yesterday was a banner day in regards to turning this southern boy into a snow bird. i spent around 10 hours on random sheets of ice all around stevens point. bright & early tuesday morning andy lickel the intervarsity campus minister at uwsp introduced me to the wonderful world of ice fishing. it was awesome. i had been thinking that there was no way that i would ever enjoy ice fishing and i was prepared to wait until the rivers thawed to begin my wisconsin fishing experience. thankfully though andy convinced me to try it and i loved it. i ended up buying some basic equipment and going back on the ice yesterday afternoon. i’ll also probably go back out tomorrow and/or friday morning or afternoon.
the only freaky thing about the fishing was the “mud puppy” that i caught. a “mud puppy” is a large aquatic salamander. the one i caught was somewhere between 15″ and 18″ long and probably weighted around a pound to a poun and a half. it truly freaked me out when i pulled it out of the hole. i didn’t know if the thing was safe or not. thankfully i didn’t scream like a girl because i doubt that would go over very well with the kind of guys who ice fish.
you can see a photo of the “mud puppy” here.
after the two ice fishing experiences i had a curling match and once again we won. our team record now is 7 -1. not bad for a white boy from alabama. of course, i am but far the worst player on our team.
if any of you have a spare moment for prayer i could really use it for tapestry. i have begun the process of specifically asking people to be a part of a core group. both they and i could really use GOD’s direction in knowing who should be involved in this thing.