Let’s go fishing – Adventures for Families

Hey guys!

I’m barely squeezing in my second post for this week … but even at 11:30pm I’m still meeting my goal for two posts a week!  Yea me!

Anyway, if you’ve been following my blog for a while, you know of my LOVE for adventures.  Especially last minute ones!  Last month I told you about our love for the Children’s Museum – what an awesome place that is!  Read about our experiences here. But, not all of our adventures mean going to a “place” or even spending much money … usually the best adventure is about learning something new and just spending time together.

Today our adventure was one of my favorites and a first in the Garvey household.  We knew that we only had one more day left of spring break to play.  So, last night we called the kiddos together and had a family brainstorm about how we wanted to spend our day.  Everyone had a chance to offer a suggestion and we asked Bryce to act as our scribe.  (He loves any chance he gets to be a leader!)

Everyone came up with wonderful ideas and just doing the brainstorm was a blast!  After we had developed a great list, we all voted on what we wanted to do.  And, going fishing together got the most votes!  I was super excited!

My Dad used to take me fishing all the time as a girl.  I loved it … I don’t know if it was the fishing exactly or just spending time with my Dad.  But, I have a lot of wonderful memories of this exact adventure … so I was really looking forward to it!

We woke up early and made it to the lake around 8am (don’t laugh, that’s early for us!!)  and the boys could hardly wait to start.  So, after a quick casting lesson, we let them go for it!  Two seconds later, Cole had accidently tossed his pole into the lake in an extra exuberant cast!  Too funny!

It was SO fun to watch the different ways the boys experienced this adventure.  Bryce was perfectly happy to cast his line and patiently wait for a fish to bite.  Cole was as busy as always and cast his line into the water every 30 seconds or so.  We spent half the morning untangling his line!  And Jax?  Well, he chased and fed the ducks all morning and had a grand time!

After a few hours we called it a day … without getting a single bite.  But, it didn’t matter.  We all had a great time learning, laughing, watching the boys have a new experience and making new memories.

It was a great day!

Here’s how you can do it too!  You’ll need fishing poles, bait, possibly a fishing license depending on where you live, and a whole lot of patience.  Any of these products (minus the patience – oh I wish!!) can be purchased at your local outdoor store or Walmart.  You may also want to bring sunscreen, hats, and camp chairs.

Fish bite best in the early morning and late afternoon … so plan your adventure accordingly!  Casting your line and baiting your hook takes some practice, but it’s all part of the fun!  Remember, you may not catch anything!  But,  just enjoy the time together and don’t forget to bring your camera … you’ll for sure want to capture a memory or two!




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by bethany

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Catherine LaporteMarch 20, 2011 - 2:53 pm

Awesome adventure Bethany. Love the last pic and the one of Jax and the ducks. You are so great!!! You inspire me!! Love you!

Kari HoltMarch 20, 2011 - 4:10 pm

Looks and sounds like an absolute blast had by all!! We did a few “new to us” this this weekend to end our Spring Break with a *bang* and had a fabulous time as a family! Fishing has been done at Steve’s family cabin in UT and at my parents’ in CA, but I’ve never thought to take them around here {or anywhere, really … they love to go w/ my dad and Steve’s dad} – might have to add that to our list … right after the Children’s Museum 😉

Amy HillMarch 24, 2011 - 9:57 pm

I LOVE this! So glad you posted these! When we drove by and Jack saw your boys, he asked the entire rest of the day if we could go fishing too! I am totally adding this to our own list of new adventures. Neither of us know a thing about fishing, so thank you for the tips!

Vicki ClemanMarch 30, 2011 - 6:28 am

How great! So much fun and I loved the picture of the list of things to do and the boys enthusiasm over the fishing choice. This will be something they will always remember and talk about. Their faces say it all.

David SchugMay 16, 2011 - 1:03 pm

Looks like they are having more fun when fishing! It could be even more, if their Dad is there with them on those photos. Fishing is a true great bonding moment for fathers and sons. It is the only activity that strengthens their relationship. This is now actually becoming more customary rather than just a simple activity.

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