Weekends during the summer camping with friends at the river was very much looked forward to for several years.
We had a favorite spot to set up camp where there were lots of trees with wonderful shade. After unloading the cars and setting up everything we would enjoy just sitting under the trees and visiting for a while.
The trees gave us shade, cooled us from the heat and provided us a place to string a line to dry our clothes. We did most of our fishing at night so we napped some during the day. It was easy to fall asleep listening to the rustling of the leaves in the trees.
We watched the children fish and play during the day. At night we baited our hooks, set out our poles and sat in chairs or laid on cots dozing off and on until we heard the awaited “zing” sound…then we would all jump up and run to see who had something on their line. We were all excited and thinking it was our line with a nice, big catfish on it. Some nights the turtles kept us busy but that didn’t keep us from looking and expecting to see a catfish.
One night we all were hoping a very large catfish was on my line after seeing the end of my rod dip way down, but we figured it was more than likely a large turtle on my line. It was difficult to reel in but I finally got it near enough to the bank that I could reach down and pick it up to see what it was. When I pulled it up there in my hand was a snake. Well, I didn’t hold that snake for long it was dropped right back in the water with a big splash.
I reeled the snake on to the bank of the river and we saw why it was so difficult to reel in. It had wrapped itself in fishing line and the hook had hung on to the line in the middle of the snakes body…I was reeling it in sideways. We cut the line off and let the snake go. That was the first and only snake I have touched. I don’t dislike snakes they have their place on this earth, but I do like giving them their space.
I think some of the best food I ever ate was what we cooked on the river…it was delicious. Catfish right from the river to the frying pan…hard to beat that. Served up with some fried potatoes, corn on the cob, green beans, sliced onion and tomatoes all straight out of the garden oh, so yummy. Those days were some of the most fun and memorable days of my life.