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The Fishing Get-Away

May 7, 2012

It was time to get away. After what seems like non-stop activity since October we finally carved a weekend out of the schedule for the family. Gary’s fiance, Josy, is spending the week with us and enjoyed the get-away too.

With the ice off most of the lakes in the state, it was a slam-dunk decision to go fishing. Destination: Steamboat Lake.

We decided that we would try to find a cheap motel instead of the normal routine of “get-up-early, drive 4 hours, fish, and then make the same long return trip.” I tried my hand at “naming my own price” for motel rooms at priceline.com. They were not interested in my first low-ball offer, but for less than $60 a room, we ended up in a nice hotel with a pool to boot.

I packed a deluxe picnic for Saturday and we took off  before noon on Friday. We rolled into Steamboat and checked into our hotel. There was time for a quick swim before heading out to dinner.

Gary and Josy!

Our favorite local pizza place has a restaurant in Steamboat, but they were closed for spring break.  😦 We ended up at Johnny B. Good Diner. Delicious!

Then we took  a little walk around town and down to the Yampa River. On the drive back home we were treated to a view of three bears in a tree – right in front of the visitor center. I am sorry they wouldn’t get together for a group picture, but you will just have to believe me.

There really are three, really!

Saturday morning we slept in 🙂 and grabbed some fast food on our way to the lake. The sun was shining and the temperature was 65*. It was a perfect day for a picnic and the fishing wasn’t too bad either. Grace caught the first fish of the day and I am proud to say that I caught the second one.

the day’s catch

At the end of the day, we had 13 fish on the stringer, a bit of sunburn on our arms, and bellies full of marinated steak sandwiches. Carl (7 years old) was top fisherman of the day for catching the most fish and the biggest, but Bear was only 1/2  inch behind him and if we were judging by weight she would have the honor of the biggest.

On way home we enjoyed views of the “super-moon” as it rose over the city and after we had unpacked the car we had a wonderful display of the power of God in a thunder and lightning storm, complete with large hail. (The insurance adjuster is looking at our roof now.)

Having fun together was just what I needed. Working hard at finishing our school despite all the interruptions lately and it was wearing on me. I am thanking God for a time away as a family to enjoy the beauty of springtime in the Rockies.

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  1. Rosie P:otter permalink
    May 8, 2012 10:49 pm

    Good for you! An excellent celebration for the ending of the school year!

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