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Thursday, October 3, 2013

Water Bear



See, I'm not just about sailing. Here's the big old bear in my canoe. Way way in the distance you can just make out the While Mountains, (behind my head) The Whites are just about due south of where I am. Yeah, I'm that far north.


Pretty here, isn't it?

We had two of my canoes out on the lake and one of my daughters brought her kayak.

I can't believe my lovely wife and I only have one more week before heading south for the winter. All the critical projects have been completed. If I don't get to the rest, we can still head out. That's a good feeling.

The weather's been rather pleasant for the fall. The long range forecast for the next weeks looks pretty good. October is a funny month here in the north. Anyone remember “Snowtober?” The weather can turn from pleasant and mild to winter.

When it turns cold, it can get brutally cold. In previous years I've seen fishing shacks on the ice as early as the end of November. This year I'll have no idea, nor interest on when the lake freezes over. What will concern me is when it opens up again in the spring. The average ice out date is around the third week of April. That's when we plan on being home again.

As for now, I'm enjoying the mild days.

-Sixbears

16 comments:

  1. Yep, enjoy 'em while ya got 'em. Before long, you'll be fishing in the southern sun, and I know how you'll hate that!

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  2. Gorgeous.
    Damn I can see why you like it there.

    So what kind of piscatine delights are in that lake?
    Crappy or Blue gill probably, any Perch?

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    1. Perch, rainbow trout, small mouth bass, sunfish, pickerel, cusk, horned pout, smelt. I think that's it.

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  3. Very nice - love when the water is like glass!

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    1. Nice in a canoe, a pain the sailboat. Good thing I've both. :)

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  4. A beautiful time of year up your way. Have a safe journey south.

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  5. Very pretty there. You and your wife earned your break with trip preps and boat work - enjoy the time off.

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  6. Are you sure you don't want to stick around and see that first pretty snow fall???

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    1. The kids can e-mail some photos. That will do.

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  7. One boat, two canoes , one kayak, One more and you'll have your own navy fleet.

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    1. One sailboat, another under construction, three canoes in usable condition, a small rowing canoe, inflatable kayak.

      We enjoy having guests.

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  8. Such a beautiful place. I get tired of the flat, featureless coastal prairie... I would love to be able to travel, away from the hot, sticky summers to somewhere cooler with some mountains and scenery. Then come home in the winter to escape the snow and ice. A "reverse snowbird"!

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    1. I knew a guy who retired up here for the skiing. Guy just loved winter. Buddy of mine also loves the cold. He has a warm weather job and takes the cold half off. Cold weather means time off for him.

      As for me, the snowbird thing is a good gig. This a really beautiful area, but bitterly cold in the winter.

      My TX in-laws have a place up on Table Rock Lake in MO. That's where they spend most of the summer. Guy had a very nice retirement package from IBM. Those were the days.

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