Everyday dose of Reality
I can’t believe the sun is out and it is warm, maybe I should call CNN. Don’t get me wrong I am a Northern gal but come a certain time of year I do expect the snow to be gone. Now, normally that would have been in the middle of last month, but it seems Mother Nature has a sense of humor this year. She is just so darn funny that I woke up Saturday morning to fat snowflakes coming down and I don’t mean just a few.
Up here in Northern Minnesota fishing opener was this past Sunday. I have no clue why they decided to make it on Mother’s Day, but they did. Don’t get me wrong I love my kids as much as any mother can, but think about it for a second. Mother’s Day is made to look as if the mum gets pampered and ravished by love from her kids. Now, in a child’s mind it’s Mother’s Day, so you need to go to mum for every little need or desire the child wants. Same as any other day, but this one is not the normal week day name 🙂
So … people come up here from all over the place to go fishing. I guess the state motto, “Land of 10,000 Lakes” implies we also have a butt load of fish and the best angling. At any rate, I ran the kids down to the little store down the road, and the parking lot resembled Walmart on Christmas eve. Well, minus the snow and these guys were all in pick-ups dragging boats behind them. The owner of the store and I had been placing bets over the past 2 weeks. Let me make it clear, I’m not really a gambler and don’t want to get confused for my Great Grandma. She was a Vegas/Laughlin staple as she schlepped from slot to slot in her velour joggin suit, green see through visor propped on her head and the trusty plastic margarine tub hanging from yarn around her neck. Oh yeah, that’s how my Great Grandma rolled. Fearless and she was packin heat in that margarine tub. Nickles baby, all nickles!
The question about opener was, do people bring boats or ice augers? In truth it was a valid question, especially with the knowledge that the ice just melted off the lakes TODAY. I went with the option of: bring the boat with a plow blade welded on front, wear a life jacket and ice auger hanging off the edge of the boat. Needless to say, all these fisher-people (yep being politically correct), came, they saw, and they cursed the ice-covered lakes.
Today the sun is out, all the way, no hiding behind clouds teasing you. It is 82 at this moment and I bet this weekend the people pile on the lakes like bees on honey.