This will be a common scene on this lake as some of us will be pulling in walleye in 3 weeks at fishing camp in northern Minnesota.There is plenty of room by the way for more guys. I think there are guys coming from 5 states so far.
So where have I been lately? Like some of you I have been working 12 to 16 hour days for way too long. Gary has been a very dull boy.
I’m back and going forward! I am now freed up from a job I struggled with and am now taking time to make some more transitions in life. I took this shot a couple days ago while contemplating life with our church pastor. A fish bit as I clicked the shutter. A small walleye. Nice office view for a pastor don’t you think??? Life has more choices when we get out of our box.
A series of phone calls, several speaking engagements, 5 day fishing camp at Oak Hills camp sponsored by Christian Outdoors Fellowship of America (sign up here by the way), put house up for sale, heading to elk camp in 6 weeks, and my life is really changing. I dare not look around much less back. I’ve been studying that cloud in the background of the picture. I think it’s a sign I should go goose hunting this fall as well. Who is with me on that?
I have no idea what lies ahead. With no steady job we are facing into a cold wind during these times. Just an hour ago I was in deep study for this weekends speaking engagement and I noticed the daisies outside the picture window that flourished so well this summer. I should take lessons from them. In fact I shall be more content and bloom wherever (I’m planted) and whatever (happens).
Now I can take the grand kids fishing again…Look out guys, these girls know how to catch a meal!
Today I ran into a bee’s nest on the ground the size of a basketball while out in the woods. I found out I can still run fast. Dad wanted adventure as well so we took care of the black hornet nest the old fashioned way (no not with sling shots).
I love adventure and highly recommend it by just doing something out of your norm. Being a naturally shy person, I struck up a conversation with a business man at the airport the other day. He was headed to the arctic circle to pass out bibles with a missionary to the people up there. What an adventure! It was his 6th trip. We only had a few minutes to talk boarding the plane. I got his first name and promised I would pray for him every day for his seven days up there if he would promise to fill me in on the rest of the story in eternity around the campfire some day. He said “Deal” and we parted.
More to come as I begin to press ahead for more adventures and see life’s truths through the camera lens and various other lenses. To answer some of your questions…No, the grand kids didn’t drive my son’s 250 hp turbo charged jet ski by themselves (yet). Yes, He get’s the power kick from his mother. Yes some of the crappies were over 14″. Yes, I’m hoping to snow shoe into the wilderness into a couple lake trout lakes and winter camp this winter and you are invited.
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Wow Gary! Sounds like things are really changing for you! You really put your house up for sale?! So what’s next? The speaking circuit? You’ve got my vote! 🙂
I have some ideas. having a huge garage sale, running a fishing camp week, elk hunting in Colorado with COFA, putting a goose hunt together (maybe??) speaking on weekends, building a house by dad and moms, doing some writing with some book and booklet ideas, and somewhere in there a job that pays real money?? just following my passions at this point and taking on some construction jobs as well. I might help homeowners do their own roofs with my expertise and equipment and their relatives and friends doing most of the work they can save huge amounts of money. As long as there is a fishing hole nearby. Might pursue some video ideas as well. Maybe bring a group overseas to see you Deb
This was a real pleasure to read. You seem pretty much at peace with all this.
Thanks for sharing.
I am at peace, keep writing on your blog, you do very well