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The Bark is Back…

The Huskies are taking on the Spoiled Chil’ren this Saturday…This matchup is personal…Get a ticket, come tailgate and bring champagne…

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…Go get em DAWGS…

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Happy Father’s day to all of you DADS that teach us everything important…

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Love ya old man…

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Rookie clamming…

In addition to finally getting out to go fishing, I also had my first clamming experience recently.  JJ did a whole post on clamming last year (https://scudmark.wordpress.com/2008/02/06/clambo/), and I have wanted to try it but I had never been until a couple weekends ago…I should have re-read the post before I left!!

We got up at the crack of dawn and drove out to the ocean, expecting to see lots of people.  It was active but not crazy busy like I had heard it would be. 

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It was a gorgeous day…

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And once we got started (and actually got the hang of it), it didn’t take long to catch our limit, just like JJ said…

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And we had a blast…in fact, we had so much fun, we are headed back this weekend.  Supposedly, things are opening up again for Friday and Saturday, so we’re going to try this again.  (Apparently, somebody didn’t get his fill of cleaning clams last time!)

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And this time, we might try fishing for surf perch too…they were killing them when we were there!

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It has been soooo busy that I only just found time to go fishing for the first time this season…last week!  And of course, it’s been so busy that I’m just now getting this thing posted…better late than never!!

I was sitting at work, crazy with spreadsheets, when my fishing sensei called (aka JJ, aka the Fish Whisperer). He had been fishing one of our favorite local lakes the night before and the fishing was HOT.  And that was all I needed to hear… (See his post https://scudmark.wordpress.com/2009/04/29/paging-doctor-spratley/)

Unfortunately, the temperature had dropped by about 10 degrees, so the fishing was more lukewarm than hot…but we definitely caught fish (it’s not so bad to catch 7 fish in a couple hours…). 

Based on the look on my face in this picture, that first fish took me by surprise…I was telling some story when it literally jumped out of the water, hooked on my line.  I’m not sure who was more surprised – the fish or me! 

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In fact, for the first time ever fishing with JJ, I actually caught the first fish…that’s one dolla sucka!!  Well, it was nice while it lasted anyway…

Too bad that luck didn’t exactly hold…although I did catch two more fish that night. 

And JJ?  He only had to sweat for about 5 minutes after I caught that first fish before he caught his first fish…followed very shortly by his second fish…and so on…until he finally broke the tie at 4 fish for him, and 3 fish for me.munkolake204-29-09200141

Like I said, it was the return of the Fish Whisperer.  Every time he said we would catch a fish, we did.

Not a bad start for my second fishing season!  Tons of fun and fish to be caught…

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Mush!

Before I hurt my knees, I had planned a ski trip to Sun Peaks, Canada with a group of friends. Since I’m not one to let a “little” detail like two busted up knees ruin my vacation, I signed myself up for a dog-sled ride instead.

My friends dropped me off…crutches and all. The guide (Brent) took one look at me and instantly went into all the reasons I should not go on the ride – – tipping sleds, bumpy trails, etc. – – he could not persuade me. Finally, he just said “Well, you signed the waiver!” And it was on…

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The first thing I saw when I got there was this open field with ~ 45 dogs. They were each chained to a pole next to a little wooden house. When they saw me, they started running around in circles around the poles, wearing down a path. It made me pause…the one thing I was not prepared for was that the animals would be treated badly.

But after 2 minutes talking to the people who work there and interacting with the dogs, it was easy to see they take very good care of their animals. Even though these dogs take this “job” very seriously, they’re still dogs and they were very happy…playing and rolling around in the snow!

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This place does two runs a day (two sleds with six dogs each) and the dogs are rotated through, so each dog typically only runs once a day. This little guy had already done his morning run, so he was just hanging out on top of his house!

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The approach at this place is very “hands-on” so the other people who were going in their own sled actually helped pull the dogs together and get them ready for the ride. I couldn’t exactly help, so I just stood around and took pictures most of the time.

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As soon as these dogs realized it was time to go for a ride, they went NUTS! 45 dogs barking and howling all at one time…that’s LOUD! (I have a little video of this happening and I will try to add it here…)

Anyways, since I couldn’t “mush” my own sled, I had to have a guide. They helped me into the sled, and away we went! The whole ride was probably about 45 minutes – uphill, downhill – too short but fun, very fun.

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And then we stopped and my guide took pictures for me…my dogs (front to back, left to right): Red Dog, CJ, Tim, Crunch, Rugar & Bush. They were pretty feisty and a few of them kept fighting at different points…

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This is a closer up of me bundled up in my sled. Bush is on the left and Rugar is on the right…

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I think this picture looks like we’re actually moving…because the dogs are all leaning forward, like they’re actually pulling. The only time they truly relaxed was when they brought out the beef popsicles for a snack…

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Anyways, I really enjoyed my dog-sledding adventure! I would recommend it to anyone…

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My broken birthday…

Happy Birthday to me!! My birthday fell on Friday the 13th this year, so I decided to do something special…

A few weeks ago, I had a “genius” idea to rent a Party Bus. Put your friends together on a bus, serve alcohol, play music, and dance your way from bar to bar…no one drinking and driving…and no one having to mess with parking in Seattle…actually, that IS genius!

At the beginning of the party bus adventure…not enough alcohol yet…clearly!

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Too bad about that whole “twist” I had to throw in for kicks and giggles…

All I will say about my “double knee injury” is that it sucks. I have to be on crutches for the next 3 weeks with the knee braces for the next 6-10 weeks…followed by a little surgery for my torn ACL. Doesn’t that sound like fun?? It’s not super exciting, but it could be worse (says the doctor…) so I just have to buck up.

As for the the party bus? I actually had people suggest that I cancel it. Ummm…they must not know me very well…

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Since wandering around on crutches for hours and drinking didn’t sound like a very smart idea for a girl who seems to be a little accident prone…I rented a wheelchair…MORE genius!

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People were very nice to me…making room for me…buying me drinks…letting me into the bars without my ID (since genius here left that at home!).

And although I did expect someone would tip me over…or that I would get stuck on some hill in Seattle and roll down and break my neck, the only wheelchair “incident” was someone else’s…this is what happens when you leave your friends with your wheelchair while you go to the bathroom.

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Hilarious!

All in all, it was a happy birthday to me! Good friends, good fun…a great night!

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The Man Cave…

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve tied some flies and I’m definitely behind for the ‘usual’ amount that I tie every year (the ‘little lady’ is crackin’ the whip and wedding planning stuff is killing me)…

Now I finally have an ‘excuse’ for the ‘little lady’ as I conveniently received a ‘fresh batch’ of pheasant tailwings in the mail from GFV…

-“See dear, I can’t go with you to meet another caterer or florist, I need to tie flies before these pheasant feathers go bad, I’m behind!” –She bought it (she knows I’m full of shit though)…

So, down to the ‘Man Cave’ I go!

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Yep, “The Man Cave.”  The ‘room’ in the house (basement for me) that a guy can make a mess, drink fine swill, crank Country and Rock n’Roll music, watch sports, tie flies and act like a jackass with his buddies…The only thing I’m missing is a foosball table…

Fellas, if you’ve been married for more than two minutes and tie flies you know about the mess and the smell of tying material, i.e, rotting capes etc.—Women DO NOT like this–at all…So, we get our own ‘special area’ in the house for these things…It’s a win-win if you ask me!

Every guy deserves a ‘man cave’ (the garage doesn’t count) that they can decorate any way they prefer…Sports stuff, fishing stuff, models in bikinis, etc…Afterall ladies, you GET the rest of the house to decorate…It’s only fair, I’m just sayin’…

The pictures here are “The View from my Bench” (where I tie flies)…The boys over at Buster Wants To Fish inspired this…They’ve been asking their fellow readers to mail in pictures of their fly-tying ‘bench’ and then posting them…Mine isn’t nearly as impressive as some of the ones that I’ve seen–Wow…

-I can’t say that I have a specific ‘bench’ for tying flies…I’ve always had my fly-tying stuff in ‘cases’ and ‘boxes’ that I can conveniently set-up wherever. You might notice a couple of large boxes on the bench in the pictures—-my ‘fly stuff’ boxes. I built them out of scrap poplar many, many years ago and they ended up weighing about 50 pounds each (ha)…They look kinda cool though…

Regardless, having the whole basement (man cave) to myself and being a guy rules…

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