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68. Let’s Go Fishing
Dave needed to pack for Saturday’s fishing trip.
went into his hall closet, where he had
than 20 rods and reels. Nowadays he went
twice a year at Big Bear, a huge
in southern California about 7,000 feet up in
California tries to boost the fishing industry
sponsoring a Free Fishing Day twice a year,
in June and once in September. That sufficed
Dave. He went mostly because it was a
event with a few friends, not so much
catch fish. Even by itself, the scenic drive
a twisty two-lane road was worth the trip.
to mention the big, beautiful houses and trees
lined the shore of the lake.
project in itself. Dave had even created a
file named Fishing Trip. It was a checklist
45 things to take to Big Bear. He
two rods, because on Free Fishing Day you
allowed to fish with two rods instead of
usual one rod. He took a hooded sweatshirt,
, two pair of socks, a heavy hooded denim
, winter gloves, and a scarf. He also took
-flops, shorts, a T-shirt, #30 sun block, sunglasses, a
hat, and a lightweight raincoat. If you go
Big Bear in June, you’d better be prepared
hot or cold, rain or shine.
couple of magazines to read just in case
fish weren’t biting. He and his friends joked
the fish were always biting - in the
you just left or the spot you were
After about an hour and a half,
had gathered all the items on his list
a neat pile next to his door. He
to bed knowing that tomorrow’s weather and fishing
unpredictable, but the good time with his friends