Posts Tagged ‘cold’

Why Go Ice Fishing?

March 3, 2010

A couple of weeks ago I took our Royal Ranger group ice fishing.  It was the first time in a long time that I had gone out myself.  I thought that it would be a good activity to introduce our rangers to, since we are supposed to give them a variety of activities in which to participate. 

We caught one, teeny, tiny, little fish, which we looked at briefly, and tossed back into the water.

The next week, I went out with a couple of guys and tried my luck at a different spot. 

I, again, caught nothing.  They caught a fair number..of teeny, tiny little fish, that were tossed back into the water.

The other night, another guy asked me about going out again, at yet a different lake.  I am wondering if I will be able to fit it into my schedule.

Why go ice fishing?

First, it’s great to be outdoors, even in the cold, on the ice.  There is something about being out on a lake in winter that will take your breath away.

Oh wait, maybe that’s just the cold! 

 No, there is a stillness that is just different from other things.  It must be experienced to be appreciated, and not everyone will appreciate it.

Secondly, there is the camaraderie of a shared activity.  The old, hunting, gathering, er..fishing, thing.  There is not a lot to do while you wait for a bite, so you talk about this and that.

Third, it is about hope.  Hope that down there in the dark waters, there is a fish that is going to take your bait, so that you can have the thrill of pulling the fish out of the water, a successful catch! 

Even if it is teeny, tiny.

When the thrill is gone, or the hope has died, it is time to go home.

Until the next time.

Winter

October 27, 2008

Tonight it is supposed to get down into the twenties.

I am not ready for winter to be here, but ready or not it is on the way. 

I am originally from Minnesota so you think that I would be used to the cold and the snow. 

I have experienced it…. I don’t like it. 

I do like the seasons,  I like the change, the contrast.  There are even some things that I like about snow and cold.  For example, there is something about the feel of the air on a bitter cold, starlit night… also,  I do enjoy sledding, even at my age.  (I have to organize an outing for the Rangers, or the youth, since it looks odd for a middle age man to go sledding by himself.) 

 I guess that winter is coming.  There is nothing I can do about it, so I might as well figure out how to enjoy it.