Archive for September, 2018

Another Foto Fest!

September 23, 2018

Hey there:)

I don’t know if you saw, but we awoke to actual snow yesterday morning (Sept. 22).

snowinsept

 

It was gone by day’s end–something I had actually considered as well–but it was still SNOW, one of many four-letter words I uttered yesterday.  I hope it’s not a sign of things to come…

oldsign

We are entering our last official week of the 2018 season.  The lake appeared to turn over mid-week, keeping things interesting for our anglers.  Bob, Terry and Steve worked hard, and with Terry as their guide I think they ended up OK:)  They had a nice batch of crappie(!), but as they pointed out they can catch all of them they want in Missouri.  Terry had a lovely northern, and both he and Bob had nice walleye releases.  I’ll try to share their pics next week.  Tony’s guys had a more difficult time with angling but they seemed to enjoy themselves nonetheless.

We have a mix of angling and hunting going on this week.  Gruper and I went hunting (I just look and hang out).  There seem to be quite a few birds this year.  Once this nasty weather hits and wipes out the foliage, birds should be much easier to see.  I think we have 5 or 6 in the freezer thus far.

Jim and Mary returned for their annual trip and brought a more manly Omar.  He certainly grew and matured in a year!  I ‘spoke that’s a seven-year gain, isn’t it?  He thoroughly enjoyed himself this year.

I have to say it…doggone rock;)

He owned this “stick”!

He supervised fishing…

He retrieved…

 

Someone’s gonna’ need a nap;)

Jim caught some nice fish this trip!

Mary caught some fish but she likes to mix it up.  She picks berries (at her own pace)

blueberries2

This year she studied birch bark before our glass class

I think I have Mary figured out:  she is all about texture!  She captures it well in her photos:)

scenery5greatroot.jpg

She loves the big rock covered with moose antlers at our glass class place (it really is something)!

mooseshedsatwillenes

She caught a great moose track and trail while exploring/fishing one day:

These scenery pics show just how low the lake was by mid to late August:

These gulls discovered new rocks as the lake dropped

gullsonnewrocks

Recent rains have helped a bit.  We’ve received more rain in two weeks than we had in two months!

Mary is a nature lover, too!  She sees beauty in everything:)  Check out her eagle pics:

eagle2

She even finds beauty in eagles and vultures communing over someone’s guts!

She marveled over the size of this merganser clutch!  I always wonder how they carry all those eggs myself!

merganserclutch

I LOVED this photo of a heron (I think it’s contest-worthy, Mary):

blueheron

Mary always takes this photo.  I don’t know why, but it reminds me of Wile E. Coyote.

alwaystakes

Check out the contrast between one of our smoky/hazy days and a perfect day:

She always manages to treat me to a reflection or three;)

reflection3

Lovely…

greatsky

sunsetsilhouettes

sunandsilhouettes

Good job as always, Mary!  You’ll outdo yourself again next year, I’m sure.  You simply rock!

rockon

Almost There

September 17, 2018

Hi there:)  I was looking at the calendar and realized we are almost finished with our 15th season.  Where does the time go?  The strangest phenomenon is that I’ll think, “When such-and-such gets here” or “I can’t wait to show this to…” and then I realize they’ve already been and gone for the season.  Socially, it all happens so quickly for me.

I’ve been so busy with cabin closings that I needed to remind myself what else I’ve been doing for the last month or so!  Well…I certainly picked A LOT of berries this season!  Debbie, Diane, Mary (taking photo) and I enjoyed a GREAT pick one day:

blueberries1

I joined my Canadian galpals in Ear Falls for a LOVELY luncheon:

meandgirls

Jenny and Kraig had a bit shorter visit than usual, so she and I had to cram A LOT into, like, 9 days!  We took an acrylic paint pour class with Kathy and Susie (awesome fun);

ourpaintpours

she and Kraig came for dinner for my birthday (I made yet another cake roll);

jennyandcakeroll

and we experienced this year’s final potluck, featuring an out-of-this-world sunset!

sunsetreflectedinwindow

See what I did there?

While they visited, Kraig caught a fantastic SUNRISE and a huge northern!

kraigssunrise

kraigsnortherncomp

BY THE WAY, HAPPY 50TH BIRTHDAY KRAIG!!!  SEE YOU SOON!

Then, to wrap up this past whirlwind month, I headed to Evergreen, Colorado!

mehikingincolorado

That’s a view taken from a hike to a glacier!  BEAUTIFUL!  I hiked there with my gal Sal, our buddy JoAnne and her hubby Joe.

saljoanneandme

Why Evergreen, you may or may not be asking.  ‘Cause Sal’s daughter Beth had a destination wedding there!  I was Sal’s “plus one”!  Here are Beth and Justin:

mebethandjustin

It was an INCREDIBLE wedding:)

SPEAKING OF INCREDIBLE WEDDINGS, COLTON AND (the other) ANDREA ARE GETTING MARRIED THIS SATURDAY!!!  BEST WISHES, YOU TWO!  SEE YOU NEXT YEAR!

I returned Saturday night to discover that it had finally rained (and rained, and rained) while I was gone.  Sunday morning we had a very hard rain accompanied by hail

hail

There was bigger hail for a bit, but I chose to stay inside and not drown my i-pad or get pelted by ice.

Sandy and Eldon returned to TPC this year!  They had a wonderful time.  Sandy caught and released this 23″ walleye.  I think it looks bigger!

sandyswalleye

Eldon served as guide and therefore was rewarded with quality Gruper time;)

mesteveandeldon

Bob released a 25″er as well.  He was fishing alone and had no camera, but if you knew Bob like we know Bob you’d believe him too!

We are at two cabins this week.  I’ve seen plenty of eater walleye and big, fat crappie so far in the buckets.

It’s time for a photo fest!  I’ll continue to share pics as I get through them.  I have some from you all on e-mail yet, as well as a couple of bigger folders, so be patient please!

Mitchell, Bob, Rob and Janelle were new to us a few weeks back.  They had a great time and caught plenty o’ fish!  They struck us as experienced anglers right off the bat, and we were correct.  ‘Twas Bob who caught the 42″ musky right in front of Camp!  Here are some of their trip’s highlights:

Bob and Mitchell found nice northerns!

Janelle found her fair share of fish, too!

Rob was in charge of boat operations, inuk-shuk creation and trying his darndest not to smile!

robatthehelm

They group certainly enjoys themselves

mitchell

and works as a team

cleaningifsh

They enjoyed a week of beautiful scenery as well:

SUNSETS!

Red “sun”day due to tons of smoke

redsun

Hang on a minute…what’s that along the shore???

moose1distant

I think it’s a moose.  Can we get a bit closer???

Cool!  Can we get even closer?

moosegreat

moosegreat2

and just like that, where’s Waldo?

moosehidden

Perhaps this inspired Rob’s sudden animation?

Check out that smile!  Winner, winner

winnerwinner

Take care!

School Days;)

September 8, 2018

Hi there!  Yes, September is here and school has begun.  My education began last Thursday when Gruper and I ventured out for a bit of fishing.  My hubby took all four points:  first, biggest, most and variety (one perch and one clam/rock).  He put four perfect 16-17″ eaters in the deadwell, two of which are in the freezer waiting to go to Iowa.  I was not skunked, however, and caught a gazillion 8-12″ walleye.  I think my last might have neared the 14″ range.  I also lost quite a few, and my coach pointed out a weakness of mine:  bringing the rod to my reeling hand after the hook-set instead of taking my reeling hand to the rod (I was allowing slack when I lowered the rod, giving the fish a chance to escape).

Gruper’s education soon followed.  We headed out again on Wednesday.  It was Windy (with a capital W).  We went no farther than Johnson’s Island for our adventure.  I caught first (a healthy 16″er for my dinner), biggest and most!  There was no variety point to be tallied.  I also caught smallest, a darling 5-6″er.  As for Gruper…skunked:(  He played the “guide” card and was rewarded with a pork chop while I enjoyed my self-caught dinner!

We decided to sneak out again today.  All of our guests are used and seasoned Wabaskang veterans, so we are taking full advantage!  We didn’t stay out long and struggled a bit, but Gruper put a fat 17″er in the deadwell for the freezer.  He took first, biggest and most (no variety point again) and I refrained from being skunked by catching one teenager.

The weather has been lovely.  Colors are not yet on, and I wonder if that’s due to our lack of rain(?)  I certainly hope the golds come out to create the contrasts we’ve grown to appreciate up here.

I apologize for not having pics from our fishing outings to share.  If you’ve followed this blog for any time at all, you know I have a bad history with cameras and water.  I’ve managed to kill two really nice cameras–one by salt water and one by rain water.  I do not need to take my i-pad or smarter-than-I phone out onto the lake.  Last year’s punishment camera was awful.  I miss having a camera but am obviously not responsible enough:(

Frank’s group had a good week!  Mike released a beautiful 36″ northern and Tim released an equally beautiful 26″ walleye!  The guys enjoyed plenty of shore lunches and took home their fish as well.  Photos to come.  Here’s a cool one, though, of Frank helping Mike’s big northern live on:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Bruce and Debbie were here for their annual visit a couple of weeks ago.  Bruce visits with the guys in June, then returns for a fun, relaxing week with Debbie.  Debbie does it all:  fishes, blueberry picks, dishes…

debbiedoesdishes

She is a two-handed, marginally dirty picker.  But let me tell you something:  the woman gets A LOT of berries!

debbiesberries

She caught a cute fish!

debbieandwalleye

You can really see the smoke in that pic.  We had several days of heavy smoke and red moons.  We have cleared up now, but during their visit we could smell smoke all day long. This merganser shot was taken on a smoky day:

merganserssmokey

It cleared up enough for some beautiful pics:

 

Check out these eagle shots:

I thought this cloud look eagle-like

flyingclouds

and Kyle has a bird of his own…

plane

Even though this sunset is nice,

I really loved the muted tones of this one:

mutedcolors

For now, the moose, Bruce and I bid you adieu!

mooseandbeer

brucedriving