|As I mentioned earlier we loaded up Saturday morning and headed for Bismark Lake for a day of fishing and picnicking. There were both puffy white clouds and gray thunderclouds around us. It was actually the best of both worlds because just about the time it began to feel really warm the sun would duck behind a dark cloud for a few minutes. The temperature was wonderful, in the high 70's-low 80's.
Jack & Barb launched first and then we put in. Dick & Lou decided to fish from the shore today instead of taking the SE330 out. Dick's back was bothering him a bit and Lou hurt her wrist so they decided paddling should wait for another day. Turns out they had a pretty good day even from the shore. Larry & I got 4 each, 1 perch & 3 rainbow for Lee Ann, 4 rainbow for Lare. They weren't large enough to keep but boy did they put up a fight. I can't tell you how many more bites we missed but it was plenty. And some seemed to be big ones. You know, the one that got away story, don't you????
About 2pm we decided to hit the shore & the picnic tables for our lunch. Fried chicken, potato salad etc. Yummy...Just about the time we finished the sun moved behind what appeared to be larger, darker clouds so we decided to call it a day. We were back home within 45 minutes, wiped everything down and packed things away and bam, 5 mins later the skies opened up and it poured. Wow, that was good timing!
Jack called about 6pm and said dessert would be served at 7pm at Dick & Lou's. Homemade raspberry cobbler with vanilla ice cream. Delicious as usual. Plans were made to drive to Deadwood the next day around 11am. Turns out that the 4 of them went and Larry & I decided to just stay home and relax.
About 12:30pm we had a terrible hailstorm followed by heavy rains throughout the rest of the day. There were a few breaks in the downpour but it was pretty much the wettest day since we arrived. Unfortunately our awnings, both the patio & the windows, suffered damage from the hail. I took a few pics today to share with our insurance company. Unfortunately, after almost 5 years with our last company, we switched insurance company's just last month. Yikes Good Sam, we'll be calling you tomorrow. We've been in other hail storms with no problem. I guess the age of the awning has a bit to do with it. And the vigor with which the hail stones came down. Onyx was very nervous, well scared, and spent more time on Larry's lap then she has in months! So for that reason alone we were glad we were here to comfort her. Anyway, it was beautiful today & the weather/temperature looks great for the rest of the week. We are so blessed...