First, I have to apologize. Then I have to apologize again because I feel like I am always saying sorry about something when it comes to the blog. Between the issues with wifi, and my jumbled brain, the blog never seems to be on time or completely finished. For those of you who know me you can probably attest to the fact that my brain probably resembles that of scrambled eggs. Pair that with the fact that I hate to write if I am not inspired and you get late blog and internet issues. Good news though, as I was showering today the inspiration hit and I came running from the shower house with soap still in my hair. So here we go.
As you all know this is our second year with the camp, and we have met a lot of people since we started. After you go through the first year, you get this idea that you have met everyone; you think you will get a new group or two, or that a group might bring someone new along. Overall you feel you have met everyone you will see consistently in the years to come. Now, although that is true, I forgot to account for the groups that did not come last year (or for the past 23 years) and decided to make an appearance this year. Boy we thrown for a loop when we knew only 3 out of 7 cabins! It was like we stepped into a time machine and were starting all over again. We entered a new realm and traveled back to the home of the revolving door of new faces. Every time you would turn around there was someone new to meet, or a new story to hear. As crazy and unexpected as it was, we had a great time making new friends and memories.
Along with the craziness of a mostly green camp we had a lot of other unexpected challenges. These were everything from a possible broken ankle, to a MNR visit, to falling off the dock into the water, and boats floating away. We had a new admission to the broken prop club (you know who you are), and a very special 25th birthday! Both our bear hunters this week are going home with beautiful bears and we couldn’t be happier! The best weeks are the ones where work doesn’t feel like work at all, and thanks to you guys that is exactly what it was!
The ankle story: I will make it short. The moral of this story is that if your son forgets his knife and it looks slippery, make him get out of the boat and get it! Our good friend Albert found this out the hard way. Lucky for him we are some quick thinkers and were able to find him some crutches. Although it looked painful, he was a trooper and didn’t let it keep him from fishing! We wish him the best on his way home and hope he feels better soon!
Next, the MNR visit had everyone running around scared, but for good reason! The limit is the limit. Just because you plan to eat fish that night, and take your limit home the next day does not mean you can have over the limit. Why? Because it is OVER THE LIMIT. Don’t be dumb. They will take your fish, and cite you for each fish you have over what you are allowed. This weeks winner? 8 walleye over at $200 a piece. It is a lot cheaper to just follow the rules don’t ya think? Another big problem we had was that people were completely skinning their fish. The law is that you must leave at least 1 square inch of skin on each piece of fish until right before it is being cooked. You may get fined, or you may just get warned, but they WILL take your fish for that as well. Just pay attention when you clean your fish, cause it is kinda inconvenient when the MNR confiscates your dinner. Hey, on the bright side the grocery store is only 3 hours away! Finally be extra observant when buying your fishing license online. There was a group that had bought theirs at the same time online, but one license was for the wrong week. When it comes to online licenses all it takes is one click of the button to make it the wrong license. Just watch out, it isn’t worth the headache.
Watch your step when you get out of the boat! If possibly breaking an ankle isn’t enough incentive to make you more cautious, then how about possibly breaking a rib or two? We have added handles to the dock. All you have to do is pull up, make sure your boat is tied securely, and use the handle. It is that simple. Luckily there were enough people around to help and make sure he was okay. It could have been a lot worse.
TIE YOUR BOAT UP OR YOU WILL HAVE TO PAY FOR THE DAMAGES. Even on the ramps your boat can float away.
Happy 25th Birthday to Caleb Davis! Good luck with your quarter-life crisis. You make a very pretty princess.
Congrats to Mark Yoder and his son Ben Yoder on some nice bears!
The walleye didn’t just start to bite this week, they were on fire! Congrats to John Connaughty and Hal Haberman on catching over 300 walleye this week. That is very impressive guys!
And as usual catching eater-size fish has been a challenge as there are too many trophy fish that like to bite the line instead!
Over all it was a very wonderful week. Thank you all for taking the time to come visit us at WLC. Have a safe trip home, and can’t wait to see you again soon!