Archive for May, 2018

One Week In…

May 27, 2018

PLEASE NOTE:  We have been under a “no open fire” ban since opener.  If you plan to have shore lunches, please bring a Coleman-type stove to use.  I’ll let you know when we receive word that the ban has been lifted.

Well, we have survived our 15th opening week!  We had a nice group of guests and pretty good fishing.  Temps were the warmest we’ve ever seen for opener:  near 80 and sunny pretty much every single day.  Sunscreen was in high demand!

Opening week anglers have their tried and true spots.  Walleye were staying fairly true to form in spite of the unseasonably warm weather.  The surface temp for opening day was around 48.  By Wednesday it had raised to 60ish.  Some bays were 70!  Things are to cool off a bit this week which would be nice.  Paul and Tony fished every day.  On Thursday they boated 113 walleye!  They were fishing shallow–about 5-7′.  This is too shallow:

too shallow

We overheard another boat saying they had 200+ walleye one day.

Paul and Tony added some fish to our not-quite-up-and-running Big Fish page including a couple of walleye, bass, and a northern.  Here’s Paul with another northern


and a table full of perch


and Justin with a killer perch;)


Paul and Tony were in the right place at the right time to see Mama Moose and her calf (look closely):


Our pets have finally shown up!  We had three one morning.  Here’s today’s lone ranger:

pet northern



is a doll and a very good sport.  She returned with her motley crew yet again.  I shared a few of their fishing photos last week. I offered her a cabin of her own but she refused, saying that someone had to keep these guys in line.  She is quite the angler and dutifully guides these guys around the lake to catch fish:









This crew actually seems to have as much fun when they’re not fishing…

man down



They invited Sonny and Kathy to shore lunch one day (one thing I LOVE about my guests–most of them are soooo friendly)!  They even delivered lunch to them:)


A few things concern me, however.  Jeff, in particular, presents with some disturbing tendencies…



They were able to sit and watch a yearling bull for nearly an hour one day!

He allowed them to get quite close and just didn’t seem to care (a special note here about the incredible reflections my friend took the time to include in these shots):




Wow!  They came back truly affected that day!  That’s when you know you really are in God’s country up here.  Here’s more evidence if you need it;)


How about a sunset???


How ’bout “See you next year”???

group pic

I love that photo!  Here’s one that took my breath away:


God’s country, I say.  Until next week…





Open for Business, 2018

May 20, 2018

It’s official:  the 2018 season has begun!  Here’s a sign of the times…


We fixed the broken post and got ‘er done!  The weather has been awfully nice, and we’ve been able to get lots of outside work done.  We finally received a lot of rain Friday, and the lake has risen visibly; however, we could use more rain and I’ll not complain if we get more.

Yesterday was walleye opener.  Darnell, Party of 4, returned with great expectations!  Keynote did not disappoint yesterday, and the group was able to find many nice walleye.  Vicky reported that 4, 20’s; 3, 19’s; and several 18’s were returned to Wabaskang.  She knows that pleases us to no end!  Here are a few nice shots:





The group also found some smallies yesterday evening:



Their adventure was not without its challenges, however.  There was a small problem with the trailer hitch en route


Vicky had to tolerate A LOT of snoring and had to BUY HER OWN COFFEE (etiquette dictates that the driver has to purchase nothing)…


and there was a social hour almost immediately after they arrived (her cheesecake is to.die.for.)

social hour

Male bonding…


She took a pretty picture:)


and even spotted a Grupe in the wild!


Speaking of Gruper, he found some really cool moss!

It’s really pretty green, resembles coral, and creeps!  I think we should transplant it to the hill in front of Cabins 2 and 3!  While examining the moss I saw bird carnage:


Something got hold of a grouse I guess:(  There were lots of feathers and parts:(

I had a nice shot at some glitter the other night


but nothing tops this sunset!  It had every color imaginable:)  See you next week!



Happy Day, Moms!

May 13, 2018

We hope all you moms have gotten to do whatever makes you happy today!

Camplife is nearly ready to begin.  In less than a week we will have people all over the place here!  For my end, all the cabins have been spring-cleaned.  I will finish making up the beds and hanging curtains today.  I need to spend a good amount of time under the Bear’s Den getting organized for the season, but cabins come first.

For Gruper’s end, things are going pretty smoothly as well.  Ice was officially out by Monday.  Here’s a pic of the last bit of shoreline accumulation

shore ice

It looked like a big slushie toward the end!  We have had some windy days, but Friday brought us a glass lake first thing in the morning.  You all know what that means!


The docks are in place and ready for boats!  That bench looks like it’s ready for bodies as well!  Good thing Friday was so calm ’cause it’s been pretty windy ever since.

This week will find Gruper and Mark freshening boats and getting them ready for season.  Oh, that’s right:  Mark is returning this year!  He joined us around Week 3 last year, finished out the season, and indicated that he wouldn’t mind doing it again!  Life is easier when we don’t have to start out training someone.  Darlene will also be working around Camp part-time.  We are delighted to have her; she helps keep me in line.

I’ve not seen much wildlife yet but that doesn’t mean it isn’t happening.  Freya was right about some hinkiness around here.  We have a fox again this year

Here’s a great “where’s Waldo” grouse shot


Gruper has seen a moose and a bear already this year (I have not)!  The bear was a pretty good one:


Apparently I’ve been too busy to get to go critter watching;)  I have spent a bit of time in the kitchen of course.  We entertained Friday evening.  I tried to do a lot of fruit and veggie things, e.g., stuffed mushrooms and an OCD veggie tray:


The main plate was green beans almondine and Andalusian pork (the one with that olive, caper, tomato salad on top).  Those both turned out very well.  HOWEVER, I wowed myself with a recipe I’d seen on fb

cake roll

That bad boy is a fruit-filled angel food cake roll!  I topped it with more of the fruit as I served.  It was really, really good if I do say so myself, and I do.

With the too-nice temps we’ve been having, the sunsets have been gorgeous!



Here’s an early morning foggy narrows shot


My fave for this entry is an ice reflection from last week:


Spectacular!  See you next week!

Well, It Is Sunday…

May 6, 2018

and it seems only right that I begin the blog schedule:)  The weather has been absolutely beautiful, with daytime temps in the mid 60’s and plenty of sunshine.  We could use some rain–and you know how I hate to admit that–but we’re sure it will come.  This lovely weather has done wonders with the ice!  We had nice winds on Friday that brought large chunks to shore:


We have a HUGE chunk moving toward shore now, and then we will be clear to the narrows on this end:

See how I incorporated a great reflection into that pic;)  Some things NEVER change.



and I took a walkabout yesterday afternoon.  The only winter damage we could see was to one of the posts of our “Welcome to Tall Pines Camp” sign:


We’ll assume that’s an easy fix.  We wanted to show off our new crib along the driveway:


Please be sure to admire it when you arrive.

I continued the driveway walk on my own; Freya senses hinkiness beyond the actual camp.  This is the poo I was seeing everywhere–Gruper says it from grouse:


Honestly, there’s a lot of it coming out of those little birds!  This mystery substance was up by his shop:


I found one set of paw-like tracks, perhaps from a fox?


The entire driveway has LOTS of moose and deer tracks.  I’d say at least two moose are using the driveway daily for their walk, and there’s a trail into the bush through some wet ground:

I know this is short, but so am I:)  Stay tuned.

And so it begins…

May 3, 2018

Greetings and Happy New Year!  We arrived safely in Camp yesterday afternoon.  The house was warm, dinner was ready, and we were relaxing in time to catch Survivor!  I guess we have this down to a science by Year 15.

There is virtually no snow left–maybe a bit in the tree lines along the road, but that’s about it.  Our first sunset of 2018 gives you a glimpse of the ice situation:


Today’s temps neared 70.  Large chunks of ice moved into the shoreline.  We can see open water coming from the narrows.  The opening in front of Camp reaches just beyond the boat ramp.  I’ll continue to provide updates, but we foresee no problems making opener at this time (knocking wood as I type).

We awoke to a BEAUTIFUL day on the lake!


Those are trumpeter swans playing in the foreground and hanging out behind them.  Believe it or not, that’s “our” tree!  I can’t believe how much it grows each year.

One of the first sounds I heard today:  the familiar roar of the Toyota!  I swear Gruper considers that his first official rite of passage each season!  She fired right up.

The best thing about this beautiful day was how quickly we unloaded and unpacked!  I took my time and still accomplished a ton.  I checked out my crop during a brief walkabout:


That’s a promising start to some yummy rhubarb.

As far as a poop report, apparently one/some deer decided our driveway was a great place for a daily deposit!  I took a walk on 105 this afternoon and am 98.62% sure I saw some bear poop as well.

The driveway had many moose and deer tracks as well as a few that are more paw-like.  I’ll try to venture out again within the next day or two and take some pics.

I know this is short but you know there’s more to come!