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8/2/11

the fishing hole


it's been a tradition for matt's mama's family to travel north to hillman, michigan to fish at fletcher's pond once a year. they've been doing it for decades now...starting when his mama was a little girl. this was me and max's first year going...and our very first fishing trip ever.
i was a little bit nervous, not knowing what kind of fisherman i would be. but the week turned out to be so much more than fishing...it was seeing sunrises and sunsets, family dinners around the table, evening hammock naps by the water, getting dirty without a care, watching my little guy gain a whole new confidence and sense of self. but more than anything it was about being together. totally present with one another.
i could go for another week of that soon soon soon.
matt and his twin brother todd were the best fishing teachers...me and max were real pros by the end of the week. or anyways, we had a wonderful time. even if we did catch more weeds than fish.
this is my northern pike! my very first catch.
i was going to name it and give it a back story until i finished reeling it in...and realized that pike don't like names. or back stories. they only like having scary teeth and squealing the worst sounding squeals and violently flopping about.
(and yes, that is a complete over-exaggeration...but this is my one and only big fish story...so...)
the incredible mr. limpet (i named him anyways) was too small to be a keeper so we kindly threw him back...back to live at coney island and help win WWII.
don knotts would surely not approve.

it was a beautiful trip...northern michigan is really something!
the stars are bigger than any i've ever seen before.
and the world gained a couple of new fisherman...

p.s. max wanted to tell you all a little bit about his trip!

from mr. max...dictated but not read.
matt teached me how to cast his pole. and i did learn how to cast his pole. when i went on the boat on my last day i caught a bass. and me and matt and todd and me and my mom we were so excited that i caught my first bass! and my mom caught a northern pike. and matt caught two bass. and i missed the place that i spent the day with. i can't wait to go there again next year. and i hope everybody that's already living there has a great time.

xoxo

32 comments:

  1. I needed inspiration today. Your photos an stories always do it for me.
    Absolutely gorgeous, Katie.

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  2. Love the photos! It captures the good time you guys had perfectly! And I have to say...I love your guy's hair and beard, it's so natural and untamed. It's awesome!

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  3. Oh Max!

    I love your story about your trip. I hope one day me and my mister and me and my little boy go fishing like you did! Thanks for sharing.

    XOXO,
    Amanda

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  4. Adorable! And...what do you know, you are stunning even WITHOUT makeup! :)

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  5. Aw, your boy's note is so sweet. Thanks for sharing, that's just what I needed :)

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  6. Max sounds like he comes from a Mark Twain book. Has the same vocabulary as my good friend, Huck Finn.

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  7. This is so awesome and that place is so beautiful!

    But...ummm...fish "squeal"????????????? I dont' know what to do with that...

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  8. nikki! i felt the same way. apparently the sound it made was just air in its gills. but still. for my first time catching one it was a bit traumatizing. haha.

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  9. I love all of these photos! And I grew up by a lake, so I think "laketime" is just about the best thing ever in the summer.

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  10. Max is adorable! And with every new post you are making me wish it was summer here again more and more!

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  11. Oh my Katie! your photos are always so beautiful and calming! What a great trip! I love your face when you caught your pike. That would be me! I actually cried when I was little and I caught my first fish! It scared me so bad! haha!
    I adore Max's note! So glad he got to tell us about it himself!

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  12. oh gosh, I haven't been fishing in so long! It looks like you had a great time!

    I love Max's commentary. Adorable!

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  13. I love a good family trip! And the fact that it's their little tradition that you get to be a part of is really special. xxoo

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  14. So many lovely pictures and many more lovely memories. it looks picture perfect in every way.

    ps. I almost didn't recognize you in the fish picture without your signature red lipstick. ;)

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  15. You are such a classy fisherman er fisherwoman. I've never seen someone so fashionable fishing! Truely beautiful set of photos!

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  16. WOW! Your photos are stunning! This is my first time visiting your blog. Love it! Sounds like you had a really nice summer weekend! :o)

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  17. gorgeous photos,
    your girl friend smile reminds me of Gwyneth Paltrow smille

    S

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  18. I swear I always love your pictures! They're the cutest and happiest ever! Looks like you had tons of fun fishing:)!

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  19. hey katie i appreciate your comment on my post haha! glad you like the photos i edited according to your tutorial! :D



    - sydsense

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  20. I laughed so hard at your picture of you with the pike (the second one) hahahaha

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  21. Your pictures make me happy. When I'm done reading your posts and taking in the lovely photos, I always leave with a big smile on my face and a grateful heart for the small things in life. Thank you for that. : )

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  22. your darn tootin' it was a great trip! i love fishing trip! i haven't gone since i was little and would love to go again but no one in my family fishes anymore :( i have the poles though so i am one step closer ;D

    xo,
    cb

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  23. Your face looking at that fish absolutely kills me, hehehe. I don't think I could handle fishing, so bravo to you! Looks like it was a very nice little getaway for you all.

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  24. Oh, my gosh - I did NOT know fish could be so scary!! Anyway, it looks like you all had such a wonderful time. I love Max's version too.

    xo
    Cortnie

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  25. I love all the photos, especially the fishing related ones. The last one of Max and your hubs is super cute. It looks like such a refreshingly nice time.

    Kacie
    A Collection of Passions

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  26. what wonderful photos of beautiful michigan. my grandparents live in rapid river (a blink-and-you'll-miss-it sorta town) in northern michigan, and we vacationed up there summer 2008. it was so different from all the trips i have had visiting the southern part of michigan, and that week was full of peace and quiet and the biggest starry skies and beautiful sunsets on the lake, let me tell you. and PASTIES! (haha) Glad you had such a lovely time on your week away.

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  27. i would LOVE a getaway like that!!! now i just need to find friends who do that kinda thing. ha!!i also love how you see the beauty in old wood and tires. i love anything with color and when i see stuff like that i squeal inside cause other people just don't understand ;)

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  28. what a beautiful trip! and the fish photos cracked me up... i really hate fish. the way they look, taste, etc... creepy little things, haha :)

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  29. wow the fish is AWESOME! and the lights are so good on the pics!

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  30. What a lovely way to start my Monday. Just browsing your blog and I found this post! Those photos are amazing. And trips like this are so exciting and special and fun!

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  31. I just love you guys. You're so inspiring.

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