Monday, June 29, 2009

Summertime in Minnesota

I love the month of June. It is the best time of the year for fishing in Minnesota. The first week in June is when I spend a week fishing with my brother on Pelican lake at my Breezy Point time share and take a side trip to his place to do more fishing on Cooper lake near Longville. The fishing was not fast and furious this year, but we caught plenty of fish so we could have 2 meals of fish during the week and take home a meal or 2 of fish to fry later. Mid June I took my neighbor, Denis, fishing on Rush lake north of Cambridge. The lake was weedier than I have ever seen it in the past 30 years. We were able to find the bluegills in shallow water where the weeds weren't too thick. We kept about 2 dozen altogether and considered it a pretty good outing. Two days later I took my grandson, Chris, and his girlfriend, Leah, to the same lake and we also had a lot of fun catching bluegills in Rush lake. We only kept about a dozen because the kids weren't interested in taking any fish home to eat.

I saw my first fawns of the year about the middle of June. I first noticed the doe near the back of my property by the swamp and soon the two very active fawns followed her as she slowly wandered off to my neighbors yard. I also saw a wild turkey in the front yard a few days later. I wouldn't have noticed it, but our dog happend to look out the living room window and started barking at it. It must have heard the dog, because it didn't stop moving until it got into the woods in my neighbor's yard.

This is the first year I actually played guitar outside. My friend Dave and his wife Betty came up to my friend Dan's place and we set up outside in front of Dan's apartment building and played for 2 or 3 hours. Then yesterday I went to a jam session at the Lion's park in Lindstrom, MN, about 25 miles from home. It was really windy, but that didn't have much impact on our playing and singing. There were 8 or 9 guys there, and we drew a crowd of 15 to 20 people including wives and friends of some of the participants.