It was May that we walked
Beneath the tall bushes
Surrounded by a fragrance
I treasure more than any other.
In college I brought a branch to you
To keep in your dorm
For the last few days you lived there,
But in the water
They wilted.
Short lived is their bloom,
Even shorter when picked.
Enjoy them now
For soon to be gone,
Returning again the same
But always impossibly
And unbelievably better.

– David

Fly Fishing, Snakes, and Beer

This morning I went out to Walnut Creek to cast at bass and bluegill. I couldn’t entice any bass, but the bluegills were eager for a popper supper. It was a short trip. Hour and a half. But I had a lot of fun and caught about 15-20.

I also saw this little guy out for a swim.

Last Sunday, Sara and I went up to Boyer Chute Wildlife Refuge for a jog and morel hunt. Well, the jog was shorter than normal because the flood plane of the chute was completely flooded. The Missouri is still high up here in Nebraska. While stalking mushrooms in the woods, we saw 5 common garter snakes. All were pretty good sized. Lots of fun, but no mushrooms.

All snakes (including these two) were Common Garter Snakes – Red-sided variety
(Thamnophis sirtalis)

On Saturday, we got together with some good friends for a german feast. Kraut. Sausages. Spatzel. Potato pancakes and applesauce. Delish. Paired with a Sam Adams Summer Ale. Oh, so good. The Summer Ale is light and sweet. Perfect for a warm evening sitting on the porch.

Take Them Fishing!

Well, first let me say, this will probably be my last contest entry for a while 🙂 I’m feeling like I need to do more fishing and less writing about fishing. That being said, when OBN posted a new contest in coordination withTake Me Fishing forNational Fishing and Boating Week, I had to enter. The thing is, I’m not entering for myself. This is for my nephews and niece and their families. These kids love catching fish. Notice I said, “catching fish.” At their age, attention span is … well… let’s just say limited. ( see troutrageous’ guest post regarding tips to make the outings more enjoyable for the little guys) So while the act of fishing (the process of seeking out the fish and not necessarily catching any) is fun to me, for these little tikes, it takes a little more stimulation. All of the goodies that Take Me Fishing will provide them with a literal package of activities to possibly make the fishing aspect more enjoyable, but definitely make the catching fish more exciting. So, yes, it will all go to them. They deserve it more than I.

They are all up in Minnesota and will soon be enjoying fishing with Grandma and Grandpa. Now, I have 3 nephews and one niece all belonging to my brother and sister. There is, however, another nephew on the way via my other brother and sister. Believe me when I say, G-ma and G-pa have their hands full when these kids are around. I want to be able to explain this to you, but I think it is better if I just show you….

Honestly, these kids kill me with joy and love. They are just so crazy fun. When they get excited, I think they are going to have a seizure. They are intensely excited when catching fish…. and when there is cake. They love cake. And frosting.

I mean look at them. They go crazy. CRAZY!

I’m hoping to get around a do some casting myself next week here in Omaha. It will be quiet time alone, relaxing and enjoying the last few weeks I have here. But I will be thinking about the joy my little buddies get from being at the Lake in Minnesota, fishing with family. I don’t need someone to take me fishing anymore, but they do. And these trips while young can not only create memories, but also an appreciation for the world in which we live. That is something I think is very valuable. – National Fishing & Boating Week