they pointed out they can catch all of them they want in Missouri.  Terry had a lovely northern, and both he and Bob had nice walleye releases.  I’ll try to share their pics next week.  Tony’s guys had a more difficult time with angling but they seemed to enjoy themselves nonetheless.

We have a mix of angling and hunting going on this week.  Gruper and I went hunting (I just look and hang out).  There seem to be quite a few birds this year.  Once this nasty weather hits and wipes out the foliage, birds should be much easier to see.  I think we have 5 or 6 in the freezer thus far.

Jim and Mary returned for their annual trip and brought a more manly Omar.  He certainly grew and matured in a year!  I ‘spoke that’s a seven-year gain, isn’t it?  He thoroughly enjoyed himself this year.

I have to say it…doggone rock;)

He owned this “stick”!

He supervised fishing…

He retrieved…

 

Someone’s gonna’ need a nap;)

Jim caught some nice fish this trip!

Mary caught some fish but she likes to mix it up.  She picks berries (at her own pace)

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This year she studied birch bark before our glass class

I think I have Mary figured out:  she is all about texture!  She captures it well in her photos:)

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She loves the big rock covered with moose antlers at our glass class place (it really is something)!

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She caught a great moose track and trail while exploring/fishing one day:

These scenery pics show just how low the lake was by mid to late August:

These gulls discovered new rocks as the lake dropped

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Recent rains have helped a bit.  We’ve received more rain in two weeks than we had in two months!

Mary is a nature lover, too!  She sees beauty in everything:)  Check out her eagle pics:

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She even finds beauty in eagles and vultures communing over someone’s guts!

She marveled over the size of this merganser clutch!  I always wonder how they carry all those eggs myself!

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I LOVED this photo of a heron (I think it’s contest-worthy, Mary):

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Mary always takes this photo.  I don’t know why, but it reminds me of Wile E. Coyote.

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Check out the contrast between one of our smoky/hazy days and a perfect day:

She always manages to treat me to a reflection or three;)

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Lovely…

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Good job as always, Mary!  You’ll outdo yourself again next year, I’m sure.  You simply rock!

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Almost There

September 17, 2018

Hi there:)  I was looking at the calendar and realized we are almost finished with our 15th season.  Where does the time go?  The strangest phenomenon is that I’ll think, “When such-and-such gets here” or “I can’t wait to show this to…” and then I realize they’ve already been and gone for the season.  Socially, it all happens so quickly for me.

I’ve been so busy with cabin closings that I needed to remind myself what else I’ve been doing for the last month or so!  Well…I certainly picked A LOT of berries this season!  Debbie, Diane, Mary (taking photo) and I enjoyed a GREAT pick one day:

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I joined my Canadian galpals in Ear Falls for a LOVELY luncheon:

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Jenny and Kraig had a bit shorter visit than usual, so she and I had to cram A LOT into, like, 9 days!  We took an acrylic paint pour class with Kathy and Susie (awesome fun);

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she and Kraig came for dinner for my birthday (I made yet another cake roll);

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and we experienced this year’s final potluck, featuring an out-of-this-world sunset!

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See what I did there?

While they visited, Kraig caught a fantastic SUNRISE and a huge northern!

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BY THE WAY, HAPPY 50TH BIRTHDAY KRAIG!!!  SEE YOU SOON!

Then, to wrap up this past whirlwind month, I headed to Evergreen, Colorado!

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That’s a view taken from a hike to a glacier!  BEAUTIFUL!  I hiked there with my gal Sal, our buddy JoAnne and her hubby Joe.

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Why Evergreen, you may or may not be asking.  ‘Cause Sal’s daughter Beth had a destination wedding there!  I was Sal’s “plus one”!  Here are Beth and Justin:

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It was an INCREDIBLE wedding:)

SPEAKING OF INCREDIBLE WEDDINGS, COLTON AND (the other) ANDREA ARE GETTING MARRIED THIS SATURDAY!!!  BEST WISHES, YOU TWO!  SEE YOU NEXT YEAR!

I returned Saturday night to discover that it had finally rained (and rained, and rained) while I was gone.  Sunday morning we had a very hard rain accompanied by hail

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There was bigger hail for a bit, but I chose to stay inside and not drown my i-pad or get pelted by ice.

Sandy and Eldon returned to TPC this year!  They had a wonderful time.  Sandy caught and released this 23″ walleye.  I think it looks bigger!

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Eldon served as guide and therefore was rewarded with quality Gruper time;)

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Bob released a 25″er as well.  He was fishing alone and had no camera, but if you knew Bob like we know Bob you’d believe him too!

We are at two cabins this week.  I’ve seen plenty of eater walleye and big, fat crappie so far in the buckets.

It’s time for a photo fest!  I’ll continue to share pics as I get through them.  I have some from you all on e-mail yet, as well as a couple of bigger folders, so be patient please!

Mitchell, Bob, Rob and Janelle were new to us a few weeks back.  They had a great time and caught plenty o’ fish!  They struck us as experienced anglers right off the bat, and we were correct.  ‘Twas Bob who caught the 42″ musky right in front of Camp!  Here are some of their trip’s highlights:

Bob and Mitchell found nice northerns!

Janelle found her fair share of fish, too!

Rob was in charge of boat operations, inuk-shuk creation and trying his darndest not to smile!

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They group certainly enjoys themselves

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and works as a team

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They enjoyed a week of beautiful scenery as well:

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Red “sun”day due to tons of smoke

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Hang on a minute…what’s that along the shore???

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I think it’s a moose.  Can we get a bit closer???

Cool!  Can we get even closer?

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and just like that, where’s Waldo?

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Perhaps this inspired Rob’s sudden animation?

Check out that smile!  Winner, winner

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Take care!

Time for a Foto Fest!

August 29, 2018

Greetings!

Well, my birthday was Monday and I received the best present EVER–RAIN!!!  We had the most rain we’ve seen all season.  It was enough to perhaps make moving the docks a bit easier on Gruper.  We still need more but at least we got some:)  It had been a good month since we’d had more than a tiny sprinkle.  Thank you, God!

Last week was a good one at Tall Pines Camp!  We had a nearly mirror image of last year’s group.  We love it when all of our guests know each other.  We had one new group, and everyone else was well used.  Fishing was good and continues to improve.  1st and 2nd Lakes were producing walleye in their typical “fall” spots.  Depths started at 13ish’ and began deepening to about 18′ as the week progressed.  I added Jim and Bruce’s nice walleye to our Big Fish page.  I think I’ll put them here too (publisher’s prerogative):

Kraig is here bear hunting…cross your fingers for him.  We have one new batch this week (again), and everyone else is used.  Bucket reports indicate a lot of success on both eater walleye and keeper northern!

Curtis and Maggie returned a few weeks ago with their married Katrina in tow.  It scares me to think of Katrina married (and Sean engaged), as we first met these kiddos when they were pre-teens!  Katrina was a bit loon-y on this trip;)

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They enjoyed watching the mergansers as well.  They’re doing that gathering thing they do…

This family always gets off to a slow start fishing.  Then they gather steam and end up just fine!

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Thanks for the berry picking, reminiscing, and promise of another trip!

Fred and Bonnie were here several weeks ago with a large chunk of Fred’s tribe!

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Bonnie gets crazy with the camera and knows it takes we a few weeks to sort the fodder:)  We’ll start with the kids and grandkids.  Miss Addison does it all in the boat!

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Nice catch;)

That poor girl is the only female in a sea of males…brothers and cousins.

Aunt Karen and Uncle Dave are responsible for THREE of the boys…

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All of the kiddos were looking forward to tubing!

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Uh oh…where’s Rylan????

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In a tree with Declan, of course…

Or hanging on the dock with Dad while Uncle Dave does an Irish jig…

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They did see some rain during their visit…

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Fred and Bonnie stayed two weeks this year.  That gave them ample time to enjoy the family and a second week to be retired!

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I LOVE this picture:

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Rain often brings rainbows!

Bonnie caught the merganser gathering too

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It took me a while to figure out this one…duck butts!

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Is it my imagination, or do these clouds look like kissing fish???

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Just like this rock always looks like a fish (or a big nose)

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They had their share of beautiful days:

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Check out this glitter before and after the smoky hazes we’ve been getting:

More good scenery shots:

Check out these reflections!

Personal fave…

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We’ve got sunset shots–going, going, gone!

And my favorite shot of all;)

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Until next time…

The Adventures of Keegan & Declan

August 19, 2018

Hi there!  It’s beginning to feel a bit like fall here.  We’ve still had not one drop of rain but the ditches and fishing are looking more fallish every day.  I’ve added two walleye–Jeff’s 23″ and his wife Sue’s 25″–and one northern–Clark’s 36″–to our Big Fish page!  There were plenty of eaters as well last week.  Walleye were holding at 13-18′, with most being caught in 2nd and 3rd Lakes.  Our guests are still able to get everywhere they want to go, but the lake is about the lowest we’ve ever seen.

Potluck was small but delicious last week!  I whipped up some venison and wild rice stuffed peppers:

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and another one of these evil blueberry zucchini cakes with lemon buttercream icing:

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We had a very social group who enjoyed each other’s company.  They gathered for another “social hour” on Thursday!

This week’s group is all used except for newbie Brian’s threesome.  We think they’re off to a good start!

A few weeks ago, Keegan and Declan brought their mum and dad to Tall Pines Camp!  They are busy little anglers who found lots to do at Camp!  Of course they caught fish:

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Sometimes they let their folks in on the fun:

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They enjoyed all things boy!

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They made friends (kids always find other kids)!  Hi, Rylan!

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One morning the boys found a mysterious bottle washed ashore!

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Its contents were odd:  a map and a key…

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The grabbed their parents and headed to the island!  Using the map, they located the “X.”

Time to dig!

The found a treasure chest LOADED with loot!  They couldn’t wait to show their new friends!

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We think if they play their cards right, the boys’ parents might get to come back…

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and bring friends of their own!

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Maybe Ryan will clean their fish…

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and they’ll all sit on the grass and watch beautiful sunset after beautiful sunset!

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Today marks the 8th anniversary of when we lost Mackenzie.  Special thoughts to my seester Rebecca, niece Jamie, and everyone else who still feels this loss like it happened yesterday.

Until next time…

A Great Week!

August 12, 2018

Hi there.  We just finished a very nice week!  Walleye are back in the swing of things which makes for happy campers!  We had nearly all used guests last week with two exceptions:  Bentley who is almost 1 year old (and our second Bentley in one season!) and Pam whose hubby and daughter finally succeeded in getting her to join them.

We continue to really need rain.  We had a couple of showers last week but not enough to help the lake level.  Luckily our guests were catching walleye on 1st and 2nd lakes.  They were able to reach all of the lakes, but weeds and grass made it cumbersome.  Hopefully we’ll get some much needed rain this week.

Last week’s anglers were finding walleye around 13′.  Minnows seemed to be the bait of choice, though some folks were using crawlers as well.

Pam, Katie and I attended an acrylics class at Helen’s.  There were seven of us in all, and I’m the only weirdo who brought a rolling pin to paint!  It had belonged to Gruper’s mum, and Matriarch Pat said I needed to do something with it…

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I think Jenn and Brayton had some creative time on their hands this week(?)  I found a plate of fish and bear-shaped cookies in their fridge after they left!  I used to think I’d have time on Saturdays to provide fresh cookies for all of my guests…

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Sure made for a delicious pre-breakfast treat!

Brett, Karen and the kids returned to Camp two weeks ago!  They are a great family who thoroughly enjoys their week away from busy schedules.  This was their sixth trip to Tall Pines Camp!  Fishing is the number one item on Brett and Trent’s agendas (agendi?)!

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While Trent has apparently outgrown the blueberry picking, he’s still a wonderful big brother who will hang with his sister…

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Yes, you;)

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Karen and Tricia have multiple items on their to-do lists…

I’m super grateful for the blueberry item!  Tricia is a crafty one!  Now I know who added Inuk-shuks to my planter!!! Thank you!

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She made a great friend in Addison (and together they created the time capsule alluded to in last week’s entry and found this week by Brayton!):

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All this adventure makes a growing girl tired!

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Tricia usually befriends our ducks.  Lacking them this year, she instead found a nice crawdad:

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She’ll touch just about anything…

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Her mom…notsomuch!

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However, Karen takes lots of beautiful pics while she’s here!

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And allows me to take the best pic each year:)  Here’s her lovely family during their first visit in 2012

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and this year!

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Thanks for sharing your time away with us!  See you next year!

 

Thank Goodness for Blog Fodder

August 5, 2018

Hi there and happy August!  I’m outside in the office as I work on this entry.  It is a mild day temp-wise, and we’ve had a bit of rain off and on since last night.  We continue to do rain dances; the lake is as low as we care to see it.  We’re supposed to get more rain throughout today and are crossing our fingers.

Life is returning to normal!  We had a nice crew in last week–nearly all used guests–and we saw terrific improvement in both fishing and weather.  Fred’s annual visit included most of the usual suspects.  This year three of his kids and six of his grandkids visited along with a couple of outlaws.  The guys were excited to collect fish for a decent fish fry:

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They were able to collect perfect eaters:)  Bruce released a beautiful 20″er:

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and added a nice 18″ bass to the Big Fish page!  Thanks, Bruce:)

Everyone switches off kids throughout the week–sort of a yours, mine, ours arrangement.  Steve had one of his and a couple of spares one day:

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His son Rylan caught his first-ever walleye!  Check out his face!

At some point Dave and Karen were able to get away with NONE of their three kiddos!

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Five of Fred’s six grandkids at Camp last week were boys.  All but Liam had their version of shore lunch on the dock:

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What’s a girl to do?  Addison waited until she could read quietly:)

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Not that she doesn’t get out and fish

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or make a great friend and create a time capsule (that has been placed somewhere in Camp)

Uncle Bruce and Aunt Jean have no kiddos.  Why…because Jean teaches kindergarten;)  They love their nieces and nephews and this nice “Flat Stanley” type of classroom mascot:

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Jean always gets some beautiful scenery shots.  Here’s a plane coming in,

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a couple of trees for Gruper to get out and trim,

a Where’s Waldo (I count three frogs…do you?),

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and some simply lovely shots of our world

I really liked this one…beautiful!

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We had some awesome sunsets as well last week.  Jean caught this one!

Projects continue around Camp.  Mark made a nice new lakeside door for the Bear’s Den, and Darlene continues putting a fresh coat on anything she can!  I was kitcheny this week.  Potluck’s entree was meatsloaf

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I made a blueberry zucchini layer cake with lemon zest buttercream for dessert

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Yesterday I made a crustless blueberry/raspberry pie for dessert with our friends Ryan and Bridget:)  I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t good!

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I have been promised blog fodder from two other parties!!!!  That should get me back on track with entries.  Have a FABULOUS week!

Back to Work!

July 25, 2018

Hi there!  After a few small weeks–due in part to multiple cancellations–things are beginning to get back to normal around here.  We are still somewhat small this week, but the gradual increase will prepare us for next week!

Rod and family left Friday after two weeks with us.  They took home all of their limits (maybe not perch) and had an enjoyable time.  They mix fishing with pleasure!  Rod hooks the tube to his boat, and the kids get to enjoy some water sports on the hot days.

We’ve had a couple of scorchers over the past two weeks.  We are now downright cool (61 as I type) and cloudy.  These conditions have contributed to much improved fishing overall.  We’re seeing walleye in the buckets again and hearing about some nice ones!  Dennis released a 24.5″ walleye yesterday.  Diane had stayed in, so he wasn’t able to get a pic.  Luckily, I can use his brother’s picture from June;)

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Thanks, Don!

We are still dry and the lake is low.  I’ve been doing rain dances regularly.  We get just enough to keep the crop thriving…

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I have about four gallons in the freezer already!  I plan to check out raspberries this week too.

With the slower Camp comes project work.  Darlene has been painting everything she can get her hands on!  She’s into cabin doors and the cabinets under the kitchen sinks right now.  We’ve been doing some staining and trim work as well.  Gruper and Mark did a log replacement on Cabin 4:

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It turned out great!  Gruper discovered a funky little dude while working on Cabin 4:

I didn’t see an angry thorn on him but still was leery.  He has been released to the wild.

I found a picture of the paintings from Doug’s stay a couple of weeks ago:

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Helen brings out the artiste in everyone!  Good job, Guys!

I’ve been getting in some kitchen time:)  I made another of those cake rolls:

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I found that recipe on facebook.  Here’s another one, the caprese-stuffed avacado:

Look who was here!!!!  Matriarch Pat and bff Sal!  They roadtripped together to bring some love from home!  Pat also brought cow steaks for them and tuna steak for me!

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We had a lovely visit!  Sal met a new man!!!

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I hope he can take care of her…

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our steps came off our deck, and Sal fell and dislocated her shoulder:(  I drove her to Dryden (like the wind) where she received excellent care and left with a souvenir gown and sling!  She’s a trooper, though, and we were picking two days later!  So glad she is strong and healthy!

Sal shared some nice pics from her stay…

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I liked this big hole in the sky…

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super hazy day

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lovely sunset

an end to a lovely week, except for the shoulder of course!  We can add that to our endless list of stories…see you in September, Friend!

Have a good week, All!