Canada Fishing Trip, August 2021

I was lucky to be asked to come along on a 5 day fishing trip up in Ontario, Canada at Press Lake.

Press Lake Camp www.presslake.on.ca is the only resort on this pristine lake of 73 miles round. It’s filled with tasty Walleye, aggressive Northern Pikes and good size Smallmouths. You will have the lake to yourself most of the time, you hardly see other fishing boats. The resort is owned by a super nice guy (Ryan Nicholas) that will make sure you know where the fish are and how to fish for them.

Most of the days we caught our limit of Walleye and threw back a bunch of Northern Pike.

Noticed the death grip on my Northern Pike! This fishing trip was the first time I have fished for Northerns.
Old Men And The Sea
Rick Freeman and Eric Robinson with a day limit of Walleye
Beautiful Press Lake
Longtime friends John Kaestle and Eric Robinson taking a break
Rick Freeman and John Kaestle with a day limit of Walleye
Our first day catch of Walleye. Eric Robinson was the executive chef for our cabin and he cooked up a hearty breakfast and a delicious dinner each day.
Sunrise at Press Lake looking from our cozy cabin.

Eagle looking for a floating fish

Camp Muir Hike, July 2021

For my 61st birthday I decided to hike up Camp Muir. It was also a way to test out my new right knee replacement that happened on March 1st.

I asked a bunch of people to celebrate my birthday hike with me, but only Tao Song, Craig Schilling and Mike Curry took the challenge. We arrived at Paradise parking lot around 6:30 a.m. with only about twenty cars in the parking lot. We started up the trail around 6:45 a.m. and stopped after we crossed Icicle Creek…pretty much where the snow started. We had a snack and put on our traction devices before trudging on.

Tao lead the way to Camp Muir making sure she maintained a lead of 100 yards from of us tired boys. I have done this hike about 10 times now and it never gets easier. We all know what the last mile feels like…pure hell. At least we had beautiful clear sky and a warm sun beating down on us, no jacket required on top…just a dry shirt.

On the way down we made sure to hit every snow shoot there was. I brought a heavy duty garbage bag and it worked well for glissading. After descending and a change of clothes we stopped in Ashford for pizza and beer.

My support group: Tao Song, Craig Schilling, Rick Freeman and Michael Curry
Freeman on the death march up to Camp Muir.
Resting At Camp Muir
Tao Song Glissading
Craig Schilling & Tao Song

Rick Freeman & Mike Curry Glissading

Bandera Mountain Hike, July 2021

Six of us brave souls hiked up Bandera Mountain to see the sunrise. We woke up at 1:15 a.m. and left the house at 2:00 a.m. to meet up with Craig Schilling, Tao Song, Xiao Wen and Xiuyun at the trailhead at 3:00 p.m.

Wild Mountain Lilies
Linna Watching The Sunrise
Tons Of Bear Grass, Mount Rainier In The Background