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Monday on Bryant

August 27, 2016

August 15, 2016

Decided to make it a double header and took my son to Bryant Lake to fish the slop for LMB.  No luck.  The trip did bring back memories though of a camping trip I took with my family and my best friend at the time.  We must have been about 12 or 13, roughly the same age as my son is now, and when we arrived at Broken Arrow resort on Lake Victoria in Alexandria, MN, it was pouring rain.  Buckets of rain.  After sitting in the car for hours, my parents decided to pitch the tent.  In the rain.  I suppose at some time the rain let up but not much or for that long because in the wee hours we were all soaking wet, couldn’t sleep, and headed to Perkins for dollar size pancakes. Stuffed full of carbs maybe my dad thought we’d fall asleep in the car.  I don’t remember ever falling asleep.  With the windows of the car slightly open we were swarmed by mosquitoes.  All I remember is my buddy counting the number of mosquitoes that he killed.  212.  Slap.  213.  Smack. 214.  On and on it went until mercifully the sun rose.

I had to chuckle tonight as my son was rapidly tolling up the mosquitoes he killed as we waited to get the boat out, just like my buddy did years ago on that soggy camping trip. 30 some years later I could hear his voice as clear as day.

-Hats

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