Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Stealing A Fishing Trip

As we drove North along the Mississippi on the Wisconsin side, I recalled the morning Beau and I made the same drive on our way to Alamakee County to hunt grouse. 

 In a Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold, October is the hunting season for the rough grouse.  In his essay Leopold says: The sweetest hunts are those that are stolen by going to a place so deep in the wilderness where nobody has been or by stealing a hunt right under someone's nose.

  The more I think about that line the more i believe that's how I feel about trout fishing.

 I enjoy stealing a fishing trip, being alone along a trout stream, catching a trout on a stream that no one fishes anymore or out fishing a buddy.


Friday, March 10, 2017


 Friday Fun Day!  We drove up the Wisconsin side through La Cross on our way to Decorah this morning.
 We stopped to check out the arch along Trout Run trail. 
 Trout Run trail makes an11 mile loop that takes you literally thru the farm fields, past a trout stream, past the famous Decorah Eagle's Nest and the Fish hatchery and thru the flats of Downtown Decorah
 We stopped at the Seed Savers Exchange,Visitor Center and browsed through the building where there is an extensive number of heritage seeds.  I loved the post and beam construction and Susie loaded up on seeds for this years garden.
   Joel the coral director at school, grew up in the area recommended T-Bock's Sports Bar for a bite to eat. We had a great burger,  deep fried cheese curds from Waukon  and watch the Big Ten ball tournament.
 Back in Dubuque we checked out Mike and Leslie's new project The Convivium.
 We're really looking forward to checking in on the progress and the new coffee shop.
Of course we hit the Tap House for a couple beers.  Susie had Double Dry Hopped Pseudo Sue and I had a King Sue.  Note to Self:  Drink at the tap house but buy any to go beers down the road at the Co-op in order to avoid the $3.00 per four pack mark up.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Biking to the Bush

 I biked down to the Sugar Bush Sunday.
 The field was dry and Maxine enjoyed the faster pace.
 OK, that's a nice looking batch of syrup.
 Susie and her helpers keep plugging away on yard projects.  We got the dog run cleaned up so we can check that one off the list.
 The forecast is calling for a front to pass through the area tonight so I wanted to hit the stream this evening before the streams get too muddy 
This nice rainbow came out from under a rock to nail this little jig.  It must have in the stream for quite some time to put on that kind of winter weight.