Archive for May, 2016

Happy Memorial Day

May 30, 2016

Hi there.  We hope you’re ending your weekend on a good note and that you’ve taken time to remember our veterans as well as those currently serving our country.  Without them we’d be in big trouble.

Our first week of Season 13 was good.  Big northerns were the fish to catch!  We saw at least six over 38″!  Teydon was a first-time guest–and a fun 8-year-old–who thoroughly enjoyed his trip!  I’m sure it had nothing to do with the 42″ northern he caught early in the week;)  You can see that photo as well as several others on our Conservation Awards page.  You’ll find a link on the bottom right-hand corner of our home page (  The best thing about Teydon’s big fish experience is this:


He was able to witness the proper technique for successfully releasing a fish.  Not all of Teydon’s catches were big, though.  He and his dad Roy both seemed to love simply fishing.

Roy and Teydon

Teydon and Roy

Nice batch o’ perch, eh???

Paul was back for the billionth time and brought a couple of newbies with him.  He had some very nice words for us, and I’ve posted them on our Facebook page (tall pines camp, ontario).  You can see Paul and his buddy Tony on the Conservation Awards page holding a variety of very nice northerns.  They hit the motherload!  I wonder if it had anything to do with this:

pauls lure


They also managed to get some beautiful photos.  As you know, I love seeing our world through the eyes of a newbie; it reminds me of how lucky Gruper and I are each and every day.


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The weather last week was mostly hot and still.  We had a couple of brutal days for sunburns.  Water temps were already in the 60’s.  The rainbow above followed a nice rain.  We’ve since had plenty of rains and I’m ready for the sun to shine for a whole day!  Anyway, the water temp is down below 60 again which should be more normal than last week’s temp.  It’s good to be a duck the last few days:


Opening week wouldn’t be the same if Eldon and Sandra weren’t here (Happy Birthday, S).  They had a good week of fishing, and Sandra got to work on her tan as well:)  I like this peek-a-boo pic:

KODAK Digital Still Camera

She’s checking out the contents of their live well.  Here’s what it held:

KODAK Digital Still Camera

They had a bit of variety fishing throughout the week:

KODAK Digital Still Camera

KODAK Digital Still Camera

P.S. That’s Sandra’s fish that  Eldon’s holding.

KODAK Digital Still Camera

They enjoy watching the geese from Cabin 4’s deck.  Here’s a nice pair:

KODAK Digital Still Camera

but…where there’s smoke I hear there’s fire:

KODAK Digital Still Camera

I’ve already seen a batch of babies.  I like to watch them as long as they’re not pooping all over our lawn!  Dirty birds!

Sandra and I like to go ‘sploring.  This year I took her to see pink mountains:

KODAK Digital Still Camera

She went back to visit that den we are so intrigued by:

KODAK Digital Still Camera

Truly fascinating (to me, at least).

She and I saw this very cool nest(?)

KODAK Digital Still Camera

Maybe this is Eldon the Eagle?

KODAK Digital Still Camera

The evening sun was setting like a red rubber ball:

KODAK Digital Still Camera

Look at these night photos taken with her new camera:

KODAK Digital Still Camera

KODAK Digital Still Camera


Thanks for tuning in.  Please do check out the big fish and Paul’s kind words.  Have a great week!



Off to the Races

May 23, 2016

Our 2016 season is officially underway!  We have a nice group of anglers–mostly used but a few new.  The temps are unseasonably warm right now.  Wabaskang’s temps are already registering in the mid-60’s. We awoke to a nice rain this morning, and the forecast promises more.  Earlier in the week I got a shot of some pollen–not a mess-with-my-head pollen, but something different (birch perhaps?):


We have at least three pet northerns already!  I tried to get a shot this morning but we’re a bit too overcast for a good shot.  That’s OK, though, as we’ll probably have more by next week.

Look what got delivered this week:


That’s right:  a brand-new-in-the-box G3 with a 40-hp!  That brings our fleet of 40’s to four!  It’s a good-looking boat and will be water-ready within a few days (I’m sure big into hyphenating today).

It’s been so lovely outside that I’m having trouble staying inside.  I decided to freshen a bunch of signs:

office sign

bd signs

I did not paint a sign for this den, however:


Murray got the whole place mowed and then headed inside Cabin 2.  We liked last year’s new countertop in Cabin 4 so well–and it held up over the winter–that we asked Murray to do the same in Cabin 2.  He took it even further and moved the shelving unit to the wall to create more counter space!

cabin 2

We have all of the supplies for Cabin 2 to get a beautiful metal roof as well.

We’ve had a couple more beautiful sunsets.  I took several pictures of the same one, unable to decide which I liked best.  Here are two:



Short-but-sweet (both this entry and its writer)!  Hopefully I’ll be able to share some fish pics by week’s end.  Happy Victoria Day!


Let the Countdown Begin

May 14, 2016

Just one week ’til Wapner and things are pretty much in order.  We’ve had a couple of snafu’s but nothing we couldn’t manage.  The cabins are cleaned and almost ready, the docks are in, my spirits had been high until…Friday the 13th:



We went from temps in the 70’s–and even 80’s already–to cold rain on Thursday and snow on Friday.  Temps dropped below freezing last night and created a few problems, and rumor has it we’re going to freeze again tonight before warmer temps begin to take over.  Ugh.  Let’s focus on the “good” for now.

Murray started work last Monday.  He and Gruper were able to get the docks in quite easily early in the week (good thing they didn’t procrastinate, eh?).  I took a couple of photos to show the lake level for our early comers.  I’d say it’s come up even a bit more since I took these pics:

water level on dock

water level on shoreline

The docks showed their usual carnage of crawdad claws–left by the gulls all winter–but the otters decided to leave a bit of their mess behind as well:

claws on dock

northern head on dock

Yes, that’s a northern pike head left on the dock.  Otters may be cute but that’s about the only card they were given to play.  Along the driveway I found another piece of carnage:

dead bird

That is what’s left of a blackbird.  I wondered if Freya had wandered that far from the cabin, but Gruper just laughed at that.  I suspect a wolf but would be amazed that it left that much evidence.  They usually eat pretty much everything of anything.

Before the weather reared its ugly head I had taken a couple of “annual” pictures.  Here’s the tree we planted several years ago–it’s doing GREAT–and my rhubarb patch (I’m worried about how it might be affected by this weather):

our tree


We’ve had a couple of lovely sunsets already:

may 3 sunset

As they weather turned sour so did my demeanor, and my duties switched to those of the indoor variety.  I painted the letters of the big sign and Gruper varathaned all of my signs:

my tpc sign

my signs

I found a just-right frame for a poster we got from Tony and I’ve almost finished another string art project:

fish poster and string art

I have painted the floor in Cabin 11 and want to fix up the Bear’s Den sign.  Murray has been putting a new counter top in Cabin 2.  Gruper has been getting boats ready and fixing things I find in cabins along the way.  There’s certainly no shortage of projects!

Rumor has it we’ll begin seeing opening week guests around Wednesday.  I think we’ll be almost ready for them;)

We lost Aunt Phyllis Tuesday evening.  She was 98.5 years old and still quite with-it!  I was able to spend some time with her before heading north and am grateful.  She was my dad’s “big” sister but probably topped out at about 4’10” at the height of her life.  This photo was taken when she was only 97 I believe.  I always felt like a giant next to her!  Rest in peace, My Aunt Phyllis.

aunt phyllis


Lucky #13

May 3, 2016

That will be our mantra for 2016, our 13th season!  We arrived at Camp yesterday.  We knew before we arrived that we would have open water and little/no snow.  What a difference from some of our arrival experiences!

The trip itself was fairly uneventful.  There were new procedures at the border for our work visas so we were there a bit more than two hours.  Freya had had enough of the whole thing!  Even drugged, she has these horrid meltdowns in between sleeping phases.  She has ripped some holes in her carrier.  This year I would look over and she would have her nose and one hand sticking out.  Oy.  She yells during the meltdowns, causing me to yell back.  I am not proud of that.  I tried music other than my usual God rock (Rebecca’s term, not mine, for Sirius FM’s The Message).  The Barenaked Ladies, Collective Soul and Led Zepplin seemed to keep her calm(er).  She does not care for the Counting Crows or Pearl Jam’s “Masters of War.”  She liked PJ’s “Daughter” and “Black,” but became quite angry when I subbed “Wild-eyed, crazy Freya” for the lyrics of Crazy Mary.

crazy freya

The temp upon arrival was incredible!  Check out the “snow” and our ice situation.”  The weather stick promises good stuff:



open water

weather stick

A BIG dead bug rode all the way from Wisconsin with me…

dead bug

En route, Gruper saw a bear (I did not because Freya and I were fighting in the vehicle behind his).  I saw a beautiful fox.  We’ve both seen grouse along the driveway!  Our trail cams revealed nothing of interest; however, my first walk-about told a grizzly story of a rabbit and wolf encounter:

rabbit and wolf

Staying in Iowa so late allowed me to see some of our yard beauty!


mulch 1

Sal and I were able to get in many good walks with my late departure as well!  I took this pic on a cool new route we discovered this fall/winter:


Gruper was able to do his thing as well!


While he played, I worked!  I subbed quite a bit of elementary and special ed as well as several times at our Juvenile Detention Center (Rebecca is a para there, so it’s a bonding experience).  I did find some time to play, though.  We spent the holidays on Marco Island (FL).  Gruper caught an incredible grouper!


We played dress-up ’cause you know how much he enjoys that;)


I’ve decided I like sandmen better than snowmen.  Gruper can find a golf cart anywhere!



I can find a lizard anywhere!


We ran into a couple of last Packer fans and took them under our wing;)


It’s hard to give Kraig and Jenny a hard time, though, ’cause they watched the Rose Bowl with us and didn’t laugh at Iowa…

Not blogging left me with a lot of time on my hands.  I continued to attempt to be creative…glass blowing, crocheting, string art, etc.





That last item is supposed to be loon feathers:(  Some lucky cabin will be sporting those as décor.

I/we were able to spend some time with family as time permitted.  The greats are all doing great!  Mackayla is rocking 3rd grade and joined the chorus:


Mya is finishing kindergarten and Emma will be 3 in August.  They got a new little brother, Gizmo:




Alysha is finishing kindergarten as well.


Her mom, niece Wendy, is finishing her first year of teaching first grade.  She will live to tell about it.  Here she is with her big brother, nephew Danny:

Danny and Wendy

Jack is now 4!  We saw him last fall in Washington but I had to steal a more recent fb pic:


Gavin is 2…and living up to his nickname “The Beast.”  Here he is with niece Jamie:


So…we were at 4 girls and 2 boys.  Leave it up to niece Anna and her husband Benny to even things up!  We got Michael and Joshua in April.  They were a bit early but are healthy and home!  I have not met them in person but here’s a pic;)


Sweetness!  I’ll close with a shot from my last evening in Iowa.  Rebecca and Sal came over to wish us well.  I miss everyone already!