Got up this Sunday morning and wrote this for my “I Remember” book. Just needed to express some thoughts about how we are anticipating another trip to the great land of Alaska.
We leave for Alaska tomorrow. Have been packed for a week. Tied up about two dozen leaders and flies. Got the rods and reels in carry on type bags so if everything else gets lost we can start fishing right away…..Licenses have been purchased on line. Been watching hours of YouTube videos showing the places on the Kenai River that we fish.
I think back to the days that started all this addiction to fishing. It was on the Cothran’s front porch at 507 North Lake Avenue in Lakeland. One of the Cothran men had been a surveyor in Alaska in the late 40s. He would sit and tell us of his fishing adventures in Alaska and show us photos. He would also show us split bamboo fly rods.
At the age of six or seven years all I could do was dream of that great land and those beautiful fish….Lake Wire, Lake Morton, Lake Parker and Lake Bonnie were my reality at the time. My prized tackle at the time was a cane pole, corks, hooks and split shot.
As I pen this at three score and ten plus 4, well “half past fall”, in my allotted time, blessed, blessed, blessed are words that come to my mind.
“It is well with my soul” in many areas at this time and I am thankful…When that last sunset falls for me it will still be well with my soul. My physical remains, ashes, will be scattered upon the flowing waters of the Kenai River in Alaska and my spirit will fly away to something eternal and better than any fishing I have ever done.
Hope all are well, sharp hooks, tight lines to all, fish on! God Bless!