Fishing Vacation Gone Awry...argghh!

Thursday, July 01, 2010

As most of you know I am completely BERSERK over fishing....well berserk in general anyway! LOL! Well wouldn't ya know it we have had a ton of rain....in just two days alone we got 6 inches and that is just a drop in the bucket of what we have gotten in the past month so you can imagine what it has done to my recreational fishing spots! We went out Tuesday and Wednesday and took pictures of the flooding around us. My daughter and my two Grandsons accompanied us as well which is always fun. Even though the flooding around the Boone and Des Moines river valleys is pretty depressing we managed to get quite a few good laughs in as you will see in the photos below:

There is usually at least 20 feet from the bottom of this bridge to the Des Moines river when the water is at its normal levels

The picture below is our neighbor that lives right by the Des Moines river. In this shot the river had gone down because it was up to this sheds window and over his drive.

The next picture is the Des Moines river valley south of us by about 3 miles:

My daughter walked out near a field to take pictures of the flooding. This was a field next to the river and the tree line you see in the second shot is where the river is supposed to be.

The next pictures are of a Des Moines river town about 5 miles from us:
This is the road that takes you down into the valley before you come into town

Someone had a sense of humor...you will get a "kick" out of this next picture:

These pictures were taken from the bridge and are the old railroad piers that usually stick out of the water around 12 or 15 feet. One is almost completely underwater as you can see:

Little camera trickery here....my daughter acting up...wonder where she gets that???

Ok Ok so she is kneeling in the water but we laughed profusely..as if that wasn't enough...

To bad I didn't capture the laughter that was going on that one!
The following pictures are of the Boone river flooding. We live in the area where the Boone river empties into the Des Moines River...another great fishing spot foiled by the floods:

The area covered in water on the above picture is actually a soybean field under water. The tree line again marks the area where the river is supposed to be on the other side.

This is the road that takes you over the Boone River bridge....well usually anyway! LOL!

This was taken a day later when we could finally drive on the road to the Boone river bridge. The water level is usually 10 or 15 feet below the bridge and as you can see it is right up to the very bottom of the bridge. The other side shows all the debris washed up against the bridge from up river.
OH MY WHAT IS THIS???? Could it be Nessie?? Nope it is Boone river Bessie instead trying to scare my grandson as he peered out of the truck window with Papa's binoculars!

Talk about "wild america" WOW!!! This truly was not planned...my daughter was taking a picture of Jon as he was using the binoculars and being a big boy. She was about to snap the photo when I appeared....we laughed till we almost wet ourselves!

Thought I better throw in a beautiful nature shot of a couple of Pearl Crescent butterflies after that last scary shot!
Last but not least pictures of our infamous fishing area that I would have been sitting in my favorite fishing chair with my favorite fishing pole smoking my favorite fishing cigars with my favorite husband....alas all foiled again!

Note the sign posted for no hunting or trespassing...that is usually up on a tree about 4 or 5 feet above ground level!!!

The pictures above are in the area that we drive back to our favorite fishing spot. I don't know if you can see but I placed red text in the area where we normally fish.
Now for some beauty shots....

My Grandson Jon, wondering how he got hooked up with all these crazy people! LOL!
Cone flowers and Cloudless Sulphur butterflies enjoying the wet gravel road. At least someone is benefiting from all this flooding.
I am still not giving up hope though by golly...I am going to get some bait today and fish off the Boone River bridge...heck I guess I could fish right in the so called bean field. What would you call those fish....crop carp or bean bass??? Might as well laugh as cry huh??
A couple of my favorite fishing quotes:

I fish better with a lit cigar; some people fish better with talent.
~Nick Lyons, Bright Rivers, 1977

The charm of fishing is that it is the pursuit of what is elusive but attainable, a perpetual series of occasions for hope.
~John Buchan

"SUCKER!!! HA!! You can't catch me!!!"

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    Love the pics!! Glad you're trying to make the most of a crappy situation. Still better than sitting inside working though and at least you got to spend some time with your family outside. The pictures say a lot and I'm really glad you put up so many of them. We love to go fishing too but we usually fish for catfish. I know there is plenty of bass here but I've never tasted bass. Sometime my FIL and BIL go down to Oklahoma to go fishing for Catfish and Crappy (pronounced Croppy). Hope you were able to get some fishing in anyways and catch some fish!

    4001 days ago
    I'm a bit behind on blog responses! Some friends of mine told me how bad the flooding was in Iowa, thanks for the pictures. I'm guessing that you still managed to have a good time, right? Vacation or work; whatever will you choose??

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    LOVE the pictures!
    4004 days ago
    Great pictures, Ruth. They sure do tell the story!
    4006 days ago
    Ah man, I'm sorry you got washed out, but looks like you're making the best of it. Good to be away from work and outside at least! This makes my latest mini-catastrophe, my backed up kitchen sink, seem very minor, so I feel better! My Internet is acting persnickety again, just happened to hop on when there was a signal. You know how I hate to call Verizon about such things.......... Enjoy the rest of your time off and go out to a good ole midwestern fish fry somewhere and eat somebody else's fish until you can get some of your own! Love ya Lochhie (that was hysterical! I can't call you Bessie, that's my best friend's real name!!! lol!!! She can take a joke....!!) emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    4006 days ago
    Sorry you got flooded out!! But it looks like y'all had a blast in spite of it (or maybe because of it!) emoticon
    Great pics! Lovely butterflies and cone flowers!
    Try again when the water levels go down.

    4006 days ago
    Is this near the Great Ape Trust in Iowa? I know they are always getting flooded, and are having to take precautions right now as well.
    4007 days ago
    WOW !!!!! What good pictures those are. It's fun to see the wild creatures coming that close to your vehicle!! I'm not sure what the heck that was....but it sure looked like it was quite a catch!! Did that come creeping up from the rivers flood?? I don't know what you'd call it, but I'm sure your Grandson was entertained!! Good luck with your fishing today over the bridge...hope you catch some "big ones" emoticon emoticon Love, wilson
    4007 days ago
    Sorry about the fishing doll but happy there is still hope! Still sounds like you all are having a blast and you captured some awesome pictures! Thanks for sharing!

    4007 days ago
    Wow! What an amazing fishing trip... it will be more memorable than a sunny placid one, anyway. I love the pics.... it looks like you managed to have a great time in spite of the wicked bad weather.
    4007 days ago
    Great pics! I'm glad you clarified the berserk comment! When we were going through some of Dad's stuff we found a hat that said something like, "Every hour you fish adds a day to your life"! It made me think of you and then I said to my brother--"So THAT'S how he's hung on these last 3 years! Hope you caught some fish!
    4007 days ago
    Great pics even if they are of nature's fury which as we know can also be nature's beauty as long as no one was hurt. I especially like Bessie! ;) Sorry you didn't get the fishing trup you were hoping for but I'm sure when you do, it'll be well worth the wait!
    4007 days ago
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