Fishing

Roughing It. Sort of.

We went camping last weekend at the Army MWR Toledo Bend Recreation Site. We rented a yurt.

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The yurts don’t have running water but they DO have electricity. Including, a mini fridge, A/C unit, microwave, coffee pot, and lamp.

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That was a LOT more than I was expecting! I had a heads up about the fridge (which I thought it would be smaller) and the microwave. But I didn’t realize we’d have all those other amenities as well. Still. Felt a little like roughing it compared to staying in our timeshares. LOL

Even though we had a fridge, our own fridge/freezer cooler is laid out better inside so we actually didn’t use the fridge provided. But we did plug in our ARB Freezer. NICE.

We had great weather the first two days/nights. We made dinner with our Cobb Grill Friday night.

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Don is working on remember how to set it up.
Good thing we printed off instructions on how to fit it all back into the bag too!

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We made brats. They turned out GOOD. Even the simplest food can taste good when you’re out in the middle of nowhere.

The yurts come with covered picnic areas as well as the porch in the previous photo. They are actually a pretty nice setup.

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And the swimming beach was a stones throw from our porch.

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Don went down to check the fishing from shore (see his orange shirt?) but it was too grassy close to shore for fishing. We did head down for some swimming enjoyment Saturday evening. It was great to enjoy the warm water. Pretty soon it will be too cold to want to do any swimming.

I hassled Don for a couple of more photos before dark. 🙂

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That night we remembered how to play cribbage. And realized that we could watch some tv previously downloaded to Don’s smartphone. Yeah. Roughing it. 🙂

Saturday we rented a bass boat and spent a few hours fishing on the lake.

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This little guy wriggled out of Don’s hands just as I clicked the photo.
He was ready to get back into that water!

We caught lots of little guys, too small to keep, but good for enjoying the day.

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Yep. Tiny. Hey, at least I caught something!
I outfished Don the night before, fishing from the dock after dark. But he outdid me on the boat.

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Not sure what he was laughing at but love it when he laughs.

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It rained Sunday and we dodged back and forth from the yurt to the truck to pack and leave but all in all we had a good weekend. I even got a chance to take some sunset pictures that I think turned out pretty awesome!

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The sky is the daily bread of the eyes.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Movie Monday – Hanna, and a little fishing

Our movie viewing lately has been slow. We’ve just been too busy with other things – I’m ok with that. I enjoy movies, but it’s nice to have some other things to do too. The month of August was so unbearably hot and we were going crazy with cabin fever. It’s nice to have things to do again and to be able to get out and enjoy some time outside too.

Let’s see, oh, right. Movies…we watched Hanna last week. It was…ok. I was entertained but not wowed. I guessed a few things here and there as the story went along so I guess you say it was predictable. Not unbearably so but just not quite original enough to totally take me by surprise at every twist or turn. Storyline: young girl, raised by her father in isolation as an assassin. Goes out into world. Kills people. (No real spoilers here. That’s pretty much the known plot.) There was also some emphasis on Hanna’s sensory overload as result of her sheltered upbringing. Overall, interesting, but not impressive. I’m glad we waited and watched it on rental.

Totally unrelated to movies, I’m super excited to share about our fishing excursion yesterday. We were only out for a little over two hours but a lot happened in those two hours! We caught two redfish and one drum – I caught two of those three! I’m fairly certain those were the biggest fish I’ve ever caught. I’m a little squeamish about holding them but I’m glad Don made me so I can have a picture of me to share for once. 🙂

We were catching things left and right. Every time we threw our line in, something hit it and either stripped our bait or got reeled in and tossed back for being too small. It was the most active fishing I’ve ever experienced. We had a good time.

We fished until we ran out of bait and then headed in – through a rainstorm on the far side of the waterway, right at the park where we launched. We got SOAKED loading up but it was still tons of fun.

Here’s a few other pics from earlier in the day…

The two best times to fish is when it’s rainin’ and when it ain’t.
~ Patrick F MacManus

(And we got a little of both yesterday!) 🙂