Planning TheTwoFour 2012

Sweet Jemima it’s almost here and I’ve got nothing yet on deck!  This must be fixed.  This year it seems the task of finding and booking the place has fallen on my head, and since this is the first time I’ve done it I’ll try to share what I’ve found.

I’m booking for six people, which is a good thing.  It allows for the distribution of work and finances.  You make the food list how you want it, then you mail out who is supposed to bring what.  You’ll always wind up with more food than you need, but that’s part of the fun.  It also keeps the cost of putting a roof over your head down.

I’ve started my search where any child of the 90s would, the internet.  Google is wonderful ain’t it?  I’m looking for a smaller, less family-friendly place to bring 6 heavyweight drinkers and all-around awesome folks and I’ve found a few.  These places are in the region I want too, up in the French River, which is a fishing Mecca.  The first step is emailing them.  I know, the best of these places are managed on site by the owners so their internet isn’t always up to snuff, but it shows ambition, modernity, and gives me a quick and easy in.  If they want my business more than the next guy, they’ll email me back.

I’ve got a number of replies from a whole gamete of places now though, so I’m setting to the task of sorting through them in an attempt to find the best one for our trip.  It must have a dock and boat launch, probably need a boat rental, and we need sleeping quarters for everyone.  That’s about it, and seems simple right?  Hopefully it is.  If it isn’t, then whatever, I’m just going to go to Six Mile Lake.


Ice fishing anyone?

I haven’t done a lot of ice fishing in my life, but I’ve done enough so that I could get excited about the prospect of a 3-day fishing trip in February.  Having just come back, I can say that I’m hooked (har har).  This is much more social than the other type of fishing with soft water, and if you were to go alone, you’ll get a much more tranquil time.  The silence of winter can be deafening, especially when you get the stark contrast against the snowmobiles and power augers you’ll hear.

Cold as hell, and desolate. It’s PERFECT!

But it’s definitely fishing.  You must go out of the city, at least for good fishing.  You must have some rudimentary tools, like a rod, and there’s some really fun accoutrements like a camera to lower down a close hole, or expensive lures.  The thrill you get when the tip of the line moves is as unparalleled as it’s warm-weather counterpart.  The real problem people have with it is that the lack of casting makes you sit and wait for the fish to come to you.  Instead, you need the social aspect to step it up a notch.  If you have good conversation partners you’ll love it.

We did indeed catch a great fish too!  It’s similar to this video: