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Manitoba Fishing Trip Day 3

:: Tags: Awesome, Dylan, Fishing, Fun, Photo, Travel

Our last full day of fishing was looking to be a little colder and a lot wetter than yesterday. Again we started out with a nice filling breakfast and than it was off to the boats for a morning of Walleye fishing. We didn’t have much luck to start off the day, at least not in Troys favorite jigging spots. It had stormed quite heavily the night before and Troy told us that could play a huge factor in how the fish bite. So after an hour and only 2 keepers in the live well, we decided to head east to a nice little spot by Jackfish Creek. Troy told us it’s his go to fishing hole when nothing else is biting and there is also a large island that will help to shield us from the wind. The currents in the main part of the river are strong, but the spot he put us on, between the island and shoreline was perfect for jigging!

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“The group gathering for lunch at The Oaks campsite” – Eagle Nest Lake, Manitoba, CA.

It didn’t take long before we had our take for lunch and then some. We heard from one of the other guides that the other two boats were having a hard time catching their lunch quota, so we decided to keep jigging to make sure we had enough… just in case. The possession limit for Walleye is 4 per license, so typically you want to catch 2 to 3 Walleye’s (12″ to 17″) per person for lunch and with eight people in our party and three guides… well, lets just say it was a good thing we caught extra, because the other two boats only had four keepers between them. We all met for lunch at ‘The Oaks’ where we shared our fish stories in the rain while our guides prepared us another fabulous meal!

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“Me sporting a frosty Canadian beer in front of Fred’s float plane” – Eagle Nest Lake, Manitoba, CA.

It wasn’t long after Troy and the other guides started preparing to cook us lunch that we heard a small float plane do a low fly-by and then land in the river just off shore from us. As the pilot taxied the plane up to shore the door flew opened and out jumped the owner of Eagle Nest Lodge, Fred Pedruchny. He tied the plane off to a cleat on one of our fishing boat and then he and his dog came ashore to join us for lunch. He told us this is how everyone in the Great White North travels, even when your just going out for lunch! I have to admit, they really have it made up here… quiet, peaceful, tranquil and remote. If you’re a friend of nature, this is the place to be.

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“Just one of many from our final afternoon of fishing at Eagle Nest Lake” – Manitoba, CA.

After lunch we headed across the river to Peters Bay and then down to Moose Jaw and finally ended up in Moses Bay pulling in huge fighting Pike every stop along the way! It turned out to be a great day of fishing despite the weather and several lost lures. We stayed out as long as we could catching fish like there was no tomorrow, because for us there wasn’t… we would be flying out in the morning. This was a great trip and one I think my son will remember forever… I know I will!! And a big shout out to our guide Troy for a job well done… Thanks Troy!!!
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Dylan On The Go!

:: Tags: Biking, Cycling, Dylan, Event, Fun

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“Dylan and Uncle Mike after a nice bike ride” – Arlington, VA.

I always like to add a post every year with more current photos of Dylan’s biking skills. He’s turning out to be as comfortable on two wheels as my brother and I were as kids. It scares me a little to know that one day he will move up to motorcycles as we did and have to worry about sharing the road with distracted drivers. Everyone knows that the drivers in this area have no respect for cyclists of any kind. Be safe my son!!

Note: Dylan also did very well in the Air Force Cycling Classic kids race this year in Clarendon. There where several local cycling magazine photographers and community paper reporters there covering the race who asked permission to use Dylan’s picture in their publications. He is a super photogenic kid!!
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One Rough Hockey Game

:: Tags: Friends, Fun, Hockey, Sports

My adult league hockey game this past Friday night turned out to be one of the roughest hockey games I’ve had in quite some time. They say you tell how hard you’re playing by the amount of rubber left on the blade of your stick and also by the amount of blood you leave on the ice. Well folks, I had both. A ton of shots, several assists, a goal, two or three blocked shots and even a skate blade wound to the back of the leg! Even though he caught me up high on the leg, the cut wasn’t that deep thanks to my wrap around pads, so I’m not too worried about needing stitches or it getting infected. However, I do hope that the blood washes out of my socks. Anyway, it was an awesome game and an even better win!

Dylan’s First Circus

:: Tags: Dylan, Event, Fun, Weekend Excursion

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“Dylan sporting his big red clown nose!” – Verizon Center, Washington, DC.

This weekend, Julie and I took Dylan, Uncle Mike and the Grandparents to the Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus at the Verizon Center. I haven’t been to a circus since I was a kid and Dylan has never been to one, so this little excursion was sure to be a hit! It seemed to me that there were a lot more acts and animals when I saw it as a kid. I remember there being monkeys, polar bears and even Russian Cossack’s performing stunts on horse back. Thank goodness they still had the elephants and the lion cage. All in all it was a great show and Dylan really enjoyed it!
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Our Easter Vacation

:: Tags: Dylan, Family, Fun, Travel

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“Dylan enjoying the kid’s craft fair at the Club House” – Harbour Ridge Country Club, Palm City, FL.

Another winter has past and as spring is just around the corner we find ourselves back in sunny Florida for Easter break. We love our little Easter getaway to see Julie’s family in West Palm and after the long snowy winter everyone is looking forward to a little R&R and a lot of warm sunshine. Dylan’s favorite part of the trip is always Grandparents Weekend at the Club and the kids carnival on Saturday night. My favorite part is the all-you-can-eat Sunday Brunch at the Country Club! Oh, and the Bloody Mary’s aren’t bad either! Dylan and I hope you enjoy the photos… until next time!
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Halloween 2015!

:: Tags: Dylan, Event, Family, Fun

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Julie and Dylan in their matching ‘Sully’ costumes! – Arlington, VA.

Here is my collection of pictures from this years Halloween festivities. We started off the fun with the annual RS Halloween costume parade and classroom parties at Dylan’s school. Than Dylan decided to change costumes for the neighborhood evening trick-or-treating. I was even persuaded to join in the fun with one of Mikes favorite costumes… Scooby Doo!! The whole family had a ton of fun and my parents always enjoy spending time with Dylan and seeing all the neighborhood kids and their cute costumes.
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Dylan’s Biking Camp Adventures

:: Tags: Biking, Dylan, Fun, Photo

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Dylan and his orange 16″ Custom Mongoose Duster bike – Arlington, VA.

We sent Dylan to a local biking camp this summer as one of his summer activities and he totally loved it. We started Dylan out on a push/balance bike when he was very young, so the transition to a peddle bike last year was very quick and easy. He didn’t want training wheels at all during the transition, stating that they only got in the way. This spring we put him on one size larger peddle bike and he has turned out to be an outstanding rider for a five year old. As a matter of fact, the very first day of his two week biking camp, the director moved him from the beginners class to the advanced class with the bigger kids and told us he was way too good to be in his age level group. That same day he and his new class went on a group ride from Arlington to DC (about 6 to 7 miles round trip!) Since then we have taken him on bike rides of over 10 miles. This boy loves to bike!! Here are some photos of this summers biking fun.
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Bermuda Videos

:: Tags: Beach, Bermuda, Dylan, Fun, Video


06/21/2015 – “Dylan having fun at the Beach Club” – Tucker’s Point, Bermuda

As promised, here are a couple of home movies from our late spring trip to Bermuda. The first video features Dylan playing in the surf and swinging glow sticks during dinner at the Beach Club barbecue. The second video features Uncle Mike as he helps out with the daily 12 o’clock noon wench dunking in St. Georges Square.
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A Bermuda Vacation Part-2

:: Tags: Beach, Bermuda, Dylan, Fun, Travel

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Doug, Dylan and uncle Mike ready to snorkel the reef – Castle Island, Bermuda

This is the second installment of pictures from our June trip to Bermuda. We took uncle Mike with us on this trip to help out with Dylan and also to give him a little break from the world. It was a real treat having Mike along and we did a lot more in the way of activities than I think we would have done had he not been there. Mike was also a big help in teaching Dylan how to snorkel for the first time out at Castle Island reef. Thanks uncle Mike… we hope you enjoy the photos!
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Easter Vacation Videos

:: Tags: Dylan, Fun, Holiday's, Travel, Video


04/04/2015 – “Our Easter Vacation Part-1” – Harbor Ridge Country Club

As promised, here are a couple of home movies from our Easter holiday trip to West Palm Florida. Click on the link (view photos & more) below to show the other videos from this trip. The third video in the set is of Dylan and I doing side by side zip lines at the Harbor Ridge Country Club Easter weekend carnival.
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