Daddy and Marty were ready to touch the snow, on Mt Hood--however Makala and Mom accidentally (wink-wink) had the wrong shoes on and decided we would explore and shop at the Timberline Inn... while the boys took the hike up the mountain just far enough to have a snowball fight.
Uncle Gordon has been on the cover of one Outdoor or Fisherman Magazine or another for the past 30-years! Clearly, fishing is NOT a genetic talent and my husbands big brother obviously didn't teach his younger brother much about his passion!
Marty has wanted to "go fishing" for the past 2-years! I have done my very best to help him expereince the fun of worms on the hook, gutting, and eating fish but... I always had my dad or brothers when I went fishing so all my efforts have been less than successful. I just want to have this parental obligation resolved and decided that whatever it would cost the Rainbow Trout Farm was going to solve everyones problem when it comes to Fishing! Uncle Gordon says he will be happy to have a tag along--one day--when the tag along is Not 6, or 7,8,9,and maybe not even 10...after he has had a few years of scouts and camped at least a few nights.
Makala caught her Trout, but not until after she had a tissy-fit about the fact I would not allow her to stand in the pond and scoop the Farm Trout up with a net that could catch a Dolphin! If you have ever gone to a Fish Farm then you understand that success is guaranteed and the price is by the inch! No Throw Back! One scoop and Makala would have caught $1,000 of trout!
This little guy only cost us $5.00!
Of course, I was planning on getting the 3 fish that cost a total of $15.75 home and cooking them up just like my dad used to do... but, apparently the children had been too traumatized by the expereince.
Marty was having the hardest time dealing with it after watching the "Grandma" who cleaned the fish for us, slap them and tell him she did that so they wouldn't know what was going to happen--then she gutted them and looked back at Marty and said, "Besides when I slap them they Mind better!"
I ended up finishing the cleaning process and putting the little guys in the Freezer for cooking when everyone has overcome this traumatic experience. We are either going to have one great Secret Recipe Trout this weekend or we have $15.75 worth of cat food....or just the cost of checking fishing off the list--I think the neighbors would love some Trout...