Have you ever been snowshoeing? Have you ever cooked sushi?
I am a firm believer in trying to find new things every week to enjoy! I’ll go to a comedy show, or go see the Silver Knights soccer team play – just to try something new. You never know if you’ll like something if you don’t even give it a chance! Sometimes, I might not be so hot on the activity (especially making sushi – just buy it!) but other times, it’s cool to push yourself out of your comfort zone and try something new!
This weekend, my “chance” was given to ice fishing. Some of my friends are avid ice fishers, and this weekend was the Erieville Ice Fishing Derby – so I figured I’d give it a try. First of all, to prepare I had so many layers on you couldn’t tell if I was a lady or a man. Long johns, sweat pants, snow pants (or the intention of, but that’s a whole other story) hoodies, coats, gloves, scarves – I was going to be in the cold for hours in the middle of a lake, I needed to be prepared! Walking on the ice is the first challenge – slipping, drudging through the 8+ inches of snow we got the day before, it seemed like the set-up was miles away. Thankfully I had some experienced ice fishermen with me who wanted to teach me how to do it. I got to learn all about baiting the line, hooking the fish, and most importantly – beers in a can make a slushy almost instantly while ice fishing.
After two hours of sitting, literally staring at a hole (with only one bite) I came up empty handed. The other fishermen I was with did catch a couple. Here’s a picture of my friend with a small mount bass (unfortunately out of season so it went back into the lake)
I must admit, I did spend a good hour of the time on the ice in a nice heated shelter … it still counts, right? I had a pole in the lake for two hours!
Here’s the important factor (at least for me), it’s not the activity itself that makes something enjoyable, it’s the company you keep.
Go out and try something new this week!