Thursday, June 23, 2016

He Thinks We're Just Fishin'

Well, summer hit with a bang here in Southern California where I live.  We had triple digits Friday through Tuesday!  On Saturday it was 106 or so, and on Sunday we about 110, and on Monday it was 114!!!!!!  Ghastly!!!!  We packed up a cooler and headed up the hill to the lake on Saturday morning, to escape the heat.  What a great decision!!!  Our grandson Noah, and his Daddy asked if they could join us to beat the awful heat too.  We said, come on up!  They stepped out of the car only moments after we arrived at the marina.  Noah loves to drive the boat with Geeps.  His latest obsession though, is the fish finder!  He is just fascinated with watching that thing, to see where the best place is, to wet his line!
On our way to the dam, he was doing a little front end boat surfing!  I got the cutest video of him on my phone.

As crowded as it was, we were lucky, and were able to clip onto a mooring at the dam.  We bobbed and fished, most of the day here. 
Usually in fishing, there is a lot of waiting.  I hoped for Noah to get lucky and catch a fish that day.  And it wasn't but a short while, before his pole went "bendo" as they say!
He reeled in a big one!  And to add to the excitement, all of the boats around us were watching and clapping, and cheering him on!  It was very fun to watch!!
But once the flopping fish was pulled on board, he didn't want to get anywhere near it!!  At least, he didn't want to hold it!!!

 Oh how I love the look on his face in the shot below!!!  Sheer joy, and fear of that fish slapping his arm again!!
Fishing makes you hungry, so Mark barbequed some hot dogs on the grill and we had a little lunch.
 Gramma always packs lots of goodies.  You can see I didn't forget the "vitamins" either!!

You have to take a little snooze after a big meal, and get ready for another round of fishing.
He was raring to go after a little shut eye, and he checked the fish finder to see where to toss his line.
Turns out he had just the right spot too, because a short while later, he was reeling in a whopper!!
This one was huge!!!  Another keeper, for sure!  He stood a safe distance away for the photo.  Such pride on his face. 
He spent the entire rest of the day, checking on them in the holding tank.  We continued to fish, nap, knit, snack, and enjoy the day.  There was a pirate ship!
Some good snacks, and sock knitting.
Cliff diving.
Noah said he wanted to do that.  We said, how about, not today!!  I loved this sequence of photos I took of Noah and his Dad!

They didn't know I was on the back of the boat shooting these.  I am pretty sure they were discussing the days catch!
At around 5:30 or so, we got a call that my son Drew and his girlfriend Christine were on their way up.
We went back to the marina to pick them up, and headed back out for a lake cruise.  We stopped off at our friends, Mike and Lee's place for a little visit.
The guys were all trolling...
About 5 minutes in, Drew had a hook up!   "GET THE NET!!!!"
It was another lunker!
I loved this shot of the fellas.

We went to the other end of the lake and saw some parasailers.
 And I got a good shot of the observatory. 
You can see the dark grey marks on the bottom of the white structure.  That is where the water is usually at. 
The sun was beginning to set, revealing my favorite time to be on the water.  The Jimmy Buffet tune, "Stars On The Water" always comes to mind. 

I caught the above photo at the precise moment the sun slipped behind the mountain.  The colored orb you see in the middle of photo is a mystery. 
We cruised into Metcalf Bay, taking our time, enjoying every last sliver of daylight left.
I sat on the back of the boat, wrapped in a blanket, camera in hand, observing it all.  I was about to burst I was so happy.  Just being there.  Having had such a stellar day, with these people I love.  Wishing only that the rest of my family had been there too.  I witnessed Noah and his Uncle Drew having quite the animated conversation!  About what, I do not know?  Whose fish was bigger perhaps?

As we entered Metcalf Bay, the colors of the night sky were a gorgeous painting of pinks and greys.
We witnessed a flock of Pelicans flying overhead in formation. 

Yes, it was a perfect day!  We off loaded our gear, and covered up the boat, saying goodbye, until next time, which will most likely be this weekend.  I leave you with my two favorite shots of the day.  I will have to have these blown up for my daughter Erika, Noah's Mom. 

Be still my heart!!!!
Til next time........
XO Kris


Teresa Kasner said...

Wow.. what a perfect day! I adored seeing how much Noah's dad loves him. I'm so glad you have that boat and can cool off up there. I also have had those moments of pure joy.. it's what life is all about. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Betsy said...

I smiled and smiled and smiled as I read this and looked at the pictures. The absolute LOVE you all have for each other is so apparent. Those photos of Noah and his Dad are is this time you have together. Your lake looks much like ours, only much bigger. Love your sock too. I tried magic loop this afternoon after our email. I figured it out, but the pattern on the monkey socks drove me batty with it so I went back to DPN's to finish this pair. I WILL try again though. Stay cool!

Kelli said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful'day! Great pictures. Noah sure is a handsome little guy!

corners of my life said...

It is always so fun when you are able to capture photos showing "Sheer Joy".

Bethany said...

What great photos! I'd be the same about the fish, lol--"I caught it, now you touch it!"

Deb~in~Denver said...

What a perfect day! Thanks for sharing your pictures, so much JOY in those faces! I'm SO happy for you!


Sinta Renee said...

Any day boating is a good day... but your photos show that these are what memories are made of! I love the joy I see on the faces! And the last photo is so sweet. The start of a good summer!!!

Jill said...

I just love this post Kris! Noah looks so very happy and you took amazing photos capturing emotions, love and beauty all around! Quite a few frameable ones for sure! Have a wonderful weekend!


Mereknits said...

You are just the best family ever, and Noah is adorable, don't tell him I said that he will not like that at all.
Thank you for sharing with us Kris,

Gracie Saylor said...

This has to be one of my favorites of your posts, Kris. I am smiling at you as I type :) I loved the excitement of the catches and the shared love and fun and adventure...even a pirate ship! Then throw in the natural beauty, and sock knitting, grilled hot dogs while afloat, and your time sounded perfect indeed! The day we moved from Sonoma, CA, to Crescent City, CA, ten years ago it was 114 degrees in Sonoma. Brutal. We soaked dish towels in water and draped them around our necks and survived.... Hope you get to the lake this weekend, too! xxxxxxxx

Debbie said...

This truly does sound like the perfect day. LOVE the pics of Noah and his dad. Soo good. It's been so long since I've been to Big Bear. Having grown up at that lake practically every weekend though, some of my best memories are there. Enjoy your weekend!

Lynne said...

You're so lucky to be able to take the boat out on the water and get away from the heat. What a great day, and some great memories were made too!

Linda said...

Love this! Family times are THE best...
Enjoy your week ahead Kris!
Cheer So!
Linda :o)

DaCraftyLady said...

Looks like a wonderful time. We are leaving Wednesday to go the hill to our place. Can't wait staying for 8 days this time. Wow those fish were really big.... great photos and a fun famiy day for you and some knitting too.. :)

Leslie said...

This post is so perfect!!! I love all of the photos, It looked like an amazing day on the water! Would you believe that we have not been out on our boat yet this summer... well today, but it almost doesn't count since the boat throttle broke and we had to come right back in to shore.
Hope that you are having a great summer!!!!! love seeing your creations on instagram. thank god for that.. since I am a crappy blogger. hahaha

Karen L. Bates said...

What a wonderful family day!! Glad Noah did so well, what a happy day for him. Glad to be back to see how you are all doing. Glad the temps are back to normal.