Archive for October, 2012


October 11, 2012

Yes, that’s right.  I’m going through e-mails, grabbings pics, opening photo card files, etc. in an effort to clean up computers.  Since yesterday’s entry I’ve made a meatsloaf and stuck it in the freezer, baked chocolate chip cookies, cleaned one of our fridges thoroughly, picked up a lovely moose head skeleton from a ditch and ran errands in Ear Falls with Gruper.  There is measurable snow out on 105, although our driveway has just a light layer.

I had shared some of Jim and Mary’s photos from August but not all of them.  I’ll start with some nice nature photos Mary took:

I liked the reflection of the ducks.  Check out these immature eagle pics.  I’m not sure how I missed these the first time through!

Those are probably the best close-ups of an immature I’ve seen!  Thanks, Mary:)

Jim and Mary bring their girls Carly and Hanna along.  Carly and Hanna go fishing, blueberry picking, etc. just like any other guests.  I know I’ve shared pics of them jumping in the lake and swimming.  Here are some other nice shots:


Even when they travel they have the occasional photo op:

Seeing these girls made me think about some of our other four-legged guests.  Riki had two visits this year!  Here’s a pic of her from Marji’s camera:

Bailey was a good little trooper and went fishing (?) every day:

Angel also had two trips this year; however, she found Sept. a bit too cold:

Spookers visits twice each season.  She doesn’t mind the cold, though, ’cause she stays inside:

Well, it’s time for me to get packing…literally.  You may not hear from me for a while.  If you subscribe to the blog, you’ll know if I get a wild hair and do a random entry.  If I have your e-mail or home mailing address, look for a newsletter around Thanksgiving.  Drop an e-mail if you’re so inclined; I enjoy hearing from you!  If nothing else, I sure hope we see you in 2013–our 10th year at Tall Pines Camp!

In the blink of an eye

October 10, 2012

Well, well, well.  It’s been snowing up here off and on since Friday.  Not much sticks but it’s SNOW.  It’s been downright nasty a couple of days.  We went fishing Sunday.  It was soooo cold!  We were bundled up well enough, but our hands were freezing.  We (mostly Gruper) certainly caught some fish and had many bites–our reflexes were slow in the bundling and it was hard to set the hook properly–but we lasted only a couple of hours.  I managed to get some nice photos, though.  I love this one of the narrows–it looks like you can’t get out:

Here are just a couple of shoreline pics:

Here’s a shot of Camp from the lake.  You can see the pretty new roof on Cabin 3!

I’ve been busying myself with the business of heading south.  There’s a lot to do, even after 9 years of practice.  I like to leave some homemade food for Gruper ’cause he misses my cooking, so I’ve put a lasagne (venison) and a meatsloaf (bison and pork) in the freezer for him.  I’ll also make a pot of chili and bake some cookies before I go.  There are a million other little time-consumers that need to be in order as well.

Eldon must have worked up an appetite after his dating experience.  We saw him swimming toward the shore of Cabin 5:

He then hopped onto shore with a whitefish(?) in his talons and began ripping it apart:

I hope he treated his date better.

Rachel sent me some lovely photos from her fall visit (yes, she was here twice this year!).  I’ll start with a couple of great reflections:

She got a variety of sunsets as well:

I thought this looked like a beachy sunset (wishful thinking?).



I fogot to mention that Gruper and I have gone grouse hunting a couple more times.  I accompliced the murder of three in one day.  Again, the guilt is awful but he’d go and kill them without me.  I tell myself that I’m going along to take photos.  Here’s a large animal print (surrounded by small animal prints),

some great wolf poop on a rock:

and some pretty moss

I ran across a nice photo of Eldon from our Arkansas contingent:

He has a fish in his talons!  I wonder if he’d just had a date?  Here’s a pic of our Arkansas gang:

The man in the red shirt is not to be trusted–not ever;)

It’s time for a break.  I’ll close this entry with a cool foggy morn photo from my camera.  I have a special edition entry still planned for today or tomorrow–a little tribute to our four-legged friends.

And Before We Knew It,

October 1, 2012

it was October.  Indeed it is Oct. 1, our 18th wedding anniversary.  My how time flies.  We’ve been enjoying some unseasonably beautiful weather!  Temps have been in the mid to upper 70’s for several days running.  We fished both Sat. and Sun.  Today we did some grouse hunting.  I actually spied one (as I am the dog), which Gruper promptly murdered.  I don’t think I like being an accomplice to such brutal means.  I’ll try to block out the image when I’m eating the darned things.

As for fishing, one of us made the Conservation Awards Program.  Alas, it was not me.  My spouse released a 25″ walleye yesterday:


I know I usually don’t publish Big Fish pics in the blog, but well…  I also added Mary’s 2nd 24″ walleye to the page.  Be sure to check it out.

Back to our weekend.  Had the weather not been so lovely, I would have given up on fishing.  On Sat. I finally caught one walleye and missed one bite–that was it.  All the while, my fishing partner was catching, releasing, catching, etc.  Sunday started out much the same.  We had three leeches left at Camp, so I switched my minnow to a leech.  I began catching walleye!  They were small but that was fine by me!  Gruper continued to catch lovely, golden, fat walleye.  It’s not often I have a bad day fishing, but to nearly have two in a row would have been awful.

At one point yesterday we both kept getting stripped…minnow after minnow.  Gruper guessed it was tiny walleyes; I guessed it was a seasoned professional.  He finally caught the culprit:

That little fish had four whole minnows in him and was trying to take another when he was caught.  Gluttony will get you caught (and released).

Remember when I said that we thought Eldon had a date?  Well, Sandra believes the date went pretty darned well:

Hmmm.  Maybe we’ll have some eaglets ’round here next year???  We’ll get around to some more of Sandra’s pics in a minute.

I finally went through some of Mary and Dee’s pics from more than a month ago.  Roger and Dee were new to us.  They came up with our repeat offenders Ron and Mary (Mary’s the one who has TWO, 24″ walleye releases on the Awards page).  Here’s a great parade of mergansers she caught:

They all find each other in the fall…I don’t see any other duck that does that.  Here they are rocking out:

Mary and Ron showed Roger and Dee a lot of the lake during their 10-day stay.

They roadtripped to Vermilion Bay and to Egli’s Sheep Farm.  Nice hat, Dee:

They visited the bears:

They enjoyed the lovely fall scenery:


The did A LOT of fishing:

OK.  My upload time is FOREVER so I’m going to close with a couple of Sandra’s sunsets and a not-very-flattering photo of me in May:




My personal fave is this “four suns” pic: