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Peoria, Arizona, United States
I was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona with brief visits to a few other places. I love to get out and experience nature in all its forms. I am an adrenaline junkie that refuses to grow up. I have been married to the girl of my dreams for 24 years, we have three great kids, and I still do not know what I want to be when I grow up.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

No, I just can't get enough............

Woods Canyon Lake at its finest. (Yes, that is snow.)
My beautiful catch. As you can see, our camp was on the very edge of the Rim.

Grandpa said "Bryan looked like the Beverly Hillbillies when he left." Then he busted up laughing. Well, it worked.

Yep, I did it again. I braved the Mogollon Rim Country in April. It was really cold, super windy, tons of snow, and several black bears. Well......no bears, but the gigantic ravens did get into Don's rubbermaid tote, despite the rocks he put on top of the lid. Uncle Bryan (Ring side) invited me to go on the annual Guys On The Rim Fishathon 2009. How could I say "no"?! It was a total blast! Everybody caught something and I am eating trout for dinner tonight. It does not get any better than that.

As you can see in the photos, Bryan and Grandpa Ring threw together a boat rack (made out of 2x4's) so Bryan could bring Grandpa's boat. The guys were falling over themselves laughing when Bryan came bouncing, creaking, and clunking down the dirt road to camp, but he caught trout. (None of them were laughing anymore when they got to ride in the boat!!)

These guys cooked some amazing grub. We had potatoes and sauteed onions,barbecued beef ribs, venison cutlets, ranch style beans, and ELK steaks. That was one dinner!! I was in heaven.

The snow along the banks of the lake was beautiful. There was a Bald Eagle circling over the lake, but I couldn't get good picture of it. It was too good to be true. This was the best time I have ever had at Woods Canyon Lake. I just can't get enough.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

And One Little Piggy Stayed Home........

Denver going after some trout

Monica being silly. (But she wanted trout too!!!)

Dillon would still be in this spot if we did not make him come home.

We went on another adventure, this time to "Fisherman's Point" on Haigler Creek. Again. This one of our new sweet spots. It is off the beaten path, but still easy to get to. It was a beautiful weekend.

Morgan sustained some injuries while sliding in to home, and scoring the only run for her team. She is playing softball for the Cortez Colts. We missed her so much on this trip. Especially her stories and humor around the campfire. We were also short one pack to distribute our supplies for the weekend, but that is not why we missed her. Really. We decided she is coming next time, even if we have to borrow an electric cart from the grocery store!!

We caught two trout and they were yyyyyyuuuuummmmmmmmyyyyyy!!!! Denver continued his tradition and ate their brains. One of the trout was really big and on the larger fish, the boys like to cut open their stomachs to see what they ate. When I was taking him off the hook, a crawdad came out of his mouth! He had three more crawdads in his stomach!! One very hungry trout for some hungry RINGS !!

We had a "father to sons" learning experience while we were there. The boys wanted to throw their hatchets and stick them in trees. I explained to them that they needed special throwing hatchets and lots of practice or it would not work. Dillon proved me wrong by standing about twelve feet away from a tree and perfectly throwing his hatchet into it. I did not authorize this event and they were doing it off in the distance where they thought we could not see, but I saw it and it was pretty cool. I am not exactly sure who learned what, but it did not go as I planned it. (Typical Ring style.)

As you can see from the pictures, this is one of those places that is just paradise. Perfect. We were very sad that one little piggy had to stay home................