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Old 12-19-2016, 09:10 PM   #11
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I'm afraid it reached 77f today. We had a couple of whales cruise by. Life's tough on the west coast.
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Old 12-19-2016, 11:52 PM   #12
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But you don't have ice fishing, you don't know what you're missing...
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Old 12-24-2016, 07:15 PM   #13
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But you don't have ice fishing, you don't know what you're missing...
Sure they do. After they fix their highballs, they have to take the tongs and fish around in the ice bucket for the perfect piece of ice.

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Old 12-25-2016, 12:43 PM   #14
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+1, irrespective of whether it was intended in jest. Ice fishing is one of the few things I miss from my early life in Canada.
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I've lived in Minnesota for 46 years and have NEVER ice fished. There are some things I plan not to ever do like ice fish and eat lutefisk.
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Old 12-25-2016, 03:18 PM   #16
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I live in Ca, most people run when they hear "ICE".
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Old 12-25-2016, 07:54 PM   #17
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I.C.E.! Right?
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Old 12-25-2016, 08:26 PM   #18
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+1, irrespective of whether it was intended in jest. Ice fishing is one of the few things I miss from my early life in Canada.
I spent a lot of time ice fishing, more accurately fishing on ice, with my Dad while growing up in Minnesota. I left the state at age 22 when I joined the Navy. I don't miss fishing on ice because it has memories of me being perpetually cold.

But I do remember it being a lot of fun to spear fish for large Northern Pike inside an ice house. The worst part was cutting that big hole in the ice to spear fish. We spear fished in shallow water about 3-4 feet deep. Seeing that big fish go after you lure was a real thrill.

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I've lived in Minnesota for 46 years and have NEVER ice fished. There are some things I plan not to ever do like ice fish and eat lutefisk.
We don't call it lutefisk where I come from, but I absolutely love it. If I could find it for sale in Houston, I would buy it.

Everyone freezes half to death while ice fishing - at least they did in my day. It was part of the appeal. These days, some folks have fancy little shacks that they tow out on skids, that sit over the holes. But nobody had the likes of that years ago.

I used to participate in ocean ice fishing on ice skates (where I'm from is far enough north that the ocean bays freeze over). Fish for a while, then when a hypothermic coma was about to set in, break off and skate like mad to get some body heat going, then return to the hole, rinse, repeat. We all learned at a very young age to keep checking our fingernails for that telltale bluing. And to watch the lips of our friends for same.
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I drove I-10 to Florida from California and back this time last year. If you are going East to Florida there are a number of parks along the Gulf Coast around Pensacola. Here is one:

Camping | Alapark

Be prepared for heavy rain and tornado warnings. I drive a lot of miles in all conditions, but I must say my drive into Pensacola late in the evening after 12 hours behind the wheel went down as one of my most challenging driving in the rain experiences. I hit some extremely heavy rain on I-10 that windshield wipers could not keep up with. I had to reduce my speed. Once in South Carolina it rained so hard, everyone just pulled over to the side of the road. I have never used it before but if I return I may put RainX in wiper fluid tank. Being Winter get this stuff:

https://www.rainx.com/product/windsh...-washer-fluid/


If you head West, I enjoyed my stay in Fort Davis about 45 minutes south of I-10 down RT. 17 (South).

Davis Mountains State Park — Texas Parks & Wildlife Department

I look forward to returning when I get my camper van to spend some time exploring this area of West Texas in the Marfa and Alpine area. Big Bend State Park is down the road on the border.
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