Monthly Archives: May 2011

Memorial Day

“A holiday set aside by law in most states for honoring the U.S. soldiers and sailors who died in war.”

Let’s keep that in mind today and be thankfull for their sacrifice. It is the reason that we are able to enjoy that barbeque/camping trip/shade tree/fishing trip/etc in FREEDOM.

If you know or meet a VET, please thank them for their service. They were fully prepared to make that ultimate sacrifice themselves, and gave more than we can ever know.

And a special prayer to those who never came back….


On the Beer Stump

I have been wanting to get this category started for quite a while. This is where I will post pics, short reviews, and links when available, of the many different beers I try. The actual “Stump” is just outside the Chicken Ranch Bar.  On occasion we will be “on location”. I will post the ones from this past winter and spring in no particular order tossing in current tastings as they happen.

The reviews may not be typical “good mouth-feel, nutty aroma” type but if you read a few you will understand my taste and can compare to your own. I have tried over 500 so far. Might help guide you to a beer you will enjoy or avert a unsatisying purchase.

Quote for Torsdag

How many tied-up slaves, rich and poor,

would not envy us our life now?

Harald Hamran

From the log of the Trade Wind, the 25-foot sailboat built and sailed by he and his brother Hans from Kristiansand Norway to America in 1933. Never before had anyone sought to cross the Atlantic in a boat that small. They followed the Trade Winds from the Canary Islands to the West Indies, on to Florida, and New York City. From there they were towed to Buffalo, shipped to Milwaukee, and sailed to Chicago where they were welcomed and attended the 1933 Worlds Fair. They navigated using only a compass, charts, and the North Star. 

His attitude as they battled a deadly storm in the dreaded Bay of Biscay; “Our chances are slim, but no matter. It’s great to take chances when all things are against one.”


Trout Season 2011

Opening Day of Trout Season this year was a beautiful morning. Cool as usual though much nicer than some years. I remember one when Cody and I had to de-ice our eyelets to be able to reel-in. This years line-up included grandson Dreaven as his first trout fishing trip which made it extra special. Josh, Cody, Jason, Chris and myself made up the rest. 

There were fewer competing fishermen than recent years, possible due to high gas prices as most come from Illinois and Milwaukee area. Also I feel last years record number of fishermen and increasingly small average size of trout in the area had an effect. 12″-13″ was the average not long ago. Now a foot long trout seemed like a nice one and there were too many 8″. We don’t like to catch the small ones as the mortality rate of catch and release trout is so high. When we get a few in one spot we just move on. The large fish prize this year went to Jason w/ a 13.5″ catch. Used to be 16″-18″ and Cody got it one year w/ a 24″ beautiful Rainbow.

I think everyone ended up getting their limit of 5 coming from combined streams as most streams have a 3 per limit.

Here we are in our traditional opening spot. Chris and Jason head further down stream for opening;

Had to throw in a picture of Cody’s Sucker;

One of Josh’s catch;

Jason’s big trout of the day;

Chris after loosing a nice one. Had it on the bank and did a cat-n-mouse chase along the edge before it bid him farwell. Wish I had a video of it;

All in all a great opening day. We found breakfast at Bunnies Bar in Boaz and it was excellent. Basic eggs, toast, bacon and coffee but as good as it gets when your cold and hungry. The bacon was thin, crispy, and kept coming till we were stuffed. Dreaven even charmed the barmaid into making him french toast and a mini mug of rootbeer w/ many free refills.


Quote for Torsdag

Don’t dream your life,

Live your dream.

Bob Bitchin