My son, Steve and I headed for the Boundary Waters of Northern Minnesota last week. In search of fish and some solitude. The solitude we found. The fish story later.
While we weren’t looking for it, we found fall—lurking just over the border in Canada. We were but a couple miles from our neighbor to the north and it sent a biting northwest wind south that dropped nighttime temps into the low 30s with little warming during the day. The birch trees turned more yellow each day we were there. The loons seemed a bit anxious, no doubt making preparations for their long migration south. Fall was clearly in the air.
And the fish? Well, we always bet about which of us is more successful fishing. Whoever is buys breakfast for the other guy in Grand Marais on the day we come out.
This year Steve won. He caught the first fish, the largest fish, and the most fish. He also caught the only fish, which was a small mouth bass about 15 inches long.
I enjoyed the solitude—and the beginnings of fall. Please don’t ask about the big ones I brought up to the canoe but didn’t land.
THE OLD TIMER SAYS: Fishing is always good; sometimes the catching less so.
CHECK THIS OUT: CRANBERRY RED book launches:
--Barns and Noble Madison West, September 21, 7:00 p.m.
--Patterson Memorial Library, Wild Rose, Sunday October 24, 1:00 p.m.
Learn all about cranberry growing, county agent work, and what happens when research goes amuck. UW Press is the publisher of this, my fourth novel, in the Ames County series.
Saturday, October 30. There is still room in my day-long workshop. Contact: The Clearing Folk School www.theclearing.org P.O. Box 65 | 12171 Garrett Bay Road | Ellison Bay, Wisconsin 54210 Toll Free: 877.854.3225 | firstname.lastname@example.org Monday - Friday 8-4
September 13, 10:00 a.m., Attic Angels Retirement Center, Madison. Horse Drawn Days.
September 14, noon, Waupaca Library, Waupaca, WI. Ames County Novels.
September 18-19, Creekside Books, Cedarburg, WI. Barns and Horse Drawn Days.
September 21, 7:00 p.m., Barnes and Noble West, Madison, Launch of Cranberry Red.
September 24, 3:30 p.m. Robert Gard Story Tellers Circle dedication, Muir Knoll, UW-Madison Campus.
September 25, 5:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. Barn Dance and Harvest Celebration, Saxon Homestead Farm, 15621 South Union Road, Cleveland, WI. Sponsor: Council of Rural Initiatives. Before the dance, presentation BARNS OF WISCONSIN.
September 29, 7:00 p.m. Wisconsin Book Festival. Quivey’s Grove (between Madison and Verona). Barns of Wisconsin and Cranberry Red.
October 1-2, Midwest Booksellers, St. Paul. Barns of Wisconsin, Cranberry Red
October 7, 7:00 p.m. Next Chapter Bookstore, Mequon. Horse Drawn Days