Gotcha, Fish and Bear

Yesterday Bill and I went back to Groundhog Reservoir, 35 miles outside Dolores Colorado, to try our luck once again at catching some fish. We really love the area, and there are restrooms close by which we now find more of a necessity than a “nice to have.”

The past few times we’ve been out fishing we didn’t catch anything. I was beginning to get frustrated, and a little embarrassed, seeing how I told our fellow co-hosts at the campground that we will have a fish BBQ as soon as we catch a big batch of fish.

Well tenacity, determination, and all those other great virtues that are hard for me to put into practice at times paid off… Within 10 minutes of casting my hook into the cool, clear, water, I had my fish!! Nine inches to be exact. Well that got both Bill and I all pumped up to see who would catch the next one…

Like I said in a previous post, Bill likes to set his fishing pole on a rock or the tackle box and watch it to see if it moves, then he grabs it and starts pulling it up to set the hook and starts reeling it in to see what he got.

We sat there side by side for about another hour and a half, getting hits on our bait every now and then, but nothing was taking the hook. Then, WHAM, GOTCHA…, Bill got a big hit on his bait,

and he reeled in a nice 14 inch trout! Great job Bill!

Catching fish is fun, but it’s also a dirty job that requires all sorts of special skills to actually get the fish off the hook, cleaned, and ready for the freezer until we have enough for our fish BBQ with our fellow co-hosts… Two down, six or eight more to go depending on the size of the catch. We didn’t catch anymore fish yesterday but not to worry, we will be back… Ha!

While we were out having fun catching fish, back at our campground, our co-host, Mary, saw a bear walking through the campground. She got several pictures that I will share here. This is the same area where I do my morning walks. Now, I have to be very vigilant, and keep my eyes peeled for bear when I’m out walking or working in the campground… Last year it was Bison in South Dakota, this year it’s Bears in Colorado…

It all makes for great stories, and fun times together, which is a big part of why we love living our retirement life dream!

Stay Tuned!!

6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. ellen739
    May 18, 2020 @ 22:06:34

    Be on the lookout as you don’t want to caught up in a bear encounter that would terrible. Enjoy the fishing but don’t take chances….your Dad use to scare me with all his stories about life in Arizona and in the mountains. I don’t know if it was to keep us safe or keep us from coming back😂😂😂🤣🤣🤣. Just kidding, we had fun and had a lot of be
    Lily laughs with all of you. Have fun but ke
    Ep a mor
    E than 6’ distancing from the bears please!
    Love you and wish we could visit with all again. Life I
    And time is getting short, I’m going to be 80(_OMG) in January and Harvey is going to be 85, but we don’t feel like it. Sure
    Aches and stiffness, but God has be good to us and we give all the praise and glory to Him. Keep drinking your wine each night it helps with this pandemic and whatever other struggles we may be experiencing. Love you Gus dearly and so happy for Danny. We need an all nighter with him and his bride and you and Bill. God bless you all and enjoy the
    Fish!
    ,

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    • beyondcinderella
      May 19, 2020 @ 11:39:37

      Thank you Aunt Ellen, so good hearing from you and that you and uncle Harvey are doing well. We love and miss you too and wish we could have another round of “the good times.” I never think of you and uncle Harvey as getting old. You have both always kept so active and young at heart. That is what Bill and I try to do tool. Take care and stay safe.XOXo

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  2. Robin
    May 18, 2020 @ 23:17:46

    Great job both of you!!! I can just imagine how fun your fish fry will be! And yes…keep your eyes peeled for those big boy bears!! Love and miss you…keep having fun!❤️🐻

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    • beyondcinderella
      May 19, 2020 @ 11:42:55

      Thanks Frissy. We are really enjoying having 6 days off after working only 3 days. It allows so much time for us to enjoy our favorite pastime, fishing! You know I will be having my eyes peeled for any further bear sightings, I don’t want any part of encountering any bears!! Love and big hugs. XoXo

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  3. Megs
    May 19, 2020 @ 18:48:13

    Yippie on the fish!!! What day is the fish fry happening? Only 6 1/2 hours from Phoenix so Audrey and I can jump in our car and join you all. Didn’t you say you have glamping tents? Just love all the nature pics and seeing how cute you and Bill are. I believe the bears don’t move towards high country until Summer so I’m not surprised they are out and about. Hopefully you have some bear spray. Love and miss you! xoxox

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    • beyondcinderella
      May 19, 2020 @ 22:03:14

      Oh, we were both so excited when we finally caught fish Megs. Mine was a tad on the short size, 9 inches, but still legal. We don’t have a date for the fish BBQ because we don’t know how long it’s going to take us to catch enough fish for the two other host couples here and the owners of the park, Mat and Wendy… Yes, they do have glamping tents, one large one and two a bit smaller but all are really nice. I found out the large one is $150.00 per night (it has it’s own toilet inside) and the two smaller ones are $125,00 per night. All of them have a back porch with a fire pit for sitting out in the evenings. I don’t know when the bears are supposed to be out, but I for sure don’t want to have any bear encounters while we are here. We know a gal who we worked with at McDowell Park and she lived in Alaska for a few years, she said people that live in Alaska say bear spray is just seasoning for the bears to eat you, and walking around with a bell to scare them off is just like ringing a dinner bell for them to come and get you… YIKES, so I don’t know what to believe and don’t want to have to find out what is true… Love and being hugs. XoXo

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