Our Visit to Crane's Lochaven Lodge - September 2009
V Charboneau
9/30/2009
adknbvi@dca.net

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On the drive to Lochaven, we stayed at the Sunset Inn in North Bay.  It was a great hotel and we could walk to dinner at Winnie's.

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On the beach in North Bay
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Mallards in North Bay
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The Pier at Sunset Inn
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Black Cat on the hunt
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Beautiful clear night
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Sunset Inn from the lake

On Saturday morning, we arrived at Crane's.  We settled into our cabin and then headed out to get some afternoon fishing in!

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Our cabin at Lochaven
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French River
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Check out the lips on that fish
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Tim shows off his sucker
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Shoreline of Lochaven
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Mom & Dad fishing
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Tim on the dock
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Mom and Dad fishing
 

On Sunday, Eric was our guide for the day.  Dad caught a good-sized bass, early in the day, but due to size, it had to go back.   Eric caught the only "keeper" of the morning (THANK YOU ERIC!).  He cooked us a delicious lunch of bass, potatoes, onions, summer sausage, and baked beans - with homemade chocolate chip cookies warmed on the fire for dessert. It was wonderful and it all happened in between rain showers.   After lunch, the weather cleared off a bit and we saw blue skies. Valerie caught the biggest fish of the day - her first Northern Pike. A musky must have been after it because it had several big slash marks in it, and it was missing half its tail.  It was a very fresh wound.

We saw a hawk (sharp-shinned, we think) and several bald eagles including two eaglets.

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Dad's Smallmouth
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Tim enjoys the scenery
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Dad on the pontoon boat
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Eric guides, Mom is chilly
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Eric helps Valerie
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The mangled Pike
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That must hurt!
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Sharp-shinned hawk
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Sharp-shinned hawk
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On the pontoon boat
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Bald Eaglet
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Bald Eaglet
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Sunset at Lochaven

The next day was rather gray.  We fished in the morning in the drizzle - chased out only when the thunder and lightning took over.  Tim went back out in the PM, but Val just stayed warm in the cabin (was she sleeping or working on the laptop?  No one will ever know)

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Near Grassy Bay
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Near Grassy Bay
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Tim sporting his Gore-tex
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Drizzly morning
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Beaver house
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Interesting clouds

It was a great trip as always!  Just too short.  It's such a long drive up, we need to stay longer!