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Breakfast

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This is my new favorite breakfast that I am completely hooked on. It is a wrap, spread with peanut butter, sprinkle with granola and sliced strawberries, and roll. I cut mine in half to fit in the tupperware for me to take it to work. I don’t have a name for it. Any suggestions? And of course, I found this idea on Pinterest. It had sliced bananas on it, but I forgot about them when I made it the first time. But I think any fruit combination would be great. And it us definitely a stick-to-your-ribs kind of breakfast. So yum!

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Checking the Crab Pot Part 2: Croakers!

Since I didn’t have any crabs and I was done playing with the turtles, I decided to fish for a bit.  This is usually a pretty simple ordeal: Take one pole and throw out a bottom-rig with fake bloodworms and/or fake shrimp, then fish a second pole with beetle-spin around the dock.  Everything was going fine until my big “croaker” pole fell into the river!  I spent over half an hour pulling on the line trying to get it up far enough so I could reach it but the line eventually broke.  The water is only six or seven feet deep so I rigged up my other pole with several hooks and went fishing for my now very wet croaker pole.  While I was trying to hook my pole at the bottom of the river I noticed the line with the bait on it started to move!  After the pole had fell into the water I cut the line going out to the bait but left enough to tie off on the bench so I could retrieve my tackle when all this was over.  Now I had a fish on the end… So I started pulling the line in hand-over-hand.  All 80+ yards of it.  When it finally broke the surface I realized I had two croakers!  One on each hook!

Two hooks, two fish....not bad.

Two hooks, two fish….not bad.

Meredith came down a little later and took this:

Two "Hand Caught" Croakers

Two “Hand Caught” Croakers

So, you may be wondering why they call them croakers.  Well, take a look for yourself (be sure to turn your sound up):

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Checking the Crab Pot Part 1: Turtles

It finally stopped raining so I decided to run down to the river and check my crab pot.  No crabs this time but I did have a couple turtles.  Take a look at these two:

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This one kept hissing at me

2nd Turtle

This guy is just hanging out

Want to see a turtle do a “back shell flop” into the water?

Update: After a little research I have learned these are Northern Diamond-Backed Terrapins:
http://www.dnr.state.md.us/wildlife/Plants_Wildlife/herps/Testudines/NorthernDiamond-backedTerrapin.asp

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Today’s Catch

Today's Catch

Went down to Lake St. Mary’s this morning and caught a few fish. I kept four (bottom up): Redear, Crappie, Bluegill, Redear.

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Lake St. Mary’s Canoe Trip #3 (aka The Day of Fish)

The Day of Fish: Two fish at the same time!

The Day of Fish: Two fish at the same time!

So we decided to take the canoe out after work today.  Might as well see if we can get some fish too, right?  Well ladies and gentlemen, it was the Day of Fish!  We caught 33 fish in under three hours!  I would have probably caught more if it hadn’t been for the fact Meredith won’t put a worm on a hook!  None the less, we couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful evening on the water or a better day of fishing.

In case anyone is wondering, here’s the fish count:

  • 22 Redear’s
  • 9 Bluegill’s
  • 1 Smallmouth Bass
  • 1 Largemouth Bass
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Lake St. Mary’s Canoe Trip #2

We went out again this morning on Lake St. Mary’s.  It was a beautiful morning and the lake was like glass when we first got there.

A beautiful morning on Lake St. Mary's.

A beautiful morning on Lake St. Mary’s.

This time, we actually caught some fish.

Meredith's first fish.

Meredith’s first fish.

David with a little bluegill.

David with a little bluegill.

A good close-up of a bluegill.

A good close-up of a bluegill.

A largemouth I caught.

A largemouth I caught.

 

 

 

 

 

I even have proof Meredith caught a fish:


Another video showing how nice the lake was this morning:

And now thanks to Google Tracks you can see where all we went!

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Storm Clouds

Storm clouds rolling in

Storm clouds rolling in

I am sure that our neighbors must think that I am crazy, if they pay me any attention at all.  Lately I seem to always be outside taking pictures of the sky or the ground.  But I swear I’m not crazy.  I am so amazed by everything this spring: clouds, trees, grass, crops, insects, animals, everything.  I feel like I am seeing so many things for the first time.  The trees seem almost neon green at times because the green is such an intense, saturated green.  I am completely fascinated with all of nature coming to life right before my very eyes.  It truly is amazing, all of it.

I saw these clouds rolling in today and couldn’t help but grab my camera and take a few pictures.  The clouds seemed so light and airy, yet very stable and comforting at the same time.  Beautiful.