Roy and I decided to take advantage of one of the benefits of working at Northern Lights Resort. That being able to use of one the resort’s boats for free! We chose the 60 hp Crestliner. All of our previous fishing experience has been in the Gulf of Mexico or Lake Ponchatrain or our own little fishing pond on Hinson Road. There are huge rocks in the lakes up here that make navigating a little interesting to say the least. We had none of that to deal with in the Louisiana waters. While you can drive the boats up here at full speed some you have to be always aware of rock dangers which kept me a little on edge. We went out a ways to some small islands and fished around them. Roy caught two fish, a Northern Pike and a small mouthed bass. I brought my kindle and finished up a really good book I’ve been reading and worked on my sun tan. I’m tanner now than I can remember in years. It’s so much cooler up here that it’s a pleasure to stay out in the sun so you tan easier. It was 75 degrees at 1 pm today which is perfect in my book! We filled up the boat with gas when we returned and had only used .727 gallon so you can tell we didn’t go way far away but it was a nice few hours in the sun getting to enjoy God’s beautiful country up here. Roy didn’t feel like cleaning his fish so he released them. Before we left to go fishing we set out two big Northern’s to defrost from the freezer. We enjoyed them and french fries when we returned home after fishing. Kinda, sorta, a little like, maybe like eating our fresh caught fish. Well they were delicious anyway.
I’m working on a 3D Butterfly puzzle right now in our downtime. We’re heading to International Falls in a little bit to do some shopping and catch a movie. A new author I’ve discovered is John Gilstrap. The first books I read of his were the Jonathan Graves Thrillers. I’d think these are books any guy would love but I found them fascinating and kept ordering them for my Kindle once each one was read. The Jonathan Graves Thrillers are about a privately owned Hostage Rescue Team with connections to the FBI Director and a brilliant computer operator. They handle rescues that the government wouldn’t be able to because of rules and such governing their actions. Each one is different and fascinating! Gilstrap has other books I’ve read that are not part of that series and are fascinating also.
My retirement checks have finally started to come in, tiny as they are. Beware Louisiana Retirees, if it seems to be taking a long time to get your retirement checks call and check on it. I waited almost 4 months and it was only when I called did they catch a problem with my checks not being released. They were very apologetic and made it okay quickly but I got the feeling if I had not called LASERS I would have continued to not get paid.
We now have 47 followers to our blog who get emails when something new is posted. The blog has had as many as 167 views in one day and as little as 5 in another day! It’s been enjoyable writing about our adventures and recently I started reading from the beginning of our adventures (all 98 posts). I’m glad I did this because it’s been comforting to read the progress we’ve made and experience again the things we’ve done along the way. We don’t plan to do to many other things during our time up here in Minnesota but our time driving back down south should be interesting and make for lots of blog posts! We’re starting to lay out a driving map of where we want to go when we leave here and are open for suggestions of what to see along the way. The plan right now is to go down into Iowa, then Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama and not sure from there. We have plans to tour the Winnebago and Fleetwood RV manufacturing plants in Iowa and Indiana but that’s all that’s definite so far. We do plan to stay a while in each state but want to be near Louisiana for Thanksgiving and Christmas. That gives us almost 2 months for traveling which should be fine.
Our work week kicks into gear big time tomorrow when most of ya’lls weekend is starting! Ya’ll enjoy your weekend, and come back now, ya hear!!