Archive for July, 2013

What Day Is It?

July 23, 2013

Is it really Tuesday already???  I can’t believe that.  Time sure flies around here.  We’ve been pretty busy.  Cabins 2 and 4 and the fish cleaning house have all gotten new coats of stain.  The fish cleaning house is now getting new screens (thank you, Murray).  Once we put a new roof on it, it will look like new!  The laundry facility has curtains on the windows and will soon have a stocked bookshelf for guests to visit.  I plan to put some jigsaw puzzles and board games in there as well.

Enough about projects, Andrea…how’s fishing???  Last week was even better than the week before!  By week’s end we were seeing good eater walleyes for pretty much everyone!  Duane’s cousin Ron released a 25″ for a Conservation Award.  He also released a couple of 21″ because he’s a good guy (thank you, Ron).  He is now a firm believer in “jig and a minnow.”   I know that Joe released an 18″ smallmouth, though I’ve not yet received a pic (hint, hint).  Scott was new to us and made the board twice:  he released both a 24″ walleye and a 12″ perch!  Good for him.  Rumor has it he’ll be back;)  I’ll post pics as I receive them.

Tim and Carol were new to us last week.  We joked on Thurs. that they were already old pros at navigating the lake.  They were using names for landmarks like they’d been fishing the lake forever, e.g., Johnson’s Island.  When they arrived Saturday I remember them looking overwhelmed as many newbies do; however, it took them no time at all to venture out and discover all Wabaskang has to offer. 

We have a nice group in Camp this week. Most everyone is familiar with the lake which is great for us. Yesterday was WINDY–holy cow–and quite cool (60ish). THIS JUST IN: walleye fishing is great today (I’m guessing due to yesterday’s wind). I went down and caught a couple of boats just now, and everyone had some walleye!

Let’s catch up on some photos, I say.  Larry and Ruthie spent three weeks with us this year.  They always spend at least a couple and have stayed as many as five in the past.  Needless to say, you get to know someone pretty well over the years:)  Ruthie and I have even taken a couple of vacations together now.  We have a tradition while they’re here:  I make them a nice dinner.  This year we dined in the Bear’s Den as it was vacant.  One thing that never changes is their choice of entrée:  Larry’s shrimp.  This year I served it with a spinach salad and roasted potatoes.

 

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Dessert was an orange cheesecake with cranberry-orange topping:
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Larry and Gruper get along swimmingly:
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Probably the most interesting thing Larry and Ruthie caught this year was a northern with this in its belly:
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Brett, Karen, Trent and Tricia returned for their second family trip to Tall Pines Camp two weeks ago. Last year Trent was a smallmouth fishing machine! This year he decided the northern fishing was pretty fun as well:
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They even found walleye during a mayfly hatch and way-too-warm temps:
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Tricia wanted to pick blueberries again this year but it wasn’t quite time yet. She settled for picking perch instead:
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and honed her artistic skills along the way:
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Karen takes lovely pictures! She loves babies. Check these out:
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Look at this adorable picture of baby golden eyes:
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How about some loon action?
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It was a good week for sunsets (again):
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I really liked this one:
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Here’s a pic of our nephew Jesse:
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I went through more of his pictures. He had some good bug ones!
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Where’s Waldo?
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I liked this reflection very much:
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I took him to one of my favorite spots to show him some tracks. We didn’t anticipate this many tracks…
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Rebecca thought it might be a den or lair area (good thinking, Seester). We definitely interrupted someone when we arrived:
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That Rebecca, she’s a thinker:
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I’ll close with Jesse’s sunset:
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Looks Like Summer

July 15, 2013

Greetings! It is definitely beginning to look a lot like summer around here. Yesterday there were wave runners and squealing youth in the lake–not from our camp–perhaps locals or guests at another camp. We have some nice young people pedal boating, canoeing and swimming in the lake from our place. Temps are supposed to be in the high 70’s and low 80’s all week, cooling down nicely enough for good sleeping. We’d like a bit more cloud cover and a breeze to help people find walleye, but it is only Monday:)

Last week was greatly improved over the previous week. Mayflies finished up, rains came, and fish began moving deeper and biting better. We believe most people had a pretty good time. We added two big northern to the Conservation Awards Page! Duane and his nephew Will released 42″ and 36″ northerns on the same day! Duane had also released a 36″ northern earlier in the week but I didn’t get a pic from him. I (literally) just spoke with Duane this morning. He, his cousin Ron, and Will went to Keynote this morning. Will released a nice slot northern (34″)! They estimate that they caught 50 northerns, 7ish walleye which they weren’t even trying to do, and some perch. Good for them. They go out at first light which seems to help. Duane was trolling using beetle spinners (?) when he caught walleye.

Doc and Dave returned for their second trip of the season and brought along Doc’s granddaughter Emma. The three of them appeared to have a great time! I dumped Doc’s camera card and picked a few pieces of good time evidence:

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All that fishing works up an appetite:

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All that dessert requires a nap:

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But you need to be able to catch a sunset (or catch someone catching a sunset). Doc seems to like silhouettes as much as I like reflections…

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Here are a few more good sunset shots from Doc’s camera:

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Dennis usually comes up with his brother Don and a larger group in June. However, this year he traded in the guys so he could bring his wife Diana up for her first trip (I’d like to hear a collective “awwwww” from the ladies out there). They had a nice time and shared some of their shots with me. At the beginning of the week they saw a momma loon with two babies and another loon nesting:

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By week’s end the nesting loon had a tiny piggy-backer!!

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They didn’t have much luck photoing eagles so they got a turkey vulture instead:

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Here are some nice scenery shots from around the lake:

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Here is a very ominous-looking sky:

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Speaking of skies, Diana has a thing for them…kind of like Doc with silhouettes and me with reflections. I liked this one:

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Dennis and Diana were in Cabin 4 (aka “The Honeymooner). We’ve always said that cabin has the best view in Camp, especially during a week of incredible sunsets (check out some of the reflections):

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I really liked this silver sunset:

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Rebecca and Jesse departed Sunday after nearly a month with us. Both have arrived home safely. I’ll share some more of Jesse’s photos in my next post as well as a few pics of my own:) Later.

I can’t believe

July 10, 2013

it’s already Wednesday!  Time is flying around here.  By Sunday of this week it was already apparent that fishing would be better than last week.  Between mayflies and hot, windless, cloudless days last week, walleye fishing was TOUGH.  Temps were near 90 a couple of the days and the skies were bright blue.  We had some overly-sunned guests by week’s end.  The mayflies were thick on some portions of the lake; we didn’t have a blanket of them here but there were plenty.

Chase and Cindy were newbies who added two smallies and a perch to our Conservation Awards list–the perch story was great and Chad’s probably still in trouble.  They fished hard all week!  We met them at a show and were warned that Chase is a fishing machine–that he is!  Tony and his dad Jack brought Linda along this year.  They prefer to fish for northern and were not disappointed!  They also fish pretty hard and had a blast–landing one of each species on our Conservation Awards page!  Here are some “bonus” photos from them:

Tony not only released a 24″ walleye for the Awards page, here’s a nice 22″:

 

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I’m going to guess Linda caught this one:

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Here’s a northern stringer

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and a pair of piggies!

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Speaking of pairs, I called this pic “Synchronized Swimmers”

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Here’s another pair

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This family enjoys fishing and spending time together! Here’s Tony and Linda,

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and Jack and Linda (that Linda really gets around!),

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but if you want to see Tony and Jack you’ll have to look at their big northern pic on our Conservation Awards Page (www.tallpinescamp.com)!

Here are some good scenery shots from around the lake:

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Our goose families haven’t invited friends yet, so they can stay. This family appears to have a nanny(?)

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Last week was another good one for sunsets–in fact, this season has not disappointed! Here are a few from the Jacobs point of view:

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Seester Rebecca and our nephew Jesse have been here for three weeks today! It’s been a nice visit. Jesse had never been here before and will head back to the States with Rebecca on Sunday. He purchased a new camera for the trip and has been giving it a workout! Here are some of his photos:

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My beloved lupines,

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our nesting golden eye (using a wood duck house),

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two great sunsets,

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and a super reflection from NW Minnesota:

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Until next time…

Happy Canada Day 2013!

July 1, 2013

It is indeed Canada Day AND our niece Anna’s birthday! 

We ended up pretty good last week.  Jeff was a newbie and managed to put both a northern and a walleye on the Conservation Awards page!  Brad, also a newbie, released a big smallie, and both Rhonda and Ing added big walleyes to our list.

We have a nice crew in Camp–lots of newbies and a few used folks as well.  The weather is about as uncooperative for walleye fishing as you can get:  bright blue skies, no wind, and quite warm.  Add to that a late mayfly hatch and you’ve got some tricky conditions for walleye fishing.  We are asking our guests to try low-light fishing (early morning and evening) for walleye and to move in shallow to the weed beds where they might be looking for that beloved mayfly larvae.  Our other species should be fine as they’re not as light sensitive nor larvae-crazed as walleye.  Chase added a 19″ smallie on Sunday to our Conservation Awards Program but I don’t have his pic yet.

John and Shawn sent a couple of nice photos from their visit a few weeks back.  John’s the guy who managed to put three different species on the board in a week.  Father and son took a trip to the dump.  Here are a couple of pics:

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Ah, the irony…

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They also sent along a beautiful sunset:

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Mary and Ron were here a couple of weeks ago. Mary and her daughter Lori always get good duck shots:

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Duck, duck…

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Mary and Lori each caught a fishing pole last year. This year Mary caught some bark (I think):

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Ron’s shoes caught my eye…

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They found a great sunset, too!

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Jeff from last week added a big walleye and a big northern to our Conservation Awards Program. Here he is with his dog checkers and a nice-sized smallie:

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The other guy is Checkers. He was a delightful four-legged guest all week. He went for a swim one day during shore lunch:

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Jeff got a nice nesting loon pic, too:

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Jack, his daughter Linda and grandson Wyatt were here a few weeks ago as well. Jack has been visiting us for, like, ever. Wyatt’s first trip was last year. His mom’s first trip was this year. They stayed in the campground. Get this: Linda tent-camped so she could have her own space:) That’s a brave woman in my book! Here she is with a fish:

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They figured out how to make a fish look even bigger than its natural size:

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Jack truly enjoys the scenery and beauty of Wabaskang Lake. He always comes up with a good pic or two. Here’s a rock in Keynote:

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Here’s a twist: a sunRISE

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Linda enjoyed the screened-in porch of Cabin 4. She caught a nice sunset:

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Rachel was here, like, a zillion weeks ago. She’s the one with the cute little guy Bentley:

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Rachel hangs out with her mom Nita and stepdad John. They are good people (really)! They all enjoy fishing:

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Rachel submitted my first ever snail photo:

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She always takes some nice scenery photos:

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In her “spare” time Rachel is extremely crafty. She made my button fish and our Tall Pines garden stone, both of which are very cool! She shared her Canada scrapbook this year. I was awestruck at her pages! She gave credit to her “cricket” (a machine?) for helping do the little extras on her pages. I have never seen such creativity. She could honestly do this professionally for memory boards, graduations, any occasion. Here are a few examples–I couldn’t get them to stay upright(?). The first page has a tribute to my Stinky LaRue on it!

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You rock, Rachel! I’ll close with one of your sunset photos:

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