Monday, July 23, 2012

Minocqua Vacation 2012: Dockside Fishing

Over the last couple of years, the kids have finally gotten old enough to enjoy venturing down to The Beacons' boathouse for some dock side fishing.  Granted, with their kiddie poles and night crawlers, blue gills are the biggest fish they will ever catch, but regardless, they have a blast. 

Ben found that they had the most success fishing after 7 pm.  After that point in time, he could barely keep up with the kids' demands for more worms (apparently there was a lot of fish-feeding going on) and releasing their lucky catches.  Although I went along a few times, I was not yet about to touch the slimy worms or fish. 

I did, however, help Olivia hook her first fish...which also just so happened to be the smallest fish Ben said he had ever seen caught!  Score!

Since there weren't enough fishing poles to go around, Olivia and I took snack breaks by the water while waiting to borrow a pole.

And that brings me to the end of the Minocqua pictures for 2012!  Until next year...and yes, the dates are already on the calendar :) 

Minocqua Vacation 2012: Fun on the Water

One of the BEST things about Minocqua is its lakes.  The small town of Minocqua is positioned on Lake Minocqua which is just one of several lakes in a chain of lakes that is connected by channels that can be navigated by boat. 

We enjoy exploring all the different lakes, oftentimes packing picnic lunches and taking time out to swim, explore the lakeshore, and tube.  Being on the water is fabulous...especially when the sun is shining and the air is warm. 

This year we even rented a pontoon boat to take over to one of the larger lakes:  Lake Tomahawk.  Grandpa's boat is exceptional, but it wasn't quite large enough to hold a dozen people.  Although we experienced a little thunderstorm after arriving at Lake Tomahawk (and, yes, all the youngins' bailed--opting for a short drive back to the cabin through the rain--leaving the grandparents to navigate the pontoon back...where it is rumored they may have stopped at another dockside restaurant for *gasp* DESSERT and COFFEE without apparently there are some advantages to getting old...), we still enjoyed our time on the pontoon and the picnic lunch that followed. 

Boat days, in my opinion, are always some the very best days spent on vacation.

Getting ready to board Grandpa's boat

Allie insisted upon building a frog-trap for the three frogs we found and Ben caught