Thursday, July 13, 2017

Here we are into week five already!  This continues to be a very very strange year, when it comes to the weather!  Thunderstorms, strong winds, and cold days.  Most people here in NY state are complaining about the hot, muggy weather, while here in the North Country we are wearing our sweaters, sweat shirts or long pants almost every day!

Last Friday night (actually, very early Saturday morning) we experienced one of the worst Thunderstorms.  Living in Florida we see a lot of them,  but this way by far, even worse.

Here are a few pictures of what it looked like outside our cabin door!!!

Actually this one IS just outside the door!


That is our cabin at the top of the hill!


Bottom of the waterfall where it empties into the lake. 


As I said before, the weather has really put a "hurtin" on the fishing.  Most everyone here at the lake is experiencing the same thing; saying that by far, this is one of the worst years for weather AND fishing!
We'll go a couple of days in a row not being able to fish, and when we do get out we MIGHT get lucky!    Rich did catch onto another nice Northern Pike earlier this week.

Fish count to date: ONLY 234!  Rich 113, Donna, 124!

Shell Cracker (Red Ear).......... Nothing like the ones we catch at home in Lake June!!

And - just have to share one of the morning sunrises.......


Yesterday, my friend Gloria ( she and Roger come here every year over near Hornell, NY)  we went over and toured the Hammond Historical Musuem, and enjoyed the weekly Artisan and Farmer's Market.....

Stopped at this booth to pick up some locally made Maple Syrup!


Both of us took home goodies from this booth.  I took Rich some homemade donuts and a small loaf of banana bread.


These rings were very very nice....... and I think I just might go back next Wednesday and get me one (or two!).  Gloria DID take home two for herself!


And here is Gloria - as we head to tour the Stone House.


This area of NY is well know for it's Stone Houses......This one is made from stone from an original Stone house.  We had a great personal guide - who shared some of the history of the area.  Very very interesting.


Barn quilts are very popular also in this area......  You see various shapes, designs etc.  on many as you travel the area.


And, of course, I found this quite interesting, as Rich is of Scottish heritage...the Scotland Highlands............and the Scottish Immigrants were well known for the design and building of the many Stone Houses in the area.


One of the rooms inside the stone house.

 
Another popular item from that era....the HORSEHAIR sofa!


Lots of neat stuff in the barn........


And we enjoyed watching the "blacksmith"!!


Today the winds are supposed to be 10-12 miles per hour. But if they are correct we MIGHT be able to get out after 6:00 tonight.  Tomorrow's forecast is for more Thunderstorms!

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Cold, Wind, Rain.............just a few fish!

The last time I updated this was the 26th of June....Between the 25th and the end of the month of June we saw day after day of high winds, rain showers, thunderstorms, and pretty darn cold weather!  Temps on some days reached the 60's and 70's but some of the nights were down in the 50's.  The dampness seemed to make it feel that much colder.   During that time we got out to fish just twice; once on the 27th (maybe 1 1/2 hours before the storm clouds arrived), and then again on the 30th.

On the 30th we pulled in 20 fish, mostly crappie, but Rich did get a baby catfish about 13 or 14 inches.

The calm before the storm.............

Made it back to the camp before the storms began:


Very heavy winds late in the afternoon........dark enough to turn on the lights. After a short while you could not even see the islands in the background.


Rich and the baby catfish!

 
July has started out much much better!   Fireworks have been going off over the lake most every night.........Last night they set them off "big time"  after boyfriend proposed to granddaughter of friends staying in cabin 8.  And she said YES!!

We even cooked out our chicken kabobs one night!  And the little Amish lady who was selling fresh strawberries brought Rich 2 delicious loaves of homemade bread!!!



The month of July has also been much better for fishing!  On the 1st we only caught a couple of fish, but Rich did get another real nice Northern Pike.   Another day of threatening storms brought us in early.  The 2nd - we caught 28 crappies/perch between 7:00 and 8:00 pm!  With 18 keepers!  And on the 3rd we had another pretty good day with 17 fish.

Threatening rain.....


Fishing behind Tin Island...........rain still threatening!


Everyone heading back to shore.


And here's Rich with the Northern Pike!   Nice......


Today is the 4th.......... 
We headed into Ogdensburg today to pick up a few things at the store and stopped at a little family restaurant DK Family restaurant.  Used to be a Donut King.  Rich had the BIGGEST mushroom burger I've ever seen with homemade fries, and I had a patty melt.  Delicious!  And reasonable prices (for NY State)

Nice day, but not for drift fishing.  So Rich is out on the lake by himself today.......... Hope he does well.