November 23, 2012

First Hand Video Proof of Bigfoot

One side adventure I didn't mention about our trip to New York was our quest to find the ever elusive Bigfoot.  Using the skills obtained from watching untold hours of the popular TV show Finding Bigfoot, Lilly & I went deep into the woods to an area prime for Sasquatch habitation.


Believe.


November 20, 2012

Escape To Central New York - The 2012 Edition

As previously mentioned, the family & I just concluded a long weekend's worth of vacation up central New York.  It was very brief, but well worth the trip and pending traffic fines (but more on that later).

Our getaway started on Friday afternoon...I had taken off work and with the car properly packed and the dog dropped off for boarding, we headed from our home outside of Philadelphia, up to Ithaca, NY.  We weren't staying in Ithaca, but wanted to do something before we checked into our hotel in nearby Cortland...so we went waterfalling.  (Is that a verb?)

First stop was Robert H. Treman State Park...where there are several waterfalls and hippies camping.  We hiked in about 3 or so miles from the one parking area.  We saw a few falls on the way, but never quite made it to Lucifer Falls, which was a little further in.  It was getting late and we felt it time to backtrack to the car before it got too dark.


After that, we made a quick stop at Buttermilk Falls.  This one was an easy stop, it's literally 50 yards off the road, practically a roadside attraction and very little walking necessary!


After that we literally went across the street and made pigs of ourselves ate dinner at Buffalo Wild Wings.  It happens.  From there, over to the hotel...

Our accomodations were at the Hope Lake Lodge at Greek Peak.  It's a really nice hotel, quite fancy with all new everything and even little kitchens in each room.  It was the same place we stayed and enjoyed last year.  The plan for Saturday was to sleep in a bit, and then I was going to go fishing in the late morning while K.C. & Lilly went to the indoor waterpark at the hotel...to convene around 3PM to clean up and then head to town for dinner.

So on Saturday while they did this...


I headed over to the West Branch of the Tioughnioga River and did this...


Fishing was an absolute blast.  The river runs right through town and alongside a shopping center that houses the Cortland Line factory store so I didn't only fish, but I also stopped in and picked up some trinkets before heading back to the hotel.  A nice close to a perfect afternoon on the water.

Once reassembled and showered at the hotel, we piled back into the car and went to have dinner at one of our favorite places, the Hollywood Restaurant (a joint that knows how to feed you)...


With full bellies, we closed out the night, and effectively our little vacation back at the hotel.  K.C. goofed around on the internet, Lilly stayed up way past her bedtime, and I watched both Kansas State & Oregon lose their respective football games.  Notre Dame #1...really?

Sunday was the end.  We had breakfast at the hotel, packed up our stuff and headed back to Pennsylvania.  The drive back was comfortable enough...until I got busted for speeding somewhere around Binghamton, NY.  Oh well, I guess the out of state plates and a rear window full of fly fishing stickers will make you an easy target, just ask The River Damsel.  While unhappy to get a ticket, I do gratefully thank the officer for not putting the total screws to me...as he kindly rounded down on the MPH...if you know what I mean.

Anyway, it was a very successful (albeit brief) mission to central New York.  With two years in a row under our belts, this just might become an annual thing.  Well, as long as Groupon keeps on sending discount hotel fares our way.  That said, if we do decide to head North again, K.C. is definitely doing the driving.

November 19, 2012

Tioughnioga Tarpon


Didn't have a blog post in me last night.

Just thought I'd throw up some random pictures from the weekend...with a real post tomorrow.



November 16, 2012

Long Weekend - Central New York

Taking Friday off and going back HERE for the weekend...


It was the scene of a long weekend last year that led to a little fishing and a two part post you can find HERE & HERE.  It's about a month later this year, so it'll be a bit colder.  Still, I'm sure the three of us will find something to do.

I'm writing this on Thursday night and it's late, so I gotta go pack some crap...I'll try not to forget my underwear like last year...that sucked.


November 14, 2012

Hey...To All You Frenchies Out There

Since I decided to post a little bit more lately, I thought I'd wander into the abyss that is Google Analytics and take a look at some traffic numbers.  Having a lot of blog posts under my belt (almost 900), my traffic doesn't fluctuate a ton day to day...there's enough pictures of women in bikinis and Dave Hester saying YUUUP! to keep the demented minds of the interwebs happy and coming back for more.

Huh???

That said, I noticed that Google claims that "trout ragous" was the #2 searched keyword over the last 30 days...and made up about 8% of my inbound traffic via search in that time period...which in relative terms is pretty high.  Actually, going back in time, the same keyword ranks well consistently.  I always figured it was just a misspelling of my blog's name...but it dawned on me last night that it's really a different misspelling.

What people are actually looking for (I'm not sure why) is trout ragoût.  Or the plural version of such.  For those of you who don't know what I'm talking about...it's a stew...and it's pronounced ragoo, like Mr. Magoo with an R in the front, or for those of you that desire a reference that isn't over 50 years old...Ragu spaghetti sauce...even though the Italian in me would never voluntarily eat that crap.

Courtesy: wiseGEEK.com

So here you go you French cuisine Googling bastards (and probably the Le Mouching gang).  Enjoy.

Trout Ragout in red wine mousse & mushrooms with a big white X across it
because I'm really not supposed to be stealing this image

Oh, and here YOU go you boobie Googling fans.  Don't worry, I didn't forget about you either.

Boobs I shouldn't be stealing but it's okay because the URL is embedded in the image

Nothing but top shelf content over at Trout Ragous!


November 13, 2012

Tenkara Tuesday - The Tenkara Paradox

Welcome to Tenkara Tuesday.

I find it amusing that many Tenkara anglers find fishing one fly perfectly reasonable...


...but also find great joy in owning multiple rods.


Beats me, but guilty as charged.  


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November 12, 2012

Occupational Therapy

I really enjoy fishing.

If it was my job, these would be the tools of my trade...


This would be my office... 


This would be both my co-worker...


and boss...


However, fishing is not my occupation, and that's okay.

It only makes one appreciate weekends like the last that much more.

Happy Monday everyone.


November 7, 2012

Guest Post - What’s for Dinner? Serving your Catch of the Day While on Vacation

There was an election or something last night.  That meant watching election coverage on TV and the live streaming of people celebrating and bitching on Facebook & Twitter all evening.  Who had time to write a post?  Not me.  So I pulled out a guest post I had in reserve...

Going on vacation?  Going fishing?  Always hungry?  This post from David Bryce is for you.  Enjoy.

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What’s for Dinner? Serving your Catch of the Day While on Vacation

Many years ago, my wife and I traveled to Hawaii. This vacation/business event was rewarded to a select few of us who reached our year-end-sales quota. My company’s “President’s Club” was a fun-filled, all inclusive week of activities and excursions.

Being from landlocked Missouri, I was thrilled to travel somewhere balmy, a tropical destination in the middle of the great Pacific. I needed a break from all the rigmarole back home and was craving balmy breezes, the crash of the surf and pleasantly plunging my work-laden toes into some wet sand.

I passed on the 4 am mountain bike ride down Maui’s Haleakala Volcano, and though my wife tried to convince me to go, I told her it sounded kind of silly and a bit foolish to waste extra time on land. I had ocean plans; swimming and then drying off on the beach, preferably with a cold drink in my hand. Of course, my wife laughed later that afternoon when she returned from the bike ride and spotted me struggling just beyond the wave break, a boogie board string wrapped around my neck and a sea turtle’s beak latched on my board. After I finally managed to get to the shore, she asked me, “So, how’s that water?” The good news is I still enjoy boogie boarding; I just choose to swim in a little shallower surf now.

In keeping with my proximity to the beach and other seaside interests, we planned a deep sea fishing venture, bright and early the next morning. We signed up to go with another couple from our group and headed out towards the rising sun. We finally got our break, though it wasn’t on my line, my co-worker got a bite and we spotted its tell-tale silvery scales as they breached the blue waters; a Mahi Mahi. After a good twenty minutes of fighting, he finally reeled it in and we were pleased that it weighed in at a good twenty pounds. 


The crew put the fish on ice and when we docked my buddy took it with him to see if one of the local restaurants would cook it for dinner. As luck would have it, a chef from one of the nearby hotel restaurants agreed to serve it. We thoroughly enjoyed our meal and the next time you are on vacation, I would recommend that you too, take advantage of some of the local fare by catching it yourself.

Here’s a look at a few seaside spots where you too, can bring back the catch of the day for yourself:

Seychelles: It’s not easy to get to, but definitely worth the time and effort. Even better? One of the best tasting seafood can be found here; namely Black Marlin. Served grilled, it maintains its firmer flesh and also has a sweeter taste than other ocean faring fish like swordfish.

Gulf Coast: A little closer destination and was not disappointed when I pulled in a great big Red Snapper. What could be better than a day on the gulf? Dinner! Filleted and drizzled with white wine, butter and a splash of lemon.

Alaska: It’s a different kind of beautiful, replace those swaying palms with evergreens and those heady tropical breezes with brisker northwestern gusts and you’ve got a great place to get some of the finest tasting fish in the world; Chinook Salmon. No matter how it’s prepared it is sure to please with its unique rich and savory taste; smoked, filleted, steaks or even prepared as sashimi it is a highly sought after delicacy.

A vacation is fun to get away from the stresses of everyday work and routine, to take advantage of the local fare. If you can plan an excursion that includes fishing, then you can not only enhance your trip, but bring home dinner as well. Your wife might complain about all that time spent at sea, but she’ll thank you for the meal later.

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About The Author:
David Bryce is travel writer who enjoys writing about travel and family vacations. He currently blogs for Thousand Hills Resort in Branson, MO.


November 5, 2012

You Big Dummy


Thank you Fred Sanford.

I didn't go fishing this past weekend, so I deserve that "compliment."

I'm sure some of you went fishing.
Probably caught fish too...or at least that's what my Facebook feed is telling me...


Stop smiling with that goofy grin...
I could stick your face in some dough and make some gorilla cookies.


This post was going somewhere...but...I totally lost my train of thought.
Probably just a case of the Mondays.