We loaded the car with everything that we would need for our trip. We then made a last potty break, and headed our car up to our cottage. We were lucky to not have very much traffic on the road. Sue settled in her seat, and was at ease driving this well known route. My job was to keep her focused on the road and look for wildlife that might encounter on the trip. It started out to be a gorgeous day for driving. There was not much traffic and it was moving at the posted speed. As we ventured down the highway I noticed a dark cloud off in the distance that seemed to be dancing up and down in the sky. As we got closer to that cloud my eyes started to pick out small flecks, and to my surprise those small flecks were thousands of birds traveling together on their to a field where the they would feed. I kept on viewing the country, and I spotted a field with a group of turkeys in it. It was hen with her brood of babies. It was nice to see that group of young birds (thirteen in all) running and trying to keep up with their mother.
We kept on our course, and I kept looking for wildlife. Suddenly, Sue noticed off to her left a deer feeding in the field. It was a buck with a huge set of antlers. I was not sure, but I counted at least twelve points. This fall, he would make a hunter very happy if he gave him a chance.
It was turning out to be a very successful, with no idea of what was in store. As we got close to Milwaukee, we decided it was time for a pit stop. We made a short stop there and stretched our legs. It was short stop and we were off again. We were both surprised how green all the fields were. There were corn fields, where the corn was already knee high before the fourth of July. It was going to a good year for the farmers.
We continued our trek until we came to Green Bay. At Green Bay, we crossed the new bridge and we looked over the water and were surprised to Pelicans standing on the trusses. I could not believe my eyes, There seven of those birds standing there and sunning themselves. It was hard to believe, but it they were there, big as life. Those warm weather birds were all the way up north in Wisconsin.
Upon reaching our cottage, we unlocked the doors and unloaded the car. We opened the shades and looked out at the lake. Seeing the open water and the pine trees surrounding the lake gave you the sense that we really home. The house had been opened and cleaned. The boat was in the water and ready for use.
We stood on the deck, and were surprised to see a Bald Eagle drop down out of the sky and grab a small Northern out of the lake and head over across the lake to it’s nest and feed the two small eaglets that were there. It was nice to see that their nest had been successful this year.
We were busy watching the eagle when we heard the distress of a loon down on the lake. I peered down to the lake and noticed that there a female loon on the lake with a baby that was only a couple days old. That small family would give us hours of enjoyment, as she cared for him and tried to teach that younster all the skills that it would need to survive in the wild.
Once, everything was unpacked and put in its place, we then made sure all our fishing tackle was in place and ready for tomorrow, when we would venture on our boat and test our anglings skills. It has been a year since those skills had been put to use, here’s hoping that we are not too rusty to get the job done.
Later that day, Sue boiled some sugar water and loaded the Humming Bird feeder. When the sugar water cooled down, she hung up the feeder and waited for the show to begin. It was less than hour for it to be notched and the fun to begin. The female found it first, and she drank her fill before she shot away and was gone. In less than twenty minutes she was back. This kept going on until we noticed that the rapid action that we were watching was more than one bird.The male, with his bright red head, was easy to spot. In fact, I noticed that were actually two different birds making a strong effort themselves noticed by the females that visiting the feeder. It was a joy watching those two males trying to impress the females by flying up and down and back and forth hoping to impress those females. They were so busy trying to impress the females, they did not notice how close I had gotten to the feeder. I had my camera and managed to get some very close up pictures of those small and delicate birds.
Later that day, we ventured out on the lake in our daily attempt to catch a keeper bass, that we could clean and have for dinner. The trip was successful and I managed to catch a couple of undersized bass and one keeper that was nineteen inches long and three and a half pounds.
Sue did her usual expert job in filleting that fish and that bass a perfect meal for the two of us.
After dinner, when the dishes were done, we got in our car and searched the back roads looking for deer out feeding in the fields. We were very lucky that night and we spotted thirty deer out feeding in the open fields. They were bucks,does and fawns all feeding on the fresh cut
crops.. According to what we saw in the fields, later this fall, the deer hunters would have a very successful season.
On Friday it was fish fry night, and we decided to go out to eat and taste the local fish fries.We went to our favorite restaurant and was shocked by all the people that were there. We had to wait thirty minutes before we were seated and believe me it was worth the wait. The fish was fresh and lightly breaded and then deep fried. It was served with coleslaw, your choice of potatoes and fresh bread. I see why all the locals rave about that place. The food was delicious, and well worth the price, and the help was very friendly.
All in all, this trip to the cottage was very successful, with the weather, fishing success, wildlife encountered, and success in relaxing. It was just what we needed to make the summer a success.
Story by Synapse House Member, Tom W.
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