Saturday, August 15, 2009


Davie and Chris came to Delta and stayed and helped us work on the basement. After a long hard day of work we relaxed at the rez with the new pontoon boat. We all took a turn on the tube--except Carl. He was the only one who could keep the boat running. We actually had him in the water but none of us could start the motor. Check out the pix we took :)

Sunday, August 9, 2009


We have wanted to go to Alaska on a fishing trip for several years, so when my brother Kelly called and invited us, we jumped at the chance. We went to a little town called Gustavus. It is by Glacier Bay and only has a population of about 300 people that live there year around. We stayed at a lodge where they took very good care of us with great breakfasts every morning and gourmet dinners every night. The people that own the lodge are LDS and they treated us just like we were members of their family. The little town has an LDS branch and they just built a new little chapel. We went there for church on Sunday and everyone made us feel so welcome. We even got to go help with a little service project to help an older member move a big heavy log bed to the upstairs of his new house.

Our whole purpose for going to Alaska was to go fishing so we went on a charter fishing boat to fish for halibut and salmon. We fished on four of the seven days we were there in Glacier Bay and the fishing was fantastic. The first day we started off by catching herring while the boat was still at the dock. These were little fish about 8 inches long and we used them to fish for salmon. We caught about 15 pink salmon that were about 3-4 lbs. and I caught 1 silver salmon that was about 10 lbs. Then our captain started whacking our salmon into big chunks. We wondered what in the heck he was doing with our fish when he told us the pink salmon are used for bait for the halibut. He then took us to a spot where he dropped the anchor and he put about 3-4 lbs of weight on our line along with a huge evil looking hook and about half of one of the pink salmon. We dropped that overboard where it sunk to the bottom about 230 feet deep. After a few minutes I got the first bite and the fight was on to reel in this huge fish. I took at least 20 minutes to get it to the surface and everyone kept offering to help but I wanted to do it by myself, even though my arms felt like they were ready to fall off. When we got it to the boat, Landon, the captain's 15 year old son and deckhand, whacked it in the head with a baseball bat and they hauled the fish into the boat. It was by far the biggest fish I have ever seen in real life. It weighed about 120 lbs. This was just the start of four great days of fishing. We all caught our limit of one halibut each day and we each brought home 100 lbs of fish; mostly halibut but a few silver salmon and a couple of king salmon. Carl's favorite thing to do was catch the pink salmon because they fight a little and they are plentiful. One day the captain rigged up all our poles and he said we are going to catch 10 fish in 10 minutes or we are going to throw you overboard. We did it!!! On the last day of fishing we were almost up to our limit of halibut for the amount we could take home on the plane without paying extra. We needed about 100 lbs. more. With 5 of us fishing, there were 3 people that all had a fish on at the same time. They each reeled their fish up to the boat to see which one fit the bill for our weight needed. There was one 75 pounder and one about 115 pounds and then Carl got a monster fish up to the boat. His halibut was 73 inches long and weighed 206 lbs.!!!!! We had to cut it loose and keep the fish in the middle. While we were out fishing for halibut there were whales jumping, diving and blowing. It was amazing to see these huge whales so close in the wild. There were also sea lions and eagles. We saw several moose around our lodge too. One day we hiked into the forest to see a 1957 plane crash. The wreckage is still there scattered through the forest.

The weather was perfect during the whole trip but the daylight and darkness took a little getting used to. One night we were out playing horseshoes at 11:00 pm. We could still see well enough to see the post. Then it started getting light about 4:00 am so we had to be sure our curtains were all tucked in around the windows before we went to bed. On a scale of 1-10 this trip was a definite 12. Carl and I even checked into the price of real estate up there. We could buy a small 2 bedroom house for about $95,000. Then we could sell shares and we could go and spend a couple of weeks there each summer. Something to think about?........

This is turning into a long post but one more thing I wanted to tell about. When Carl had to turn his big halibut loose, he asked the captain if he could buy the hook for a souvenier. The captain just cut it off and gave it to him. Carl then put it in the pocket of his sweatshirt and forgot about it......Until we had been through the scanner security at 3 different airports and we were just ready to board the plane for SLC. Carl said "I wonder if that hook is still in my pocket. It probably fell out or they would have noticed it when it went through the scanner machine." I went over and felt in the pocket and guess what was in there? Check it out in the picture!!!!

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Mom's Big Fish

I got to cross off one more thing on my "bucket list" today. I have always wanted to catch a big fish. We are still novices at this Mackinaw fishing but we have talked to quite a few people who have caught one and everyone has a different method for catching big "Macs" at Fish Lake. After I caught this one this morning, Carl told me that he has been humoring me by buying me a new reel for my pole and helping me troll for my big fish. Never in his wildest dreams did he think I would actually catch one!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Conference and painting the pontoon boat

Davie and Chris came to Delta to watch General Conference. They surprised us with some new outdoor carpet for our pontoon boat. They were excited to put it down right away. We told them we really needed to replace the plywood on the deck before we put the new carpet down. So we tore up the old rotted plywood and then decided that while the deck was gone it would be easier to paint the boat. We had bought the paint to paint it but had never got it done. So we painted the boat, got new decking, and installed the new carpet. Thanks Davie and Chris!!! We probably wouldn't have done it without your pushing and helping to get it done. It looks so much better. It is not quite so "red neck" anymore.

Sandrock Ridge Riders ATV Club

After we bought our 4-wheelers we decided to join a local ATV club called The Sandrock Ridge Riders. We didn't know anyone in the club. All we knew was that they went on an organized ride to different places each month. The first ride of 2009 was to an area down by Colorado City. We went on two-sixty mile rides, on Friday and Saturday. We had a great time and the people in the club turned out to be mostly retired folks about our age and older. we were a little afraid they might be a rough crowd like Hell's Angels. On the first day when we stopped for lunch we sat with about 10 people and the conversation turned to LDS ward boundries. Turns out there were several bishops and all the rest were LDS also. We made a good choice. The rides were a blast! The Saturday ride was along the east fork of the Virgin River and we took a trail that crossed the river 23 times!

Our long time friend Mark Mac Naughtan

Our good friends Mark and Claudia Mac Naughtan got some bad news last year. Mark had lucemia. He went through 8 months of intensive chemo and they thought that they had beat it. He called a few weeks ago and said that it was back, and they had decided not to fight it this time. He has a few months to live. They wanted to get together with us and some other friends out to Cherry Creek to ride 4-wheelers and have a picnic and bonfire. We jokingly talk about our bucket list and this was one of the things on Mark's bucket list. It brings it closer to home when someone talks about their bucket list when they know how long they have. We love Mark and Claudia and had a great time being with them.

Fishing Trip with Davie and Chris

This is our first trip for our pontoon boat for the 2009 fishing season. It also was Davie's and Chris's first time on the boat. We took it to Piute Reservoir. We caught some nice fish without using any bait, such as worms or power bait. We only used Jake's lures and Chris used pop gear. While on the boat we cooked a steak dinner with dutch oven potatoes on the BBQ. Davie and Chris were very impressed. They want to come again for their anniversary next year too.

Sunday, January 4, 2009


This has been my best Christmas season for many years. My prayers have been answered and at various times during this holiday season I have been able to spend time with all my children and grandchildren.
It started off with the arrival of Deb and Paiton on December 8th. While they were here we got to ride 4-wheelers, see the cows at the dairy, swim at the hot pots, see some big bucks up the canyon, sew, make stables for nativity scenes and when Christopher got here he made some great improvements to our computer, including setting up our web cam. ( Thanks Chris! ) We had so much fun with Paiton and catching up on all the new things she has learned. I loved hearing her sing" TOMORROW, TOMORROW, It's only a day AWAAAAAAAAAAAY ! ! !" Carl and I both were amazed at how much she has changed since we saw her in July.
On the 17th of December Christine brought David,Summer,Andrew, Logan and Hannah to Delta and along with Deb, we all got up the next morning and went to the snow covered dunes and rode 4-wheelers and tubes. We had a big fire to keep warm and roasted marshmellows and hotdogsand had hot chocolate. It was a beautiful day and we all had a great time. Christopher stayed at the house while Paiton took a much needed nap. That night we all drove to St. George and spent the night in a 3-bedroom condo courtesy of my generous brother Kelly. When we woke up we drove to Vegas for a wacky day of shopping at the swap meet. We all bought a special gift and played a fun game exchanging gifts. The next day we spent "Chilling" in the pool and the hot tub. Crystal and her family came over and all the kids had fun playing together. We all had fun challenging each other to take a dip in the ice cold "kiddie pool". That night we enjoyed a delicious "Cafe Rio" dinner cooked at the condo by all the "gals". Then to top off the evening for the kids, Christine prepared a pinata filled with candy. We only had one person come and remind us that "quiet time" was in 30 minutes. After all the festivities, David and Summer and their kids had to pack up and head up north so David could catch his plane back to Cleveland and work. During this whole trip we had to keep Christine occupied because she was missing Davie so much. Davie had to keep the library going strong , but we appreciate his dedication.
For Christmas day we had Deb, Christopher, Paiton, Chris and Davie. Davie read us a cute Christmas story and serenaded us with an original Christmas medley of Christmas jokes put to music on the guitar. It was great fun ! Christine and Davie made a gingerbread house and everyone made and decorated Christmas sugar cookies. Then we all turned in and waited for Santa to come.
After opening presents and spending the day together, Deb and her family went to spend some time with Christopher"s family in Richfield. Davie and Chris had to go home and go back to work the next day. Thank you all for all the great gifts and for spending time with us. We loved every minute of it ! ! But the fun wasn't over yet! On Saturday after Christmas, Russ and Angela and Jaden, Ashlyn, and Cadence came to Delta. We spent several hours at the dunes with another round of 4-wheeler riding, roasting marshmellows,hotdogs, and having hot chocolate around the fire. Then we changed clothes and went to the hot pots in Meadow for a swim in the warm water. We were there for nearly 3 hours because nobody wanted to get out in the cold. It was dark when we finally got out and the kids nearly froze to death. Russ just put on a t-shirt and spent quite a bit of time getting the kids dressed and warmed up and to the car. By the time he got a chance to put on dry clothes, his swimming suit was frozen solid. Poor guy! I felt so sorry for him. He is such a good Dad! After we were all dry and warm we stopped in Fillmore for some famous "chicken and potato logs". When my kids were younger we would go to Dr. Moody for dentist visits in Fillmore. They all hated the dentist so to bribe them so it wasn't so bad we would go get "chicken and potato logs" after the dentist. They used to" speak" to go first in the chair so that their numbness would be worn off by the time we went to go get chicken. The last one in the dentist chair was still numb and had to be careful. After this full day, Russ and his family headed home to Layton. What a wonderful Christmas season I had with all my family! Thank you all! God bless us every one!