"The solution to any problem -- work, love, money, whatever -- is to go fishing, and the worse the problem, the longer the trip should be." --John Gierach
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
5/22 - 5/25 Memorial Day Weekend...Family Camping Trip
Last week was a whirlwind and I think my heads just now beginning to stop spinning from all of the action. After getting home from my Driftless trip late Saturday night I spent the next three days trying to catch up ,both at home and work, before heading out of town with the wife for a few days of camping down in Southern Missouri. You know it's hectic when the pile from the last trip is still sitting in the garage untouched and it's already time to pack it back up again!
Wednesday morning (I use the term morning loosely , you know how most women are) the wife , Joe and I hopped in the truck and headed South for a few days of R&R at one of my favorite campgrounds. The plan was to kick back and relax for four days and three nights , hopefully beating the holiday crowds by arriving on Wednesday and leaving Saturday.
We spent some time hiking a few trails in the area and (of course) I made time for a few hours of wet wading in the local streams to play around with a few small wild trout.
When we weren't off traipsing through the hills or standing shin deep in cool flowing waters we simply enjoyed sitting around and taking it easy. Knowing that I'd be spending more time than usual in camp I packed along the cast iron cookware so I could try out a couple of new recipes. If you're going to spend time sitting around with a beer in your hand there's no better way to do it than with a good fire and a couple of dutch ovens full of goodness in my opinion.
We spent the first two nights being one of only two groups in the the entire campground which was just what we had hoped for. Friday night the crowds started showing up but even then it was a pretty peaceful evening , one of my pre-requisites was that we would NOT camp anywhere that was frequented by canoers. Some of my worst nights camping have been on rivers where I had to put up with obnoxious drunk canoers for a weekend. Mother Nature cooperated nicely and we had beautiful weather the entire time , mid 70's for highs and nighttime lows in the upper 40's...perfect!
I'm pretty sure the whole family had a good time and we all enjoyed a few days with nothing on the agenda to do except enjoy each others company.
That's about it , more words won't add much to what I've already said so I'll just shut up and let a few pictures do the rest of the explaining. Nothing too exciting , but I hope you enjoy anyway....
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Mmmhmm that food looks delicious.ReplyDelete
Thanks...I have to say this is one time that it tasted as good as it looked!Delete
Nice looking stream and trout. Great looking food. Do you hire out as camp cook?ReplyDelete
Thanks Jim..It would be my pleasure to hang out on the shores of Trout Lake and play camp cook!Delete
Geez, I'm not sure what looked better the food or the fishin'.ReplyDelete
Thanks Kevin. It was a good weekend.Delete
It looks as if it all came together very well.ReplyDelete
Love that bend in the rod, not to mention the chicken.
Thanks Alan...Good food and good fishing , a pretty hard pair to beat.Delete
Good stuff Maynard! Looks like mission accomplished in beating the crowds.ReplyDelete
Yep , that mid-week plan payed off for sure. Ready for you and I to get out and do an overnighter somewhere.Delete
WOW! That's a nice looking chicken!!ReplyDelete
Are you cooking from very raw? or somewhat pre-cooked & warming-up? How long does that take you? If it doesn't take too long, I'd like to keep in my lunch menu during guide trips.
Thanks man. I cook everything from raw and the chicken and veggies take about two hours (depending on size of chicken). Probably too long for a lunch meal unless you could start it and then go back to fishing , just adding a few coals every so often.Delete
If my guide cooked that chicken for lunch with a peach upside down cake for dessert , I'm not sure I'd care about the afternoon fishing!
Another great post! Looks like a great trip. Camping, relaxing, fishing, and eating...can't ask for more!ReplyDelete
I can't wait to get down there. I know what you mean with those drunk canoers. My best friend and I float Thursday - Sunday. We like to beat the crowds down there and have a nice peaceful river to ourselves Thursday and Friday.
Thanks Justin...the summer crowds can be frustrating at times for sure. I can deal with fishing crowds to a degree , at least MOST fishermen are somewhat respectful. The drunken canoe crowd is a whole different story!!Delete
Nice post Jeff. I'm starting to really look forward to your trips as much as I do mine.ReplyDelete
Thanks Howard. Coming from someone who lives in the middle of flyfishing nirvana that means a lot!Delete
Couldn't agree with Howard more! Really enjoy your trips and living vicariously through you! The pictures were awesome and looked like an awesome trip! Jeff! I could smell the chicken! Nice fish! Tight lines!ReplyDelete
So glad you enjoyed it...Thank you for the kind words!Delete
LOVE your beautiful pup! and great food! yum!ReplyDelete
Thank you so much! Joe's my best friend and fishing partner , definitely a special one. Then again aren't they all!!Delete
I'm often accused of eating better while camping than when I'm at home!