Well, I don’t want to beat a dead horse, but it continues to be dry, dry, and drier out in the woods. So with the increase in the number of people that will soon be getting involved in the fall hunting and fishing activity, we should all be extra careful.
I know we have had a rain shower now and then but it has not been near enough to take care of the dry conditions. If you just go out on US-2 towards Cooks you will see the two lakes just before the intersection are both dry. The one on the north side of the road has dried up a number of times in the last few years, but I cannot recall the one across from it ever looking like it does this year.
With things as dry as they are it could make for some interesting changes in the normal hunting patterns. Needless to say wildlife needs water also to survive. If their normal water holes are dried up they too will have to go to plan B. I always like hunting around beaver dams for this reason, but this coming year may prove to be challenging.
With as dry as it is you may also want to check your air filter on your ORV’s and anywhere else this powder dust could get in and affect your operation. In some areas it is such a dry-powdered dust it gets into almost everything.
With what the price of gas did today, going from $3.87 in Escanaba to $4.29 in Manistique, maybe the following fits right in.
A good old Yooper boy won a bass boat in a raffle. It was delivered to his home and his wife looked at him and says, “What you going to do with a bass boat like that?” “You don’t own a pickup to pull it with and in the closest lake there ain’t no water deep enough to float a boat in.”
He says, “I won it and I’m agonna keep it.”
His brother came over to visit several days later. He sees the wife and asks where his brother is.
She says, “He’s out there in his bass boat,” pointing to the dusty field behind the house.
The brother heads out behind the house and sees his brother in the middle of a big field sitting in a bass boat with dust blowing around him and a fishing rod in his hand. He yells out to him, “What are you doin in that dusty field?”
His brother replies, “I’m fishin’. What does it look like I’m a doin’?”
His brother yells, “Its people like you that give us people from the U.P. a bad name, makin’ everybody think we’re stupid up here. If I could swim, I’d come out there and whip you good!”
There are a lot of leaves turning, but there seems to also be a lot of leaves that are just turning brown and falling off the trees. Even some of the plants in my garden seem to be doing something different this year. But I have to admit there is nothing better than fresh product out of the garden. This old boy can make a meal out of toast and tomato sandwiches with a good layer of mayo on both slices of the bread. Then you take that cucumber salad Wifee makes for me and life cannot get much better.
I can remember helping out on the farm during this time of year you would have a meal of heaps of fresh corn on the cob, tomatoes, cucumbers, and other fresh garden goodies. My Aunt used to make a corn relish that I have not enjoyed since going up to her place. You know it’s funny but someone can have their own way of making something that is just great and there is just nobody else that can do it like they do.
Wifee and I have often talked about the fact we wonder just what this generation would do if they had to live off what they grew in a garden and had to put up to use during the winter. Could this generation can and butcher like those in the past had to do? And the interesting thing was that back when I was growing up not only was there no TV, there was also no such thing as a freezer in the basement to store your food in. If you did have a place to freeze and store food it was over in the “locker plant” where dad rented a freezer area to keep things in.
Even now I am so thankful that Wifee knows how to can and preserve some on those goodies for us to enjoy during the winter. There is nothing better than peach or blackberry cobbler on a cold winter night with a scoop of ice cream on it.
Life is good this time of year so get out there and enjoy it.