Last Thursday we were trying to decide what to do over the weekend. Clint loves fishing with live minnows at Tiber Reservoir so we were thinking we were going to head up there for the day on Saturday. But as I sat there thinking I realized that this might be a fun opportunity to take out the pop up tent trailer for an overnight trip. It wasn't supposed to be too windy and of course Clint was game, so we made the decision and left at noon on Friday. We also lucked out and Brock decided to endure the craziness and go with us!
Of course as soon as we pulled up and I had Dane dressed he was headed out to see what he could find. Brock wasn't far behind!
Kimber and I stayed and got the trailer set up while the boys started setting up tip-ups. The bite was on and immediately they started catching nice fish... Surprisingly the first fish that they landed was a trout. Tiber is interesting because there is a wide variety of fish to catch, walleye, trout, pike, perch, burbot, lake whitefish, and I'm sure there are others.
Here is Brock with the nice trout that he caught.
Daddy and Dane getting set up.
It was about 4:00 when we got there, so by the time we got set up and such it was dark. We did catch some nice walleye but I didn't get any pictures. After dinner I got the kids tucked in to watch a movie on the portable DVD player.
Okay, in all honesty I was NEVER going to have a portable DVD player and it would NEVER go camping with us... but there is something to be said for coming in from the ice, eating some dinner, and then letting the kids settle in and watch a movie while I get stuff put away and ready for bed. Clint and I even snuck out and checked the tipups once before bed and landed a nice walleye while the kids were happily engaged in Ice Age. (appropriate choice, I thought!)
For sleeping arrangements, Brock was great and let Dane sleep with him and Kimber slept with us. Kimber is so different then Dane was at this age. Dane didn't ever sleep with us because he would poke us, giggle, toss, turn, and pretty much keep both of us awake all night. Kimber cuddled up between us and slept the whole night, only stirring a time or two. Here she is with her cup, binky, and lovey getting ready to settle in.
The next day was a little windy, but we still had some fun. Here was a nice walleye that Brock landed. He was kind enough to let the little ones pose with him for the picture! Dane didn't really want to take a picture, he really just wanted to poke the fish, drag it around, help gut it, etc.
Kimber is getting better out there... She sure does like her Daddy and here she is following him around to check minnows on the tip ups.
Playing with some tractors on the ice.
Dane hauling around our catch.
Clint and Brock posing with our catch.
Family photo with all the fish. Brock is essentially family!
When we weren't at the tip-ups we went over to the other shore and looked around. The bank is made up of the neatest rock with the coolest formations. (I'm not sure what it is called, but it is cool.) In fact Clint and Brock found some cool clam and snail fossils.
On Saturday we didn't catch very many walleye, but the little "hammer handles" (tiny pike) were biting like crazy. Here is a whooper that I landed!
Dane has SO MUCH fun out there. Here is a picture of how dirty he was after the first day. But, I'm not really even sure it does him justice. He also loves to handle the fish and all of his clothes had a strong fish scent... even after I washed them at home. But, he doesn't care so I try to let him be and just have fun.
We stayed out until about 7:30 Saturday night hoping the walleye bite would heat up, but it never did. We headed out and got home about 10 pm. It was a great time and we can't wait until the next trip. Here are some pictures of the beautiful sunset and the unique landscape.