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John W. Race 1926 - 2014 H azel B. Race 1917 - 2011

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John W. Race John Race was more than just a man… he was Norfolk… from the fields of Norfolk to the peak of Long Point his heart belonged here. He was a man ahead of his time. He saw what we as a county could become… long before any of us realized our potential. He was about doing, about ideas, about growing, about caring and helping others. And he was my friend! Back in the summer of 2002 I was living on a billboard raising funds for the Norfolk Youth & Children Association (NYCA) with Steve Sabourin and Steve had invited John to come by for a visit. At the time, I had never met John, but Steve had said that he was a doer and Steve felt he and I would hit it off. John and Hazel stopped by later that evening and made a donation. John suggested that when I was done on the billboard that perhaps I should come visit him. So I did… and from that day on, I considered John a friend. Soon every two to three weeks, I would pop in, grab a couple of coffees and he and I would sit and chat… about everything, from politics, to charities, to our families to our hopes and dreams. If I didn’t stop by, John would call and ask how things were and if we were okay. I was always amazed when he called, he took the time to check in on Monica and I and our family. He reinforced in me how important it was just to let someone know you care about him or her. When we decided to start the Norfolk Hub he was the first person I went to for advice. He was frank and honest with me and made it clear it would be no easy task… but he felt that if anyone could do it, we could. He loved the concept of the paper… good news… and John understood that was something Norfolk needed. It was his blessing that convinced us it could be done. He was the only person of all that I chatted with who thought it could work, who believed in us, and that was good enough for me. Of course he and Hazel had their own little newspaper experience that he shared with Monica and I on the first day our paper came out. John showed up with a brown envelope and explained to us that many years before, he and Hazel had a friend who kept after them to invest in a project that this gentlemen was doing in Toronto. John says

that Hazel and he finally decided to invest in this idea with (the late) Peter Worrington… John pulls out the paper, wishes Monica a happy birthday and hands us a copy of the first Toronto Sun (dated the month that Monica was born)… then he coyly smiles and says, ‘Hazel and I did okay on that investment!’ With the paper up and running our visits became more regular and our conversations expanded on just how Norfolk could grow and how to go about it. John saw so much potential in the folks in the community and he helped as many as he could. This month’s magazine is a tribute to John and Hazel. We wanted you, the reader, to have a keepsake. I doubt we will ever see such a dynamic couple of community leaders again. So to John and Hazel, Thank You, we will miss you greatly! Dave Scott Photo by

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Reflections on my F ather (our Grandfather)–John W. Race It has now been just over three weeks since my Father peacefully took his last breath. He was at home being cared for by his family and a wonderful group of caregivers. His last five weeks were a quick downhill slide for a vibrant man who for years had been spotted wearing his red cap virtually everywhere in Norfolk. He knew every road in the County and many of the people. He loved the area and wanted its citizens to work together to create an economy for families to live here and promote Ontario’s South Coast for tourism. Since his passing we have had many conversations, letters and phone calls from friends and family with a common theme that the people he knew and who knew him have vivid stories about interactions with Dad and fond memories of the positive influences he had on their lives. Yesterday I had a wonderful phone conversation with a close friend of Dad’s from Santa Fe, New Mexico. Dad had met Alan sleeping on mats if Tahiti and Fiji over 30 years ago. He and his wife lived in the Los Angeles area at the time and the couples got together with reasonable frequency over the years. Alan is now retired from a career in finance and money management and he was quite emotional as he told me how much my Dad meant to him and what a privilege it was to know him and spend time with him. That was my Father. He had great friends in Norfolk but his closest friends were a Chinese merchant from Hong Kong, children of a wartime girlfriend in southern England, a business partner and friend from Vancouver, a retired business owner from Toronto who built a house in the same subdivision in 1950 and an Amish farmer from Indiana… All very different people but the common theme was high moral standards and a compassion for others. He spoiled his son and grandchildren but there were always lessons about the benefits of work, frugalness and the benefits of giving back. As long as we were working and helping ourselves he gave us advice and opportunities that few people receive. When I was in my final year of high school he took my cousin, Peter Hellyer, and me to Hong Kong, Tokyo, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and into the jungles of East Malaysia to visit with Dr. Robert McClure who was a Canadian Doctor and missionary. I can’t imagine another adventure that will top it. His grandsons enjoyed a trip to Disneyworld but were also taken to England and my oldest son’s trip included stops in Iceland and a boat cruise to Greenland and into northern Hudson Bay to Nunavut. All were adventures that Dad wanted to experience and life changing opportunities for his family. He had 88 very full years but much was left to do. I don’t think he ever pictured himself really slowing down and was frustrated over the past few years when he needed a nap after lunch or couldn’t make the trips that were still on his list. He passed away on April 16th but four months earlier was talking to his travel agent about making a (final) trip to England and France. A wonderful opportunity to see friends, enjoy London, drive through the Chunnel and visit at least one of the World War II memorials on the beaches of France. I think he knew at the time that he wasn’t going to have the strength to make the trip but it would have been wonderful if he had been able to pull it off. He left an amazing legacy and hopefully taught his family lessons that we will use as we conduct our lives. Big shoes to fill but we have memories of a great role model and friends that he leaves behind who I am sure will keep an eye on us and will not be afraid to point out when we stray from the game plan. We will have a different focus and (at least for now) don’t live in Norfolk but we look forward to continuing the legacy and know that he will be watching us with a twinkle in his eyes and not afraid to waggle his finger at us when needed. Philip Race Norfolk Hub May 2014


Three Red Carnations The Norfolk Hub, January 18, 2010 ~ By Dave Scott

I went and sat with a friend last week whose wife has struggled with Alzheimer’s since 2001. At first I wasn’t sure if this was a conversation I wanted to have. I know last year I wrote about my grandmother’s struggles with dementia… and her passing. I guess I wondered if it was something I wanted to do to have a good story, or something I needed to do to find answers to the questions that puzzled me about living with this disease. Was I looking for a silver lining? The respect I carry for my friend makes me want to talk about it. Yet a part of me wants to just assume everything is okay in his life and leave the Alzheimer’s discussion for another time. I took a day or two and mulled it over deciding that yes, the story needs to be out front if the family wanted it to be. It is one thing to tell my family’s story but when you talk of others it can be hard on them and their family. I walked into John Race’s office and there he sat busy as usual. His son, Philip, was working at his desk off to the side. I quietly explained to both John and his son that I would like to tell their story about living with Alzheimer’s. You see John’s wife, Hazel, was diagnosed back in 2001. John sighed when asked and looked over at his son. The last few months had been tough on the men with the disease progressing a little quicker. John looked back and agreed to chat about his wife’s condition. He told me about the day they realized there was a problem. Hazel for years had driven herself over to Waterford to get her hair done. Heck, she grew up out that way and it was in her neck of the woods. John explained, that day she called him and said that she had got lost driving over to the hairdresser. John went to assist his wife but knew then something was wrong. The early signs were there. Tests were done and it was confirmed that Hazel had Alzheimer’s! Since that time Hazel has taken medication, which has helped slow the process. I asked Philip what was the one characteristic that he missed in his Mom. He told me of Hazel’s thirst for reading books and newspapers. ”She could discuss world politics with the best of them.” She was an accomplished pianist and wonderful singer. She was ahead of her time and a very

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independent woman. Today Philip sees the toll this horrible disease has had on his mom but is amazed how she will still figure things out. It is almost as though she finds another way within herself to reconnect some things.

Hazel and John Race John looks back fondly on his 60 years of marriage and cherishes every moment that he and Hazel share these days. Thinking back, he fondly recalls working in the same general office in 1948 and a brave gal sneaking up behind him and snipping off the cowlick hair that stood proudly at the top of his head… he was flabbergasted! He talks of dating in 1949 and being married to Hazel in 1950. John tells me of lean beginnings for him and Hazel and explains that he could only afford three red carnations for those early anniversaries and birthdays. The carnations became that staple of love over the last 60 years. The joy in John’s voice as he shares these incredible moments with me, tells me that this is a love that even Alzheimer's will not defeat. Early on in the diagnosis, John asked Hazel if she was comfortable if they disclosed her condition. She agreed and at an Alzheimer’s meeting John stated that Hazel had Alzheimer’s. It was time for the Races to turn the tables and use their situation to raise more awareness and educate the public to have a better understanding of just what Alzheimer’s is. Hazel reflected at the time, telling John of her mother sending her out into the fields as a child to look for her grandmother.

John decided that for too long folks have turned away from this disease not understanding what it does to a person or the family involved. The care required, those who were shunned and taken out of the public eye. John knew it was time to talk openly about Alzheimer’s, to encourage folks to come forward and talk, to educate and raise awareness of what we can do to help. When that same person is physically strong, still mentally capable with just the memory slowly slipping away, skills as simple as dressing oneself have been forgotten. The newspaper being read over and over and the same questions coming back wondering, did you read this? Until finally the paper is removed so the question can be quieted. Days lost, dinners wiped clean daily as though they never happened. Maybe a good day here or there where childhood memories will come flooding back. Perhaps the same Christmas card set out daily to be seen to provide that fun loving laugh to make the person smile just one more time. The tucking in at night saying, “I love you!” Just to hear the words come back one more time to feel the hope and joy of another day. There are tough emotional days for the family… John says a few tears have been shed late at night. It can be frustrating and John doesn’t know how he could have ever done it without the support of his son and the caregivers who come daily and assist Hazel. At this point John’s voice is rising as he wonders how folks are getting by with a loved one with Alzheimer’s. He admits he is blessed to have the wherewithal to have home care. But what about those who don’t? John feels strongly that we need to strengthen the links between the doctor, family, patient and society, to open those lines of communication, to create a future for Alzheimer's patients. John reminds us that people with Alzheimer’s have needs and wants too and they have difficulty expressing what they would like. It’s hard but we need to be patient and help! I left John’s office hoping for the best for both him and Hazel… 60 years together… strong… facing the harsh reality of just what this disease robs John and Hazel of… I am glad John shared their story… and my respect for him and Hazel just went up another notch!

Three Guys and a Lancaster The Norfolk Hub, October 5, 2009 ~ By Dave Scott

As I pulled into the parking lot of the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in Mount Hope, I observed three local Guys hopping out of their car. I was about to yell ‘HELLO’ but something stopped me and I just watched for a moment. There was a jump in their step… and a big grin across each one’s face. They reminded me of three mischievous youngsters who were about to get into a whole mess of trouble. Suddenly one turned, saw me and waved me over. I could sense the excited anticipation as I greeted Gord Maskell, John Race and Dave Ferris. You see, these boys were about to take the flight of a lifetime, they were going to climb aboard the vintage Lancaster Airplane from W WII. The fellows enter the museum and are sent to the rear of the hanger. It is here that they receive their instructional briefing for their flight, go over safety instructions, learn a little history about the plane and sign those waivers! The gentleman performing the briefing

just happened to be a retired fighter pilot. He explained to the men that it would be a very noisy flight and they would be using hand signals to communicate. Once the plane was airborne the guys could get up and walk around. Also there were some small plastic bags in the front of their seats… in case they needed them… The retired fighter pilot explained that they would be in a small dark area when the doors closed and he asked our guys to think about what the men went through all those years ago. The guys understood very well. Dave, Gord and John each have a great appreciation for all of our military folks, past and present. As these three approached the plane, their eyes were as big as saucers and they looked like kids eyeing up a chocolate cake. They climbed aboard near the rear of the plane, making their way up the small ladder. A reminder came from the crew to watch their heads just as they needed to duck under. Gord, Dave and John climbed in. The

excitement was brewing. I watched as the Lancaster rolled out towards the runway. I thought, you lucky dogs… flying in a piece of history (only two left in the world of the 7,300 built during war time) 1200 feet in the air… taking in the views, scurrying over the waters of Lake Erie… heading down Norfolk Street in Simcoe. I think I was just as excited as they were! Soon enough, they were returning, the Lancaster was pulling up and our trio were emerging from the plane. Our guys, with big eyes and excitement in their voices, reminded me of kids who ate a little too much cake. We all headed into the cafeteria for lunch and to talk about the great adventure that had just occurred. The conversation started all at once with Gord talking about how loud it was and the

Continued on next page. Above photo, from left: Gord Maskell, John Race and Dave Ferris.

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H eart of a Warrior… Soul of a Saint!

John and Philip Race at the Remembrance Day Ceremony in Waterford.

The Norfolk Hub, November 19, 2013 ~ By Dave Scott

I watched an old friend who served in the military during W WII at the Remembrance Day Ceremony in Waterford. His eyes were riveted to the cenotaph as the wreaths were laid down. The weather was cold with a harsh wind and a pounding rain that came and went. He stood quietly, unwavering… the strength of the moment gripping him with energy he finds once a year at this time.

A large crowd had gathered as young and old alike looked on to pay their respects. But the man I watched looked through time, stirred by the sounds of the last roll call… time stood still for an instant… and the old soldier was young once more… if only for a moment. I thought to myself, these men never forget. With age, memories within never die and their hearts ache for the

fallen soldiers. It is the badge of honour. They must carry on. Their silence is to be respected. The untold stories that simmer beneath the depth of a hidden past. When they do speak, we need to listen with the utmost attention to detail. For it is their lessons and stories that will teach the rest of us to understand how precious life is and how easily it can be taken from us. To all our soldiers… Thank You!

Three Guys and a Lancaster... vibration of the plane and about how cool it was to be able to wander about the plane once it was in the air. The view was unbelievable! Dave described the flight as one of the most incredible experiences he had ever had; it was unique. Dave’s dad was able to see the plane as it flew over Dover. I could tell that meant a lot to Dave. He takes pride in history and understands the importance of past men, women and machines that have helped to shape this country.

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As our conversation continued, I noticed John Race was locked in, looking out at the airstrip. He seemed to be processing some far off time in his life. Perhaps he was thinking of the parade square where he stood as a young soldier in England watching the Lancasters fly overhead. Maybe, he was thinking about some of his buddies he served with. Possibly, he was thinking of the beauty he had seen as they flew over the lighthouse at Long Point or as the Lancaster swooped across the lake

at barely 100 feet, or the fabulous banking the plane did. It’s anyone’s guess what John was thinking. Our conversation was starting to wind down. John asked Gord if he tapped on the plane to feel the vibration. Gord said, ‘YES.’ John said quietly, ‘Just TIN, there was nothing really there to stop the bullets coming into the plane…’ I think I know now what John was thinking about on the flight.

John W. Race I first met JWR at the launch of the Family Fund, to support John’s Charity of choice, the NGH foundation and their goal of expanding the ER. John and Donna Ratrowsky were the Co-Chairs of the campaign. I introduced myself. Immediately John jumped in, “Do you know John Eddy?” “Of course” I said, “I worked for John and his Family’s company for years before moving to Newfoundland, then Simcoe. John Eddy is a good friend of mine.” “I know,” said JWR. “He’s my Nephew.” I looked back at John W and quickly saw something I got used to seeing: (though never tiring of it) A big face covering grin, accompanied with a chuckle. Thus began my relationship with my great and good friend JOHN W. RACE! Like having a good knowledge about me, John always seemed to have a leg up on what was going on. He knew who was moving up, selling, buying, etc. Nobody had their ear to the ground like him. John was a sponge for information. He read the Globe and Mail most days cover to cover. He devoured every local paper and newsletter. There was nothing better than a good lunch with him (he preferred a sandwich with soup, usually down the street from his office at the HiWay). It was shortly after meeting him that I told him about my idea of hosting a Radiothon on behalf the Norfolk General Hospital. He told me it was a great idea and I should pursue it. Working with the fund raising consultant, and Larry Dawson, head of the PR committee, we laid out plans. Deep in my heart, I knew this would work, as I’d seen it succeed in Charlottetown, and in Corner Brook, Newfoundland, where my competitor had incredible success. Every single dollar raised in the year by the Foundation there was announced and attributed to the Radiothon. But I was worried, as I felt no “Buzz” in the market. I went to see John, unannounced, at his office the afternoon beforehand and expressed my concerns. John, ever the wise man, (which became my affectionate nickname for him) said, “Don’t you worry, I think everything will be fine.” I immediately felt better and left. John, with his typical hands on spirit and approach, worked as a greeter and receipt writer the next day. Things were going okay, with lots of calls and donations from listeners in the $10-$500 range. But, as the day wound down, we were short of target. I was getting fidgety. I looked over at John and he was grinning with that look I mentioned earlier. Again, he knew something I didn’t! I looked over to see two fellows, obviously just out of the fields. “You’re going to like this!” John said. It was, as I was introduced to them, “Two Farmers from Vittoria”.

Tom Haskett and John Cooper. They had a cheque for twenty thousand dollars, enough to put us over the top for our target! I was ecstatic. John just smiled. Over my years there, we delivered over a million dollars for NGH at the Radiothons, and none of it would have happened without John and his support. “My favourite image of him is a recurring one. John with that impish grin, rubbing his hands together with glee, saying “Oh Boy! Oh Boy! Oh Boy!” Whether it was before a good meal, (I don’t understand how he weighed so little, with his love of food) a good drink, or event, I’ve never met anybody who loved life more than he. John, even in the waning years, met every day with enthusiasm and anticipation. Perhaps my greatest accomplishment with him was organizing a vacation for him on a tour of Newfoundland. He had been to St. Johns a long time ago with Hazel at a convention, but had it on his bucket list to see the Province. We spent ten days going East to West and North to South. We saw the typical wet stormy day and had fish ‘n chips on the east coast after Visiting Cape Spear and observing the eastern most bit of North America. We followed John up the stairs as we witnessed where Marconi broadcast the first radio transmission. We had a ball laughing and taking in a musical play in Gander. The next day, we were heading to what’s called the Gander loop, site seeing the outports in the area. We were driving down a road, frankly in the middle of nowhere when an eighteen-wheeler came towards us. John yelled, “Follow that Truck” from the back seat. We did. We didn’t know it, but he was headed to Gooseberry Cove. We followed him To the fish plant where they were loading Capelin, a small fish that “runs” around Newfoundland in huge schools. John got out, marched right down to the folks working, and spent an hour talking, listening, and hearing about these people’s lives. We had a barbeque sausage lunch at a woman’s house by the wharf. John got her address and later exchanged letters with her. What a guy! The funniest thing about that trip was John wanted to see a moose. Frankly, when you live there, you see them all the time. They are everywhere, a real pain, especially while driving. But we couldn’t find any. Not in Grose Mourne, not in central, nowhere. The last day of our excursion we went to Stephenville. In town, we spotted a house with some folk art on the lawn, one of which was a moose. John got out and finally got his pic taken with a moose, albeit a wooden one! Laughing, we headed to Corner Brook to pack and go to Deer Lake to head home. And there he was, trying to figure out how to get past the mooseproof fence along the highway. Standing there, was the stupidist moose you’ve ever seen. John was, of course, ecstatic. I was relieved. Thus, we headed home, where John is now, having, I suspect, a delightful cocktail with his beloved Hazel. Occasionally rubbing his hands together, grinning, and saying, “Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy”. Blair Daggett

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The 6th Annual Parents, Kids & Money Survey published in March 2014 by Baltimore-based T. Rowe Price offers some interesting reading. More than two-thirds of the

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MARSH WREN ~ By George Pond


he cattail marshes on both sides of the Long Point causeway, or walking along the dykes near the viewing stand that you can see on the west side of the causeway is probably the best place in Norfolk to see and hear Marsh Wrens. At one time Marsh Wrens were called Long-billed Marsh Wrens to differentiate them from Short-billed Marsh Wrens. The names of both birds were changed to Marsh Wren and Sedge Wren, which better describes the habitat in which the two different birds are usually found. The Marsh Wren is more often heard than seen. Their song, which sounds like a sewing machine, is easy to pick out from the other sounds of the marsh. They usually nest in the cattails, building football shaped nests just above the waterline. Often they will build dummy or fake nests, probably to confuse would be predators. Marsh Wrens are communal in their nesting habits and there will usually be many nesting pairs quite close to one another. They often sing hidden from view but occasionally pop up and sing from the top of a cattail or other exposed perch. Before I had my hearing device I couldn't hear the Marsh Wrens and when we were doing our annual Baillie Birdathon my friends would become quite frustrated with me as I would have to wait until one of the birds flew up so I could see it. Today I know why they were so upset as usually there are abundant nesting birds and the sewing machine songs are almost deafening. Early mornings and evenings are the best times to hear or see the Marsh Wrens at Long Point. In fact I highly recommend that some quiet June evening, about 7:30 or 8 pm you go to Long Point and either walk along the dykes or simply stand for an hour on the viewing stand. It can be an incredible experience listening to and watching the many birds and other critters that inhabit the marsh. You could easily see or hear twenty different creatures of Nature's unending store. One early June morning I went to Long Point hoping to get some good nature photographs. I had nothing in particular in mind but decided to walk the dykes for a possible turtle or bullfrog shot. Marsh Wrens were singing so I stood silently for several minutes. Suddenly one popped onto a cattail just in front of me and I was able to get several fairly good photos. Vic Gibbons liked this pose. I love the setting that Vic Vic Gibbons ~ The Olde Towne Gallery (519) 428-1329 1395 Charlotteville Road 8, RR#6, Simcoe, ON N3Y 4K5

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art of the lure of being outdoors is the beauty found in natural settings. When I

am streamside I spend almost as much time appreciating my surroundings as much as the sport of fishing. Well okay… maybe that’s stretching the truth a little bit! But the sounds and sights of the outdoors do allow my mind to drift from watching the tip of my fishing rod. The walk into and the walk out of my fishing locations consumes my attention as I enjoy everything about my surroundings. There is so much to take in. Currently it is springtime and the activity happening outside is fascinating. New animals are being born, flowers are blooming, the buds are appearing on the tree branches, new vegetation is pushing through the ground, aquatic insects are freeing themselves from the water and the birds are singing the warmth of the days. The other day I heard the high-pitched chirping of an osprey which always captivates me. I then begin searching the sky for the bird. I don’t know how

many deer I have watched crossing water courses. One of the most extraordinary sights is witnessing turkeys flying across larger rivers and landing in a tree on the opposite river bank. Watching mink play along the side of a river is intriguing. They can be so playful. Two weeks after this year’s trout opener I walked a popular trout stream. I did not have a fishing rod with me; rather it was a reconnaissance day. The waters in many of southern Ontario’s trout streams were high and dirty. I was scouting various streams to see what the conditions were like and whether Monday would be a good day to be on the stream. When I returned to fish this same stretch on Monday morning I was confronted with an awful sight. In a 200 metre section I counted 14 large Tim Horton paper cups, a clear water bottle with spawn sacks inside, a Mepps spinner package without the lure and two Styrofoam worm containers. Amazing!! What a disappointing sight. What bothers me most is people can carry in a cup full of hot liquid but can’t carry it out when it is empty. This applies to everyone else



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Crack of Noon Fishing


oes April 26 mean anything to you besides being a Saturday that you get to sleep in? It was the opening

of trout fishing season and to my dad it’s just as exciting as Christmas morning. It’s not so exciting to me but my dad asked me weeks in advance as his preparation began if I would like to join him to go fishing. How could I refuse such an important day to my dad? So of course I went with him. For those of you who

aren’t fly fishers you probably don’t understand how much preparation is involved. On second thought, it might just be that my dad goes a little beyond the average person in getting ready for opening day. Weeks before the big day, my dad was busy tying flies to put in our fly boxes and getting our rods ready. We spent countless hours monitoring the weather forecast. The weather leading up to the day could affect the water conditions tremendously. This would dictate what kind of gear and technique we would use. As it was calling for a rainy, cold day we had packed lots of warm clothing and rain gear. The night before, my dad was busy for hours getting our waders ready; making sure the right line was on our reels and packing our bags. He carefully examined each fly box making sure we had the right colour and size of flies. My dad always has enough flies for 7 or 8 anglers never mind just the two of us. I joined in by laying out all my favourite fishing clothes and my hot pink Bass Pro Shop hat. Of course I still needed to be fashionable so I made sure all my gear co-ordinated. Dressed in combinations of

pink and camo I was heading fishing but if I had to walk through a mall I would have still looked good. I’m a fifteen year old girl, what do you expect? The morning came way too early for me. My dad woke me up at 9 am which to me was still too early for any teenager on a Saturday. If it had been up to my dad we would have been standing at the river’s edge by sunrise. I dragged myself out of bed and started to get ready. I had a nice warm shower then did my hair and makeup. I was ready in no time! My dad probably wouldn’t have said the same thing as he waited anxiously at the door. But there was no way I was going fishing on an empty stomach. I convinced my dad to take me to Williams for a warm drink and a quick bite to eat. Turns out some of my dad’s fishing buddies were there as well! Boys talking about fishing is never a quick conversation. Finally at 11:30 am we were dressed in all of our gear, had our rods in our hand and were at the river. Some would call us the “Crack of Noon Fishing Team”. We fished for the rest of the morning trying to catch

something or at least see a fish. We walked pretty far down the river hoping we would catch something but with no luck we decided to take a break and come back later. My friend had messaged me to ask me if I wanted to go to Menchies for some frozen yogurt. You can probably guess that my dad wasn’t too impressed that I was going to get Menchies rather than fishing on such a great day. But we made a deal; I had two hours to go with my friend and then we would go back fishing. The two hours had passed and back to the river we went. We decided to go to a different spot this time to see if we would have better luck there. So we got all our gear on and put our rods back together and started for the river. We tried a few different spots but still had no luck. We talked to a few of the other anglers that were still fishing and they also hadn’t caught anything. I was glad to hear that we weren’t the only unsuccessful anglers of the day! As the sun was going down, it was getting colder and we decided to call it a day. Although we didn’t have any luck we still had some fun father-daughter time on the river.

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