What a week! We just got back from ICAST which is one of the largest fishing conventions of the year for industry professionals only. Companies from all over the world congregate to the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando to see what's new and upcoming in the fishing world. Since we were headed to Florida, Josh and I took a few extra days and headed to the beach beforehand for some much needed time off. We only had 48 hours so we had to make the most of it. To be honest with you, the last several months have been quite exhausting for both of us and all we really wanted to do was chill out. Not necessarily outside either. Because lets face it, it's Florida in July and anytime you step outside it's H-O-T no matter where you are. We had our fun frolicking in the ocean and drinking rum runners by the pool but since our room was on the top floor of a beachfront hotel we were a-ok spending the majority of the time in there. I posted up my camera on the tripod with a zoom lens attached and watched the dolphins feed during the day and photographed the thunderstorms from our balcony at night. We took naps, got sunburned, drank a little too much, ate a little too much, watched NatGeo and got caught up on life for a minute. We decided that this will be our ritual every year. But maybe even try to tack on a few extra days next time.
At the end of last year when the 2017 schedule became finalized, I looked at the places we were going in June and got incredibly excited. We were going to start out in Washington DC for a week and then head to upstate New York to spend 2 weeks on Lake Oneida. I had never been to either of these places and always wanted to go. DC was an awesome place to set up camp for a week and a fun city to explore, but it was hot as blazes down there! I felt so bad for Kigs. The temps were nearing 100° and the humidity was 100%. He really had no interest in doing anything outside so when it was time to head up to New York with a 10 day forecast of highs in the 70’s and lows in the 50’s we couldn’t get out of town fast enough! With every mile north driven through the Appalachian mountains, we could feel the weather finally cool down and dry out. We drove around Oneida, through downtown Sylvan Beach and over to our campground before having our camp set up by 7:00 that night. We stayed at a campground about 10 minutes east of the lake called Treasure Isle RV Park. It’s a family owned and operated business and they run a very clean and secure camp. It was a great place to be set up for the next event.
I’m a terrible person, I know. Four months ago I told all of you that I was starting over in life and going on this amazing journey and taking you all with me and then I totally ghosted you. Please accept my sincerest apology. These have been the craziest/most fun months of my life but it has also been the most difficult. For the last 17 years there has been structure in my life of a 9-5 job with a paycheck that gets deposited every other Friday. Not anymore, my friends! Working for myself has been a huge learning experience of what my new normal looks like. Aside from running my business, I have also taken on management of Josh Douglas Fishing full time. There are so many things that go on behind the scenes of a professional fisherman and I’ve been taking each task in stride. Finally, after all this time do I feel like I can start sorting through everything on my plate and manage it appropriately.
It's finally the off-season so that means we get to take a vacation for some good 'ole family fun! Josh and I had been mulling over where to go this year, but since we wanted to keep expenses low we decided to head out to Colorado to visit his parents, and spend a few extra days driving home through South Dakota. In the 16 years we have been doing the drive out there, we have never taken this route home. Jokes on us! We've been missing out on some serious scenery this entire time!
If you live in Minnesota, chances are you either have a family cabin that you frequent or you have friends that do. We are fortunate enough to have one of our own that my grandparents purchased back in the 60's and we still go to to this day. It's nestled about 3 hours north of the cities on a serene lake that really doesn't see all that much boat traffic. It has it's fair share of pontoons and fishing boats but nothing like the traffic you can see on some of the lakes in the city. Which makes it the perfect getaway for the weekend, where you can breathe in that fresh country air and see stars like you've never seen them before! We've also seen some pretty awesome wildlife up there in our day. One time we had a family of black bears in the tree right out our front door!
Hey there -
I'm Bri! Lover of food, wine, and photography that is currently traveling with my professional bass fishing husband along with our cantankerous rottie, Kigen. When not traveling you can find me living the lake life off the shores of Lake Mille Lacs in Isle, MN. Pour a drink, pull up a chair and join me as I journey across the country documenting it all along the way!