On Saturday, I stayed overnight with my three children in my fish house on Gull Lake.
It's something we've talked about numerous times, but until then, it just hadn't panned out. But what a perfect night to give it a whirl - it was the last weekend of the walleye season and the weather was mild.
Of course, we had to bring enough things so we didn't get bored. We had the 82 Yamaha Enticer snowmobile, a movie and a bonfire to cook our hot dogs and s'mores. We fished with some of our friends (the Pfaffs) until dark, and then it was just the four of us for the remainder of the night.
We caught some small perch and a couple of walleyes during "prime time," but I'm sure the snowmobile wasn't attracting a whole lot. The kids were way more into the snowmobile than the fishing, but thankfully, the headlight was burned out.
As the sun fell behind the trees and the air started to chill, we moved things inside. Everyone got a hot dog or two and a s'more or two. As we moved into the house, the movie had to be turned on, of course.
This was a nice, quiet time for me. The rattle reels were quiet and the stay-downs (tip-ups) weren't too active, either. After the movie, everyone started to fade pretty fast and the lights went out. They were pretty wiped out, so it didn't take too long to fall asleep.
I was tired, too, but of course, the two youngest had to have the top bunks, so I was up every time I heard a little rustling, thinking one might fall out of bed and onto the hard floor.
There was a party at Ernie's that night, too, and when it broke up, some of the cars headed across the lake, and you could hear the ice groaning. The only thing that didn't keep me awake was the rattle reels, which decided to start making noise at 7 a.m., and then everyone was up.
Then it was hot coco time. I dipped out some lake water and boiled it on a little Coleman burner (it was OK; we're still alive). Bananas, coco and graham crackers for breakfast and a piece of boiled crayfish (we had to play a little Survivor Gull Lake).
After breakfast it was back on the Enticer for the kids while I cleaned up camp. Fun trip, some good memories and a few fish.
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