Fishing Guides – Coho Estates Mon, 04 Jul 2022 20:02:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Fishing Guides – Coho Estates 32 32 Hex Hatch Blast Continues Until Independence Day Mon, 04 Jul 2022 20:02:31 +0000

The Hex Hatch continues on Almanor with bullets strewn across the lake each evening. Fish continue to grab Hex larvae as they rise through the water column. “The fish we clean are loaded with hex grubs and insects of all kinds,” said John Crotty of the Almanor Fishing Association. “Fish are in great shape, rainbows in the 2-4 pound class are the norm.”

Trollers continue to target Red Bank with up to 30 trolling boats each morning. The bite usually dies when the sun hits the water. Slow trolling was the preferred method. Choose your favorite baits, caterpillars, mealworms or plastics. “The biggest mistake I see people making on this lake is over sizing the end gear, my typical setup is a size 10 Pline swivel at the end of my main line, a five foot section of 6# fluorocarbon leader and a Gamakatzu size 8 hook bait,” Crotty said. “If you don’t have winches, the lead core will do the job as well, and I always keep two lead core rods per boat handy, when fishing is tough, I’ll use a lead core setup as my “bonus rod” right out the back of the boat, giving you that extra shot. On my lead cores, I start with 20# backing three colors of 12# lead core, 75′ 10# mono followed by the Pline swivel, 6# fluorocarbon and size 8 Gamakatzu bait hook.”

Crotty says, “This setup will get you way behind the boat, more importantly the 75′ of mono allows you to fight fish with the mono and not the lead core.” Although these are Crotty’s typical setups, other guides/anglers use different methods and setups. “Experiment until you find what works best for you,” suggests Crotty.

The bass fishermen pick up small quality pieces on the structure and the ledges. Fly fishermen continue to target the hex hatch each evening along the west shore and shore anglers collect fish from the creeks around the dam and at Hamilton Branch, with Hamilton Branch expelling better quality fish.


Travelers can expect to encounter construction works on all roads leading to Almanor. As usual at this time of year, hotels, restaurants and campgrounds are full. A good suggestion to ensure tours contain all the bells and whistles, plan and call ahead!

The past two weeks have exemplified all that is good in Plumas County and the Lake Almanor community. Last Saturday, the AFA held the fifth annual Veterans Fishing Day on Lake Almanor with over 50 boats taking over 100 veterans fishing. Last night the Lake Almanor Country Club held live music at Rec#1 and on July 4th Independence Day (today) there will be many patriotic themed family events for everyone, including Elks Lodge breakfast, craft fairs and a good old-fashioned parade.

Jordan Anderson Racing Bommarito Autosport NASCAR Xfinity Series Race Preview – Road America Sat, 02 Jul 2022 20:32:00 +0000

News and Notes:

– Practice; Following the end of a 20-minute practice session on Friday afternoon, Myatt Snider would record a fast lap of 138.571 at 105.165 mph on Lap 1 of his 7-lap session, making the #31 Chevrolet Camaro SS Shore Lunch the 24th fastest of the 41 cars entered for Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) Henry 180.

– Starting position; Immediately following practice, teams would move into NXS qualifying to determine the starting order for Saturday afternoon’s Henry 180. In 2022, road qualifying would consist of two group qualifying rounds, with the first round consisting of 15 minutes of two groups with the fastest five. the cars in each group advance to lap two for a 10-minute session to determine the poleman. Snider clocked a fast lap of 138.517 at 105.206 mph in Group A, placing the No. 31 Shore Lunch Chevrolet Camaro 16th in the group at the end of the 15 minutes, without going fast-10. Coming out of qualifying, Snider would drop to the 32n/a starting position for Saturday’s Henry 180.

Road America Statistics; Saturday’s NXS Henry 180 will mark Snider’s third career NXS start at Road America. In 2020, on his NXS debut at Road America, Snider would be involved in a crash late in the race, resulting in his retirement four laps from the finish and credit for 32n/a position. The 2021 edition after joining a new team would see Snider running strong all day, but would be involved in an altercation with the No. 44 late in the race which would see him lose the lead pack and eventually finish in the 23rdrd position. Last season at Road America, JAR had Kaz Grala driving #31 after starting in #7e position, Grala would run in the Top-15 for the entire race before falling back in the final stage to finish in the 18e position.

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Frame; Jordan Anderson Racing Bommarito Autosport will bring chassis #104 to Road America for Snider to compete with the Henry 180. Chassis #104 was last seen on the track for JAR two races ago at Portland International Raceway for the Pacific Automation 147, a race where Snider would have a career day leading 19 laps, taking the JAR’s first stage victory, racing in the Top-5 for ¾ of the race en route to a second place finish. Prior to Portland, chassis #104 last saw track action for JAR in March at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) in Austin, Texas for the Pit Boss 250, a race where Snider dodged the trouble all day and was able to go home with a strong 6e arrival point. In three races in 2022, chassis #104 holds an average 4.0 finish.


B.C. buddies catch 300kg sturgeon on their first outing, then quickly release it Mon, 27 Jun 2022 23:57:19 +0000

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Not only did Steve Ecklund and Mark Boise get lucky on their first sturgeon catch, but they also hauled a beast as long as a U-haul truck and as heavy as a vending machine.

It took the couple almost two hours to transport the century-old sturgeon, which was 3.1 meters long, 1.4 meters wide and weighed 318 kilograms.

“I use the reference of Jaws. You know, when it came out of the water it was remarkable to see what we had at the end of the line,” Ecklund said. As it happens guest host Tom Harrington.

“I had muscle pain that I didn’t even know existed.”

After photographing and tagging their catch, the duo released the federally protected species back into the river.

A very close encounter – with a fish and a friend

Ecklund and Boise were fishing the Fraser River in Lillooet, British Columbia, with fishing expedition company River Monster Adventures over Father’s Day weekend when they felt the giant sturgeon bite.

The next two hours were a test of endurance and a match of strength between them and the fish.

The fish, Ecklund admitted, nearly won, dragging them about two kilometers as they battled to bring it back.

“You’re shaking. You can’t feel your arms anymore. It’s all you can do to hold on,” he said. “And I looked [Boise] and jokingly said, “I wonder if we could cut the line without the guides seeing it?” Because we were so exhausted.”

Ecklund, Top and Boise fish for sturgeon in the Fraser River. (River Monster Fishing)

He says it’s all brought him closer to his pal – literally.

“There was a lot of close contact there, because I was wrapped around him and in front of him and behind him and you call it, you know, just kind of a grip on that rod,” Ecklund said with a little laugh. “It was the most awkward two hours I’ve ever spent with a good buddy of mine.”

110 years old, and never caught

In an email, River Monster Adventures said the fish was the greatest surgeonfish the company had ever seen.

“This may be the largest sturgeon caught in the Upper Main Land,” said company spokesman Kelsey Livingston.

Ecklund can certainly believe that.

“By taking the measurements and even trying to hold it up for a photo, you really feel the girth of this thing,” he said. “There’s no way you could put your arms around that. I mean, it was the greatest thing I’ve ever seen.”

Three men, waist-deep in greenish water, holding a massive 3.1 meter long white fish that is flipped on its back.
Ecklund says the giant sturgeon put up a fierce fight in the water, but became completely docile when they turned it on its back to measure, photograph and tag it. (steve_ecklund_nextlevelhunter/Instagram)

River Monster Adventures estimates the fish to be around 110 years old. Fishing guides have found no evidence that it has ever been tagged before, indicating this is the first time it has been caught in a century.

According to the Fraser River Sturgeon Conservation Society, white sturgeon can live to be over 150 years old and grow up to six meters in length.

River Monster Adventures guides Nick McCabe and Tyler Speed ​​tagged, measured, and photographed the fish, then promptly released them back into the water in accordance with federal species at risk law.

“It was really cool to watch them go through all of this and collect data…to support this population,” Ecklund said. “The more information we have, the better we can care for the species and help it survive in the long term.”

Ecklund, who is from Alberta, has a lot of outdoor experience and hosts a hunting show called The edge. But it was his first time fishing sturgeon and his first time fishing the Fraser River.

“Now I walk around with a puffy chest saying, you know, I’m a multi-outdoorsman. I guess I can do anything and land all the big ones,” he laughed.

Written by Sheena Goodyear. Interview with Steve Ecklund conducted by Paul MacInnis.

Catfishing, then and now – Waxahachie Daily Light Sun, 26 Jun 2022 11:09:52 +0000

Luke Clayton Daily Light Contributor

I’ve always loved catching catfish and…eating them! I guess my passion for catfish comes naturally, as a boy growing up on a poultry farm in Red River County; catching catfish was a way of life.

Every nine weeks or so when the chickens sold out, we would pack the old 1950 International pickup with tarps, Coleman pans, cast iron pans, bedding, etc. . I would start catching bait, small perch from the farm pond, the night before. Upon arriving at our fishing hotspot, the exercise was to quickly set up camp, which was easy to do, we didn’t have a tent, just tarps or, as they were called at the time, “sheets”. of carriage”. Tarps on the ground with blankets served as bedding.

As soon as camp was organized, my dad and another paddled out onto the small lake in a homemade 12-foot wooden boat and laid down a few trotting lines which were quickly baited with cut poles. I do not remember having fished there with rod and reel, or very little; we relied on trotting lines to produce fish and they always did! Once the line was set, we would paddle out and tie the little boat to a stump and watch the lines.

After about 30 minutes we were paddling and racing them, still in the boat with plenty of fish for that first fry of the evening, which was very important. Fried potatoes with a handful of tossed chopped onions and a few tins of pork and beans, light bread and very fresh crispy fried catfish were the evening meal. For the next two days we caught and cooked grilled fish and burgers and hot dogs and filled the cooler with plenty of catfish to carry us to the next chicken sale and dad said another stay fishing.

Our farm was steps away from Pecan Bayou, which is a spring-fed creek with springs in the northwest corner of Red River County. In the spring, when the creek was flowing, we cut posts from a patch of switch rods behind the house and installed what we called “fixed posts”. The rigging was pretty basic. A pole about 8 feet long with the old woven fishing line common at the time, a weight and a baited hook with a cut pole. We would set up about 20 of these poles along the creek an hour before dark and run them every hour or so for a few hours, then again at first light the next morning. I vividly remember walking to that side of the creek and seeing these perches with the end stuck in the mud and the tip being pulled down by a feisty catfish.

Later in my life, as an outdoor writer, I had the opportunity to see the sport of catfishing grow far beyond what I knew as a kid. I was once invited by the great Bill Dance to take his place in a boat with James “Big Cat” Patterson and fish for the world championship catfishing on the Tennessee River. James and I didn’t win this prestigious tournament but I learned a lot about fishing blue catfish in a flowing river. We used Santee Cooper rigs baited with skipjack herring and landed several what I considered to be “big” blue cats. Over the years I have fished with some of the best catfish professionals in the country. David Hanson has guided Tawakoni for years and has targeted trophy class blue catfish in the cold months and edible sized channels in the summer. I dare to assume that David has guided people to more catfish over the years than anyone.

For the past few years I have fished with one of David’s friends, Tony Pennebaker who specializes in catfish, blues in the winter and river cats from late May. Tony and I had a lot of great times together on the water and honestly, I can’t remember not going home with lots of fillets for the fryer. Fishing techniques differ when it comes to targeting blue catfish as opposed to channels. River catfish will hit a variety of baits, as will blues to some extent, but when targeting river cats it’s hard to beat a good cheese bait. There are a wide variety of baits on the market today and they will all catch fish. I have witnessed many arguments about which bait is best. Years ago I worked with a company that started doing the

“best catfish bait on the market.” I assembled a group of guides who fished daily and each tested batches of newly developed bait. Eventually the guides and company agreed on the “best” formula and it became a popular bait for channel catfish. Was it the best bait on the market? The answer depends on who you ask, but this is a very good bait that for years has represented many catfish limits on many lakes.

Blue catfish will bite punch baits, but serious “blue cats” know that fresh cut baits are best. In Texas waters, fresh shad are king for catching the blues, but in northern states, herring skipjack are the go-to bait, especially in river systems where baitfish are common.

Yes, a lot has changed since I cut my teeth in catfishing using poles in the creek near my childhood home and trotting lines on small lakes in Oklahoma. With today’s sonar it’s easy to find aggregations of fish, especially when targeting big blues in the winter. And anyone can throw in a few range cubes and bring the channel catfish under the boat. But one thing that hasn’t changed is the tug of a tough catfish or the flavor of a crispy fillet of catfish or a smaller whole fish that has been exposed to cornmeal and about 6 minutes in hot cooking oil!

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Born to guide took time to understand | Free content Fri, 24 Jun 2022 18:29:00 +0000

Guiding fly fishing trips has become the dream job I never knew I was looking for. I grew up in Summit County, the sixth generation of my family to live in Colorado.

After graduating with my Bachelor of Arts in Journalism at CSU, I began collecting an interesting array of workplaces, including a county jail, an accredited zoo, and recently a college welcome office – all leading me somehow as a fishing guide in the heart of the Colorado Rockies.

I come from generations of fishermen, including my mother, my grandfather and my great-grandparents. My great-grandmother was a famous fisherwoman at a time when women were not common in the stream bed.

I treasure the few photos I have of her outfitted in her lucky fishing hat, waders, creel and bamboo pole ready to be thrown into a favorite high willow stream in search of water. a rainbow trout.

I started fishing very early with my sisters in a stocked pond with a yellow Snoopy spinning rod that we shared. We enjoyed the competition to see who could cast the farthest and catch fish.

It wasn’t until college that I decided to try my hand at fly fishing. I can’t remember a specific reason, but I asked for a rod for Christmas and Santa delivered.

He came up with a VHS of the casting basics, and my journey began.

I learned to tie my own fly and gained some freedom to explore the water while visiting my family in Taylor Park, where I fished the same small creeks and beaver ponds as my ancestors.

With the move to Chaffee County, I came across a review of a Fly Fishing 101 course being offered at ArkAnglers, taught by the one and only Stuart Andrews.

I took the course hoping to hone some skills and quickly realized how much I still had to learn.

I spent more and more time on the water, experiencing the gold medal waters of the Arkansas River, exploring local lakes and reservoirs, and falling in love with trout hunting in our upper Rockies.

Time at home included YouTube’s rabbit hole, practicing knots and studying maps in preparation for the next water trip.

I had spent quite a bit of time in the fly shop and contacted Stuart about the possibility of trying my hand at guiding.

I didn’t know if I would like it or not – some people tell you not to turn your hobby into a job. But with my school work, I had my summers free and I thought I would give it a try. If I didn’t like it, I would find something else.

Stuart took me under his guardianship and the next leg of my journey unfolded.

I followed several of ArkAnglers seasoned guides and then was assigned to my first solo trip.

I knew that day that I had found my vocation. Each trip is its own adventure with a unique set of variables – the people I meet, the weather we live in, the behavior of the fish, and the water we explore.

I love introducing people to fly fishing for the first time or helping more experienced anglers achieve their goals on the water.

One of the most important things I’ve learned from my own time on the water—and reinforced by my time as a guide—a day of fishing is rarely about catching fish.

The rush of the connection made on the hook may be what draws us to the water, but in the end, a day of fishing gives us so much more.

Why you need to be an influencer and the 3 Rs to become one Wed, 22 Jun 2022 19:00:00 +0000 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur the contributors are theirs.

The concept of the “three Rs” was born around the idea of ​​influence in the age of social media. Brian Solis was one of the first to propose this concept as the three pillars of influence to measure the rise of the digital influence of individuals. For years, marketers and influencer agencies have recommended relevance, reach and resonance as influencer selection criteria for brands, but experts suggest this could evolve into a new way to guide content. brand digital marketing. Hootsuite describes the three Rs of influence as follows:

  • Relevance: Influencer shares relevant content for your business and industry

  • To research: The number of people who can be searched through the influencer’s follower base

  • Resonance: The level of engagement an influencer can create with an audience relevant to your brand.

These criteria are used to select the right influencer, but what if marketers used them to shape their marketing communications? Could the brand become the influencer?

Related: 10 Factors That Will Make or Break Your Influencer Marketing Campaign

The Benefits of Being an Influencer Brand

Today, more than 60% of media consumption is through fragmented digital media compared to traditional mass media. In the era of voluntary engagement, it has become more difficult to interrupt the customer journey. It’s not enough to reach audiences through other content creators. An influencer is simply someone who can influence others by being a social content creator to build an audience. A brand with the right content and an authentic, timely response can create its own groups of dedicated and engaged followers. Some brands have already done it very well, but we had to change our mindset.

Of course, content-creating brands have been around for decades. Content marketing is about creating and distributing valuable, relevant and consistent content to attract/retain an audience, resulting in profitable action. The difference is that influencer brands have shifted their entire focus to a consumer-centric Integrated Marketing Communications (IMC) mindset. Influencer brands go beyond head-pleasing blogs, infographics, e-books, testimonials, and how-to guides. They have learned to touch the hearts of their audience.

This comes from seeing the world from the target’s point of view. A change that can be observed by following the three Rs of influence to lead the creation of branded content. For example, Yeti Coolers content and engagement does not focus on selling coolers. It’s selling a lifestyle that coolers help activate. For example, they organize products so customers can shop by activity. The images and copy lead with stories of adventures their audience can have with the gear – fishing, hunting, camping, near the coast, in the snow, at the ranch and in the rodeo arena.

The bread and butter of branded content marketing are white papers, educational e-books, and how-to videos. Yeti allows audiences to feast on coffee table books, celebrating whitewater rapids, films documenting brand ambassadors competing in canoe races over 260 miles, and fly fishing guides hosting podcasts. Yeti Stories isn’t full of stats, specs, and sales promotions about their coolers. They are inspiring stories from the lives of their audience.

But that’s not the whole plot of their marketing story. The ultimate end of the story is the purchase, and to do that they also need to talk to the head. Yeti provides plenty of information about the rugged construction, legendary performance, smart design, and long-lasting warranty of their products. The core alone doesn’t justify a $300-$400 cooler. They have sales, contests and promotions to incentivize purchase, but they lead with the stories inspired by their audience.

So how do you become an influencer brand? Practice consumer-centric BMI that takes a story perspective. To do this, consider the three Rs as a target for content and brand engagement. Brands that take a storytelling approach through the three Rs can become an influencer, building relationships around brand communities.

Related: 5 Reasons Why Brand Storytelling is Critical to Your Marketing Strategy


Relevance becomes sharing stories that are relevant to your business and your industry – what is relevant to the market. This is the cost of entry for your story to be recognized as being on the right topic. Fitness brands like CrossFit or Life Time create verbal messages, visual messages and brand stories about training and fitness. They don’t create stories about financial planning, vacations, or electric vehicles. No company has the resources to reach everyone in a market, and general messaging tends to fail. Markets are segmented, a target is selected and the product is positioned there.


Reach is the number of people in a defined population exposed to the message. Reach is about conveying the brand story to the target audience. Life Time Fitness and Yeti Coolers place brand messages (Paid, Earned, Shared, Owned) in media frequently read and viewed by their target audience. Not everyone who receives the message responds or responds the same way. A brand’s best customers are its most loyal fans and advocates. Brand advocates engage and share your brand content because it resonates with them, not because you paid an influencer to talk about it. The brand is the content creator and influencer of the community.


Resonance is an engagement generated by extending a message through reflection and amplification. When a message resonates with someone, they want to share it as a signal of their identity to a group, reaching others in the marketplace. Focusing brand content on stories that resonate with your target audience adds momentum to the message. The social identity of the brand matches the social identity of the buyer and the brand becomes the influencer in social media.

Related: How to Get Your Influencer Marketing Right

The stories you tell in the branded content you create and the authentic interactions you have attract and retain an audience, creating connected customers to drive profitable action. That’s what it means to be an influencer brand. That’s why Yeti is more than a cooler. It’s #BuiltForTheWild. That’s why Life Time Fitness is more than a gym. It’s a way for you to #LoveYourLife. Consider how you can scale your content marketing to an influencer brand from a consumer-centric mindset.

Iceland as cool as it gets Mon, 20 Jun 2022 05:00:00 +0000

REYKJAVIK, Iceland — The waves were choppy enough to flash white caps and roll the ferry back and forth, but no one cared as the humpback whales frolicked, flapping their huge white-tinged tails, or moat.

The human gasps were audible exhalations of excitement as the pair of whales dove and surfaced, splashing nearby in Faxaflói Bay, perhaps 8km from Reykjavik harbour.

It was mid-May. The temperature aboard the 36-foot vessel was neither balmy nor freezing, and the sunburn alternated through the clouds with rain, light snow and wind. The whales waved their flukes in a lengthy show guide, Lucas Heinrich oh and ahh like an overworked sports contest color commentator, throwing “wows” and “fantastics”.

Still, it was the appropriate tone for the moment. This is what tourists have come to see on this rocky island with a population of just 345,500 inhabitants, Nordic exoticism, attracted by the adventure of mingling with another culture in a distant country.

The whales are the cornerstone of the experience. Depending on the time of year and the north or south of the island, killer whales, minkes or other types of whales may surface.

“Even us guides are sometimes surprised,” Heinrich said.

Humpback whales can weigh 40 tons or 80,000 pounds and measure between 45 and 55 feet in length. Swimming near the boat for 45 minutes or more inspired awe. Also, nausea in some. A young man wearing a knit cap from the University of Minnesota called the whale sighting spectacular, but also said, “My wife is throwing up her guts.”

Traveling to the Far North is like going to space, but with better restaurants.

Compared to almost anywhere in the lower 48 states of the United States, parts of Alaska, Canada, Greenland and Iceland have a strong kinship in their rugged and scenic lands.

They feature glaciers, mountains, volcanoes, icebergs, cold air, snow and ice. Bring a parka and gloves. Although temperatures in the 50s were promised, many days in a week were cooler and the wind chill bit at times.

My visit to Iceland spanned 20 years, sparked by a friend’s adventure story. I had been to all these other cold corners of the hemisphere.

When you tell people you’re heading to Iceland, they raise their eyebrows, shake their heads, or start calculating the dollar sign in their mind. Iceland is a concept for many, as much as a place. They can’t drive there. They don’t see a beachfront condo in their head.

More importantly, they mistakenly assume that it is too expensive and semi-impossible to achieve. Icelandair offered a five-and-a-half-hour direct flight from Chicago to Reykjavik for $550. The direct flight was the crux for me. An alternative one-stop flight takes you first to London or Berlin, taking a bewildering 32 hours to reach Iceland. My travel time and cost was similar to Anchorage, Alaska.

Food in Iceland is expensive as almost everything is flown in and we are currently facing a global food crisis. Yet each specific individual activity I planned was also reasonably priced.

There are different ways to visit Iceland. I was not interested in a global package. Instead, I booked on my own. My hotel, one of the Center Hotels Klopp, was ideally located. The cost was about $110 a night for six nights including hot breakfast, and the front desk service was the best I’ve ever encountered. Imagine a receptionist as a concierge, so helpful that they went above and beyond just answering questions.

I didn’t want to rent a car to drive around the whole island, although that is a popular activity. Instead, I booked mini-bus day trips that lasted up to 12 hours.

Trying to live up to a sweatshirt-for-sale slogan “Iceland: the coolest place on earth”, I visited a glacier up close, dazzling waterfalls and a black sand beach from boiling lava. For those with long memories, American Bobby Fischer won the World Chess Championships in Iceland in 1972, and there is a Bobby Fischer Center housing memorabilia from his time there. Fischer is buried nearby.

Even though I had done it before, it was neat to walk near a glacier. Groups of people climbed on it, climbing on the ice with crampons. You can’t do that everywhere.

It was allowed in Iceland to walk much closer to the massive waterfalls than elsewhere. At one point you can sneak up to the falls and then follow a path behind them.

It felt clean and adventurous, but it was also close to a suicide mission I’ve been on for some time. The rocks were wet and slippery with the force of the falls or the wind blowing off the water. The footing was uncertain, the terrain open and dangerous minus the guardrails, and I was soaked. At one point, I crawled over mud and rocks so as not to lose my balance – or my life.

A driving guide named Huigi noted that only 1% of Iceland is covered in trees.

“If we have three trees together, we call it a forest,” he said.

I spent the rest of my visit looking for clusters of trees. Many shores showed impressive cliffs, but woods were lacking.

I scheduled myself one excursion a day, which left me time to walk around Reykjavik. The whale watching excursion costs $82. A fishing trip on a boat from the port of Reykjavik costs $119. The South Coast waterfalls and glacier day trip is $108. Airport shuttle was about $33 and cheaper than a taxi.

It turned out that the port was only 20 minutes from my hotel, eliminating the need for taxis to start water travel.

The architecture is very European, often colorful with buildings brighter overall than in the United States. Reykjavik is full of cafes (decaf is hard to find) and bars. Props for a bar called Lebowski’s, named after the American movie classic ‘The Big Lebowski’ starring Jeff Bridges and John Goodman. There were bowling shoes and pins displayed in the window and burgers on the menu.

For those who didn’t dare risk their taste buds with whale meat or horse meat, it was easy to indulge in a slice of pizza, a burger or even (surprise) a Subway sandwich. Lambs are local residents, cows not so much so steaks are rarer. A herd of reindeer lives in the highlands but did not yet show up at lower elevations.

Wildlife does not roam the Icelandic countryside. Rarely, in winter, in the far north, a polar bear can be seen. Most of the time, visitors see sheep ranches, whales, and fish, especially cod, if they go fishing. Cod has long been one of the staples of the Icelandic economy. Inland fishing trips over $500 are available for other species. Boat fishing was the way to go for me, and the water was calmer than while whale watching.

Reykjavik, with over 130,000 inhabitants, is home to a variety of museums. There is a whale museum, the Aurora Center, where one can learn about the Northern Lights, the National Museum of Iceland, the Reykjavik Art Museum and the Saga Museum.

“Saga” is a heavy word. This museum covers the history of Iceland. It is generally accepted that Iceland should have been called Greenland and Greenland should have been called Iceland because Greenland is really more wintry. It’s probably too late to trade.

Norwegians started settling in Iceland in 847. Saga displays are quite realistic and gory. This includes a headless re-enactment with statues. There was a reference to an elder with a lively nickname, however, Ari the Savant. He had probably memorized the sagas.

Lighter, the museum allows patrons to dress up as Vikings for photos. Put on a cloth tracksuit, layer chain mail, choose a metal hard hat, then wield a sword or ax while carrying a shield. Talk about your awesome Halloween outfits. Alert. The chain mail must weigh at least 25 pounds. A forklift is useful to get it out of its box.

Others might vote for the Viking beer sold at the airport’s duty-free shop as a souvenir. Drink enough and you might think he was seeing things like a multicolored downtown street. No wait. There really is a road in Reykjavik called Rainbow Street. Everyone flocks to it because it is so alive. Red, orange, yellow, green, purple and pink make up the road in lanes roughly the width of what one would see at a track meet.

The street is representative of a Rainbow Pride festival celebrating diversity. With Iceland having the most sparse population in Europe, people like to be reminded that everyone matters. And that tops Oz’s Yellow Brick Road.

Last Minute Father’s Day Gifts Shipped Fast on Amazon Prime Sat, 18 Jun 2022 06:35:29 +0000

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Father’s Day is fast approaching! It falls on Sunday, June 19 this year, which means if you keep shopping, you’ll need to find a last-minute gift – fast. You don’t want it feel as a last minute gift. Yes, it’s the thought that counts, but that doesn’t mean we don’t want to give our pop something awesome!

Luckily, Amazon Prime exists, offering countless amazing Father’s Day gift ideas that ship fast. You still need to shop ASAP! Check out our picks below for all the different types of dads:

15 Last-Minute Father’s Day Gifts on Amazon Prime

1. For the safety-loving dad: If your dad is still worried about his home security or lost packages, it’s time to get him a Blink Video Doorbell. This one has two-way audio, HD video and more!

2. For the dad who likes to chill with a beer: This Stanley insulated beer mug can keep drinks cold for up to 32 hours at a time – and it has a built-in bottle opener. It’s even dishwasher safe!

3. For the dad who never misses a dental appointment: Water flossers are a game changer, and this sleek, compact and powerful BURST water flosser might just be our favorite yet. It has three modes!

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]]> A case for a how-to guide on how not to go camping… ever | Lifestyles Sun, 12 Jun 2022 15:07:00 +0000

My husband and I were in a big box store the other day when I spotted a laminated foldout guide with the catchy title, “Guide to Surviving Getting Lost in the Wilderness.”

I’m always intrigued by laminated fold-out guides. What a great idea to pack so much useful information into a relatively small space. I’ve seen guides for math, biology, and the basics of English – all of which would have been very useful to me during my high school days.

I even saw a laminated human anatomy unfolding, which gave me slight pause because I like to think doctors wouldn’t need visual aids, although I’m sure they don’t. don’t use foldout guides once they’re out of med school, right?

But a foldout guide on how to survive getting lost in the wilderness was a first, and I wondered who would have the foresight to buy something like this before a camping trip.

Was it intended as a gift from a parent or perhaps a spouse? (“I’ve got this for you, honey. You know how you can never remember how to tell which way is north by the moss on a tree.”)

It would really make a thoughtful gift. We all know that children and spouses don’t necessarily listen, even when the advice is first rate and best intentioned. Giving a loved one a laminated flyer seems like a great way to get your point across without showing a complete lack of confidence in their ability to go camping without ending up in Canada.

But the fact that someone had to come up with such a fold-out guide confirms what I’ve always known: camping is basically a very dangerous hobby.

A long time ago, when I was 12, I went to an overnight camp in northern Wisconsin. I knew even before I got my bunk assignment that the great outdoors were a force to be reckoned with and I begged my mom not to make me go there the night before I left. His response was typical, “We paid for it and you’re off.”

I did and survived, but it was, by my mild suburban standards, brutal.

The counselors had us do all sorts of survival activities “just in case” our canoes capsized or we caught poison ivy or lost our bag of supplies and had to live off the land until we let’s be rescued. Never having given much thought to surviving anything other than a sweat during the summer rerun season, there was a lot of information to process.

After I got home from camp, I swore, like a Scarlett O’Hara, that neither I nor my people would ever go camping again. And we didn’t.

I’ve known a lot of people, nice, interesting, seemingly normal people, who love camping, but I don’t get it. Why would anyone want to sleep on a floor strewn with stones only to wake up and not only have to make a fire to cook breakfast, lunch and dinner, but also catch at least some of those meals at bare hands? Or at least with a fishing rod. Why go through all this when, as the ad says, chances are no matter where you are, you’re about 10 minutes from a Wyndham hotel? I find that very reassuring.

Then there are the RV campers, which are much more my kind of people. At least with motorhomes you have running water, closets and bathrooms, albeit on the small side, but still well above any latrine on the planet.

RV campers also pitch their tents, so to speak, in RV parks, places with running water, playgrounds for kids, and possibly a well-stocked convenience store.

I’ve also never seen a laminated foldout guide to the RV, which is saying a lot.

Because I was familiar with the great outdoors and wasn’t destined to be kindred spirits, I didn’t bother looking at the survival guide. But I wonder if that included the most important advice of all: “Don’t end up in the desert in the first place.”

Just ask the Wyndham Hotel Group. Now these people are doing a real public service.

Nell Musolf is a freelance writer based in Mankato. She can be contacted at