“When making your choice in life, do not neglect to live.”
I am pleased to say that we have perfected the fine art of dropping everything and going fishing. The boarding dogs went home last night, the sun was shining and there were a million little projects and chores to do. However, keeping true to our commitment to be spontaneous we dropped everything, put the boat in the back of the truck and headed off to the lake. We chose the same lake that we ice fished the most during the winter. It is so close to home, just 15 minutes up the mountain road and we were ready to launch.
The beauty and serenity of the lake never ceases to calm me right to the very depth of my being, regardless of the season. But today, our first day back up there was beyond all expectations. The fresh greenness of the spring leaves on the deciduous trees, the warmth of the sun and the gentle lapping of the water against the sides of the boat were all but intoxicating. It did not really matter to me whether any fish were caught; the beauty of the lake, forest and mountains had worked a spell on me.
There were some fish biting, I caught one Rainbow Trout but it was a spawner…to soft and yucky so he went back into to the lake. The rest of them ( five) got off my hook just barely in sight of the boat, until the last turn around. We had set a time limit on ourselves of 3 hours and made our final pass along the east side of the lake when at last I managed to get one into the boat. It was a good-sized Kokanee…tonight’s dinner.
After two solid weeks of grooming dogs every day and having full kennels on the weekends, what a wonderful treat to get out on the water, wrapped in the arms of Mother Nature’s inexplicable beauty. Life is good. And, three cheers for spontaneity! Do something spontaneously good for yourself everyday…it does not have to be a big something…just a little something that gives you a sense of well being and inner peace. I like that idea.
Today’s “stone” Day 149 sunshine, fresh air, lake breezes in my hair, ahhhh