Archive for May, 2012

Technically, it’s still the weekend

May 28, 2012

I would have posted yesterday but it was raining cats and dogs (all that dancing’s paying off) and our service was sketchy.  I decided to wait until today.  We awoke to pouring rain again–no complaints here–so I waited until a break in the weather and will hopefully get a nice, long, photo-filled post done for you today:) 

The weather has been weird.  Honestly, we have a fire going in the porch room to keep the house comfortable.  It’s been very cool and damp.  Troopers who are fishing this week are finding fish; however, it takes a trooper to go out for very long.  Looks like one more day of rain before things get “normal.”  The dryer in our new laundry facility is probably getting a fierce workout!

Last week’s group had a blast!  Our annual Green Bay batch brought me a ton of nice Conservation Award winners again!  Make sure you check our site (www.tallpinescamp.com) to see them.  Scroll to the bottom of the home page and click the link:)  The biggest fish and surprise was Jim’s 49.5″ MUSKIE.  Can you believe it?  We don’t see many muskie on this lake, and they’re usually much smaller.  What a fish!  It takes two guys to hold it for the photo! 

Here are a few teaser pics from the Green Bay contingent.  None of these are Conservation Award sized but they’re nice fish just the same:

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Those three northern were netted at the same time!  The group attributes their fishing success to the use of their lucky pink rods:

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Matt and Ryan said they released literally hundreds of walleye and northern throughout the week.  They had a little contest between themselves and lost count of the fish they caught.  Here’s a nice northern release from Justin:

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I’ll jump around the board a bit now.  John and Marie arrived from Indiana.  They are here to continue their Conservation Award streak.  The program is beginning its 7th year.  Will John and Marie get their awards for the 7th year?  We’ll have to wait and see.  Will Marie kick John’s butt on biggest fish this year?  We’ll have to wait and see for that as well.  John creates things.  He has happy hands that make beautiful, useful things.  Look at the wine holder he brought me this year:

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It matches a beautiful hook he brought me two years ago:)  Thank you, John.

Sandra, Eldon and Wilma left us Saturday morning.  Instead of our annual moose stomping trip, we ladies headed to Dryden for a day.  You see, Sandra wanted a tattoo.  We found exactly what she wanted on-line, then took it to the artist in Dryden:

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She decided to surprise me and Eldon with another tattoo on her ankle:

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The tattoo reads “Mountain of A Woman,” a tag I gave her several years ago.  It’s a phrase that describes Sandra 100%!  Did you see the awesome footwear she’s sporting????  I had flip-flop envy.

While we were at it, Wilma decided to get a little ink also. 

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She went with a tramp stamp:

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It turned out nice but took quite a while.

Here are a few sunset and naturey photos from the cameras of Justin, Matt and Sandra:

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I had hoped to share more of their photos but our site is acting up.  So I guess I’ll just kick up my feet and relax a bit.

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Opening Week Updates

May 23, 2012

Greetings!

As you can imagine, we have been busy this week!  We have a nice opening week group.  The weather has been all over the board (no snow, though), with some much needed rain off and on and temps near 70 today.  Fish are biting and getting caught in the higher-temp water.  Visit our website (www.tallpinescamp.com) to see three incredible Conservation Award releases (so far!).  I’ve heard there’s another northern photo to join the page as well.  With two full days of fishing left, I’m certain we’ll see several more.

Here it is, the announcement you’ve all been waiting for:  the first-ever Tall Pines Camp guest laundry facility is officially operational!  I can no longer call this a pilot project ’cause now that it’s done we’ll never undo it!  Gruper has put A LOT of thought, time, energy, frustration, sweat, and Bud Light into this project of mine.  I had no idea (obviously) what I was promising all of you!  First he and Kevin had to make some room in the building:

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We used to keep an extra appliance or two in that building just in case of emergencies.  Items were relocated to my central command zone under the Bear’s Den.

Then a guy with a trencher had to visit and dig for new wiring:

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Once the guys got the wiring done, the guy returned and filled in most of the trench.  Now Gruper is smoothing it out so our campground guests don’t have a muddy mess.

Sandra, Eldon and Wilma were the official first laundry doers.  The washer was great, but the dryer had some issues that required additional tweaking.  The final tweaks occured today, and we’ve been cleared for operation:)  Hip, hip, hooray!

Speaking of Sandra and Wilma, here they are now:

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We went to Dryden yesterday.  Sandra got a couple of tattoos–she’s so brave!  I’ll see if she’ll let me photo them to share…

Going to Dryden gave me reason to don my newest, cutest-ever-in-my-life footwear:

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Sister Rebecca does not find them so cute.  I, however, LOVE them:) 

My goal is to do another entry on Sunday, then begin my regular weekly Sunday chats with you.  Bear with me!  Until next time…

A tad bit late…

May 15, 2012

I know already–I’m a couple of days late.  To be honest, there’s not a lot of interesting stuff going on until the people arrive THIS WEEKEND!  Yes, Folks, that’s right–we’re counting down the days ’til opener.

I went to Ear Falls today.  I saw a cow and yearling calf on my way up and a big, old cow on my way back.  Those were our official first moose sightings of the season.  We let them out of the pen a few at a time so they can spread out before the tourists arrive;)

Steve and Kevin have been busy, busy, busy.  Looked like Cabin 6 was getting a new hot water heater today.  The Eagle’s Nest is in the midst of getting an upstairs shower.  Tubs and showers have been re-caulked.  The digger guy comes Friday to help finalize the laundry facility.  Here’s what I know ’bout that so far:  the washer and dryer have arrived and are mostly installed; each will take $2.75 Canadian (two loonies and three Canadian quarters); we will provide the detergent ’cause we want it to be septic friendly.  This project has been A LOT of work for ole Gruper! 

I’ve still been washing and hanging curtains, organizing, etc.  I had been cooking and baking up a storm for my new audience (Kevin); however, he has requested that he be removed from the breakfast plan as he feels the need to nap after he eats so much:(  I’ve never had someone quit breakfast before!  Apparently I was trying too hard to dazzle him (imagine that). 

Kevin’s plane is parked down by the Eagle’s Nest.  It had a nice reflection the other morning:

That’s the only photo I took this week! 

Now that sucks (a shout out to John and Marie)!

Thank goodness Jack and Marion are on the stick!  They sent along a couple of photos this week.  Also, I’ve begged and pleaded for a poem of Marion’s to share–the pressure’s on!

A heron from last year’s trip.

Happy belated Mother’s Day to all of you who qualify.  We hope you were pampered all day long (if you’re into that sort of thing).  I’ll close with one of the cutest photos I’ve seen in a long, long time.  Bentley can’t wait to get to Canada with Mommy, Grandma and Grandpa:

ADORABLE!

Sunday, Part 3

May 6, 2012

Needless to say, I’m losing my patience with this blog entry.  Thanks for your patience, though:)

Yesterday as we were winding down from a long day’s work we heard a plane in the distance.  It seemed to be heading our way.

Good thing Gruper had put the main dock in place; the plane was visiting us.

Everyone, meet Kevin!  He’s this year’s guy:)  We knew he was bringing a plane but didn’t want to let you know until he was officially here.   He’s got a ton of experience and seems like a good Joe!

See you next week.  I’ll tease you with this sunset:

Sunday, Part 2

May 6, 2012

I continue to have problems with WordPress (my blog host).  I’ll contact them this week to see if we can resolve the problems.  If not, I’ll probably have a new blog host by this time next week…

On our way to Ear Falls last week we saw a sow with twin cubs.  On our way back we saw a lone bear with a funky limp.  Of course we did not have the camera with us (sorry).  Eldon is not around Camp yet, but last year he didn’t show up until opening week.  Now that the docks in I’ll keep an eye out for our pet northerns.  We still haven’t seen a moose:(  I saw a second pine martin hopping around the other day.  It looked more like last year’s little devil:  a bit bigger and darker than last week’s.

In between cabin cleanings I took another walkabout.  I checked my other crops, chatted with a gull and took a close-up of some moss Gruper liked.

 

Sunday (not necessarily a day of rest)

May 6, 2012

Welcome back!

As the title hints, we aren’t doing much resting around here!  Spring cleaning is in full swing.  The Bear’s Den, 3, 5, 6, and 7 are pretty much done.  They always look and smell so nice when they’re freshly oiled and washed.  Gruper was restless yesterday morning, and I knew why:  the lake was calm and the docks were still down around the bend.  The antsiness finally took over and he went to fetch them late morning: