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Lake Fever - TR

Post by peetso » Mon Jun 15, 2015 12:08 pm


Warm sleeping bag. Cold morning air. The grass heavy with dew. The sky bright with promise. Birds chirp. The temptation to sleep battles the temptation to fish. A full bladder settles the issue.

The world and I wipe the sleep from our eyes. Instant coffee and aged whiskey. Bacon, eggs, fried potatoes. Morning small talk.

The water flat as glass. We push off. The engine sputters and whines. The stillness broken. Hand on tiller. Throttle opens up and the cool air washes away the scent of last night’s campfire. The little boat skitters along the surface. Destination known.

There will be fish. There will be fish.

Winds pick up. Shore lunch. Afternoon nap.


The sun fades. Wind wanes. Orange hues gather. The boat heavy with the smell of fish and sweat. Gear and empties strewn about. We head for the dock. Big smiles. Hearty laughter.

Kindling crackles. Cold beers are cracked. The days great triumphs and bitter defeats recounted. The fire slowly subsides. So does the chatter. Until all that’s left is the contemplation of coals.

One last look at the infinite twilight of northern summer.

Deep sleep and pike dreams.

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Post by CarpeTructa » Mon Jun 15, 2015 12:12 pm

Very nice. Almost makes me want to leave the west. :cool
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Post by Average Joe » Mon Jun 15, 2015 12:33 pm

Excellent photos and prose, as always.

Made it seem as though I was right there with you.


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Post by marlo » Mon Jun 15, 2015 12:36 pm

this is the type of shit i come here for. (and a reminder i should step my game up)

thanks peetso
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Post by The Wandering Blues » Mon Jun 15, 2015 12:44 pm

[report]Kindling crackles. Cold beers are cracked. The days great triumphs and bitter defeats recounted. The fire slowly subsides. So does the chatter. Until all that’s left is the contemplation of coals.[/report]

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Post by johnbmadwis » Mon Jun 15, 2015 1:15 pm

Man, that was great. Really great.

BTW, the Tragically Hip song Courage was covered beautifully in Atom Egoyan's haunting movie The Sweet Hereafter. Give it a listen, give it a watch. Lot's of Cannuck stuff.

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Post by Ruddy Duck » Mon Jun 15, 2015 1:27 pm

Top shelf.

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Post by LA Fly Guy » Mon Jun 15, 2015 1:50 pm

Awesome :smile
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Post by K_P » Mon Jun 15, 2015 2:13 pm

I love contemplating coals.



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Post by Ephemeral » Mon Jun 15, 2015 2:14 pm

That. Was. Awesome.
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Post by Redchaser » Mon Jun 15, 2015 2:23 pm

Lots of great stuff getting posted today. Pisses me off that I haven't done anything worth writing about lately. Great stuff Peetso, I always enjoy your writing. When are you putting something else in the magazine?
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