Sunday, December 04, 2011
Well the stars finally aligned. The weather was forecast to be fishy, I had a free schedule at work, and Norland had the green light to join me for a few days of pre-winter/late fall Steelheading. With some vacation time saved and a daunting wood stove install task hanging over my head I decided to head up Tuesday night and Gene would meet me at the Cabin later in the week.. The wood stove install was a little more involved than I had anticipated but after two full days of mental and manual labour the job is done. I couldn't be happier with the end result.
There are still some minor details to finalize but the stove is in, looking beautiful, and cranking out the heat. This was giant monkey on my back. With major commitments at work this year I had considered paying someone to install it. The quotes I had received were coming in extremely high and I struggled with paying a ridiculous amount of money for a job I was quite capable of completing. With this said and the major fall outage at work I managed to keep putting the daunting task off.
I cleaned up as he unloaded his gear and we settled down for a couple of cold drinks and some dinner as we discussed recent events in each others lives and the game plan for the following day. There was a minor cold front that crept in shortly after Gene arrived so we decided to take our time and get to the river launch for 8am.
Advanced Taxidermy when he got back home for the reproduction mount. LOL! It was a good feeling watching him put that fish in the net and I couldn't have been happier for him. He certainly has taken his licks over there and more than earned that fish. We arrived back to a warm cabin and the inviting aroma of crockpot chili. We lit the inaugural fire in the wood stove and discussed the next days game plan over diner and some cold beverages as we settled in for the evening. Life is good.
On a side note...I attempted to teach Gene how to work the Hyde. That proved to be a lost cause. LOL! I'm just glad he didn't have his sidearm in the boat as I'm certain he would have shot me in the face for my lack of patience. I can't be around useless people...LOL! ;0)
to be continued...day 2