Archive for September, 2012

Yes, I’m Still (Up) Here

September 25, 2012

Even though things are coming to a close, I’ll have photos to share for at least a few more entries. I’ve been busy closing up cabins and Gruper’s been busy putting boats away. Cabin 3 got its roof last week–something that was a top priority! We had nowhere to store the materials for the winter, so getting it on the cabin was our only option.

We had good friends from home in last week. Fishing was great for them! Newton and Frank reported putting over 100 walleye in the net by midday last Monday. Gilky and his dad Mo said they had netted at least 50 that same morning. You can see Frank (and Newton, his net guy) on the Conservation Awards Page with a 26″ walleye! He released many over 20″ that day as well. Here are all four guys:

One of our favorite things about their visit is that we always take time to go fishing with them! This trip was no exception. Gruper and I bundled up and headed out last Tuesday. We had a very, very good day on 2nd and 3rd Lakes. I caught the first, we probably tied for biggest, I lost count for most, and we both got points for variety (an occasional northern). Here’s a 21″er I caught:

They were all beautiful, healthy fall fish. We kept a couple of eaters for our annual shore lunch. Frank does the cooking. Here he is with Gilky as first mate (Bender, where are you???):

Our shore lunch fare was a bit less traditional than usual:

Gilky brought giant steaks for dinner one night. They were tasty. I had been looking for an excuse to whip up one of these babies:

And, yes, it’s blueberry…and it was still warm when we ate it.

Tom and his brother John were here last week for their second time this year. They got a special delivery on Sunday…their friend Travis arrived by float plane:

I continue to sort through Marji’s photos. I realize I’ve neglected to point out that she and Neal actually do fish while they’re here:

OK. They don’t just microfish (thank you Mike and Gavin S. for that term)…here’s Marji with a legit walleye:

Marji got a lot of good scenery pics. Here’s an eagle coming in for a landing:

I wonder what these mergansers are talking about?

I love this pink moss. She had several beautiful pics of it:

Neal was one of this year’s successful bear hunters. Marji was a supportive spouse throughout–giving up her evenings while he sat, accompanying him on his recovery, and helping him put up the most unusual tree stand we’ve ever seen:

Marji was present for the skinning process as well. I thought this looked like a respectful final photo of this bear:

Tom did not get a bear this year. It’s certainly not for lack of effort OR because he didn’t blend in well enough:

Nice pic, Ty. The guys spent their mornings fishing and did pretty darned well:

Oh, hey Kraig!

Ty released a 12+” perch during his stay as well! You can see him on the Conservation Awards Page of our website ( He also got a couple of unbelievably good wildlife shots:

Alan and Nancy were here a couple of weeks ago. Nancy released a big walleye that Alan is holding on our Conservation Awards page. They caught a couple of moose in the lake one day:

They took a couple of phenomenal reflection pics and a sunset I liked a lot. I think I’ll close with those today.

Mackenzie would have turned 27 today. I sent her an orange balloon filled with love:)

Winding Down

September 16, 2012

Greetings & Salutations!

Last week was pretty crazy at Tall Pines Camp!  Walleye fishing was out of control!  I added Mary’s 24″ walleye (she released two of them), Nancy’s 25.5″ walleye (her hubby Alan is holding it), and Roger’s 30″ walleye (his wife Dee is holding it) to the Conservation Awards Page of our website (  Gary, a newbie, released a 19″ smallie and Bob released two, 25″ walleyes as well!  It was honestly just nuts around here.  I think everyone took home their limits and had a couple of good meals as well.

Speaking of Bob (a couple of sentences ago), here’s his wife Ann holding a walleye that she did not catch:

She is a good sport, though, and goes fishing from time to time.  She is a blueberry picker extraordinaire!  She’s also crafty–not meaning sly, but creative–and made roses out of autumn leaves for last week’s social hour:

They were absolutely stunning and still look great.  She and Karna made some roasted tomato soup during their stay, too.  It was delicious, and I’m roasting and freezing tomatoes like a crazy woman so I can share soup this winter:) 

Speaking of social hour (a couple of sentences ago), Sandra and Eldon brought meatballs.  Sandra sent Eldon to purchase toothpicks.  Here’s what he found:

How appropriate!  We had a very social group again last week!  I matched my light-up glass from Nita and Rachel with a tutu from the Padellford ladies:

Green is my favorite color, after all!  Speaking of green, Cabin 7’s new lid is on:

Up next:  Cabin 3! 

Speaking of Eldon (a paragraph or so ago), that eagle has been very busy!  Mary saw him floating in front of Cabin 5:

He was all flattened out–literally a spread eagle–fishing perhaps(?)  I think he was getting ready for a date:

PAUL took this photo of Eldon and a friend in the tree by the dock!  PAUL also took these incredible pics of our mascot:

PAUL had several nice sunset photos that I’ll share in a week or so.  Here’s a nice foggy morning pic he took of Gawley’s Camp:

Check out the reflection…very nice.  Speaking of reflections, I took this one earlier in the week:

Honestly, I think I take that same pic every year:)  It is incredible in person.

Speaking of an incredible person, Marji was here for two weeks and took almost a billion pics!  I’ve been going through them in my leisure and will begin sharing today.  She takes a lot of photos of flora and fauna–something I do when Gruper and I are vacationing.  Here are some creatures:

This simple moth

is really beautiful

Here are some waves of not-autumn color:

Two mergansers catching a nap:

I’m guessing one of them snores:

Marji took a good shot of the falls:

Are those wheels…?

It’s not like we have shopping carts around here…

My fascination with reflections started way, way back when Gruper and I were normal people (vs. Camp owners).  I loved how rocks looked like arrows on a glass-lake morning.  See if you can see what I mean by these photos of Marji’s:

Now, I’m nuts about all reflections. 


Well, there’s more where all that came from.  I have enough fodder for at least a couple more entries this year.  Let’s close with a sunset and a moon (!) from Marji:

A Pretty Darned Good Week!

September 9, 2012

Hey, Everyone!

Fall is here.  I went blueberry picking today and had to work hard to find some.  Rachel and Ann went along.  Rachel was a virgin picker who tends to be a bit dirty.  Many signs of fall are around us:  a bit of color, cool mornings, dark evenings, and incredible fishing!  Last week was great, and this week is shaping up nicely.

Neal and Marji finished their two-week stint.  Neal’s bear was a nice one, and Marji took, like, a million photos.  I’m sorting through them and promise to give you a nice photo fest next week.  She sure has a good eye and I don’t want to hurry through the pics.  We introduced them to blueberry-stuffed carmelized French toast.  I think they liked it;)  See you two next year and hope to see you at the QC show in February!

We’ll see (literally) more of Neal’s bear next week.  Here’s a pic of Chris’s bear from a few weeks ago:


Ron, Karna, Bob and Ann are here again!  Bob released a 27″ walleye which you can view from the Conservation Awards page of our website (  Bob has a knack with those super-big fish.  Seems he releases one almost every year…much to Clarke’s dismay.  He released 2, 25″ers today!  Clarke, and if we can find the pic you’ll see him THRICE this year!  Who knows:  maybe he’ll do it again this week.  Ron and Bob do most of their fishing on 3rd Lake.  They’ve caught enough for a meal pretty much every day.  One problem they report:  finding enough “eater-sized” fish.

Kansas Steve and his buddies were here last week.  That’s Steve on the Conservation Awards page with a 19″ smallie!  He and Jason are “used” guests (as opposed to new), but Brad was new.  Steve is a southern gentleman and was courteous enough to give me his camera card.  Let’s see what he’s got.

These guys fish for BIG fish:




They like to keep enough to eat, though:



I’m not sure what Jason tied into here:  fish or snag…


These guys also like their nature:


That’s a cool eagle’s nest (not to be confused with our cabin).




That’s the falls out up on 5th Lake.  Maybe they had shore lunch there:


I think Steve likes skies like I like reflections:



I don’t know if the newbie Brad enjoyed himself or not(?)


Ron and Mary are back for a 2nd trip this year.  They brought along some newbies, Roger and Dee.  I think fishing’s been good for them all.  They arrived last Wed. for a 10-day stay.  We decided to have social hour on Wed. because the weather was not great (windy, rainy) and we knew we had a lot of fun, friendly folks in Camp.  I made guac and an apple kuchen:


and Marji wore yet another pair of GREAT shoes:


and there was TORRENTIAL rain later:


Holy buckets!

Our friend Mike from home returned for his 2nd trip of the season with the Kelly Construction crew.  Unfortunately, Mike had to head home early for a family emergency.  We think the rest of the bunch had an enjoyable stay, and we’re glad they brought a bit of Jim with them. 

We’d like you to continue to send positive energy and thoughts to our friends Bob and Barb.  They should be here right now.


September 3, 2012

I honestly cannot believe how quickly August passed.  We’re seeing signs of fall all over the place these days.  The weather is good–high of 80 today with a pretty good breeze.  The nights cool off so nicely for sleeping.  We continue to get one pretty good rain each week. 

Fishing is good.  Walleye and perch were popular again last week.  Gruper and I hit North Bay Thurs. for a bit.  We caught plenty of walleye at about 21′.  Guest depth reports are all over the place:  some are getting fish at 12-15′; others are saying around 25′.  The good news is that everyone is catching fish!  Jim F. released a 36″ northern and Ty D. released a 12.25″ perch for the Conservation Awards Program (send photos, s’il vous plait). 

Steve and Jenni were new to us and celebrating their 1st wedding anniversary!  Congratulations!  They decided to try and find some lake trout:


Mission accomplished!  Happy anniversary (I guess?)!

We had a 25th anniversary in Camp as well!  Dale and Jackie were here for their 2nd year.  They did well fishing all week, had massages in Camp, and Jackie went berry picking with me.  All in all, I think they thoroughly enjoyed their week.  See you guys in the spring!

Steve and Jenni’s anniversary was the same date as my birthday.  I made myself an oatmeal cake for potluck:


Matt brought his dad Larry for a week of fishing.  They brought a lovely cheater’s cobbler to potluck with blueberries we picked.  Yes, we’re still picking!

Guess who else was here???  The Red Hat Guys


sans red hats.  A week with these guys makes me feel like taking the cure.  It’s not their fault…they just inspire me.

Check out this footwear:


No, they’re not mine…yet.  Marji’s been running around in them.  I’ve been wanting a pair and she gave me some good pointers.  I think they rock!

Speaking of Marji, Neal shot a bear last night:


It was his first hunt with us.  Good for you, Neal!  Kraig and Tom both worked very hard last week but neither took a bear.  Sometimes the bears are too darned smart for our own good.  They go nocturnal ’cause they know it’s safer.  There’s always next year!

We had a new group of six guys in Cabin 3.  Brian and company did a good job of finding walleye their first time on Wabaskang:




They left their menu and grocery list behind.  It sounded a lot like this:


I’m guessing they don’t eat like this all the time.  They looked pretty healthy:)

Gruper had to do a hook-ectomy—OUCH:


They caught one of many good sunsets as well:


Speaking of sunsets, Gruper spotted a cool moon-on-the boats luminosity Friday night:


The photo doesn’t do it justice–it was very cool.  Kraig and Jenny were over for dinner.  I’m sure Jenny would agree that it was very pretty; Jenny has my back (after all, we did marry the same guy).

Mark and Donnie were here a couple of weeks ago.  They had good fishing and Donnie had good blueberry picking.  Here’s a northern that’s bigger than any blueberry:


That’s a fat fish!  Good for you, Donnie!

Last week’s blog entry showed Mark and Donnie sitting on a bench on the dock admiring the lake and sunsets.  Here are a few sunsets they caught:




We’ll see you guys next year!

Bob and Barb Allen should be here this week and next to celebrate their 1st wedding anniversary.  You may recall that last year they stayed with us for a week, went to Kenora to get married, then returned for another week here.  They spent two weeks with us this spring and were to return Saturday.  Bob’s health is not cooperating:(  He has been battling pneumonia and some heart stuff.  Please send some positive energy their way.

Our friend Mike from home is here for his second trip this season.  He just received word from home that his father-in-law has had a serious heart attack and is in critical condition.  He needs to head home to be with Dawn and their two daughters.  Our thoughts are with you guys.

Until next time…