Archive for November, 2009

The old Lakota was wise. He knew that man’s heart, away from nature, becomes hard; he knew that lack of respect for growing, living things soon led to lack of respect for humans too.

Luther Standing Bear (Lakota)

He’s catching the big ones now…

Dale L. Fones


You will be missed.

October 17, 1922 – November 12, 2009

Predeceased by his wife, Betty Babcock Fones. He is survived by his sisters, Lorraine Walkenhorst, Ruth Heinman; brothers, Frank and Richard Fones; many nieces, nephews and friends. Dale served in WWII, 5th Army, 3rd Division in North Africa and Italy where he was wounded. He retired from Monroe Community College.

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Reading about Northern Pike lately on some of my fellow bloggers’ sites has put me in the mood for one of the most delicious freshwater fish out there. I hope you enjoy this recipe.

Grand Marnier PikeGrand Marnier


  • Northern pike fillets
  • Flour
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Cayenne
  • Butter
  • Grand Marnier
  • 1 cup milk

Mix the flour, cayenne, salt and pepper to taste in a large bowl.

Dip the pike in milk and roll it in the flour mixture.

Heat the butter in a skillet or frying pan, bringing the butter to a sizzle. Put a shot of Grand Marnier in the pan. It may flare up (which is perfect). Immediately place the fish in the frying pan with the butter and Grand Marnier. Cook about 5 to 7 minutes on each side (or until golden brown). Fish is done when it flakes with a fork.

Although, for me, nothing beats the taste of freshly caught pike during shore lunch with 10 or 20 of your close friends and family, and I’m not one to doctor up fish too much since I want to savor the true flavor of the fish itself, this is a great northern pike recipe and has an orange undertone that is delicious. It’s really simple and the result is such that any chef would it put on a resume with pride.

It’s a great option for sharing pike with friends that aren’t quite as enthusiastic about “fish for dinner” as some of the rest of us. Trust me, they’ll think twice after having this meal… and you don’t have to tell them how easy it is if you don’t want to.


Pontoon float (update)

A while back I posted an article (Float) on personal flotation alternatives, such as belly boats, pontoon boats and the like. Well I finally made up my mind to go out and get one since I’m currently motivated by the upcoming trout season here in Argentina.


Pontoon float

I did quite a bit of research and found that there were many sellers out there selling the same products, so I guess you’d have to say that they were actually re-sellers. What was surprising was that the existence of a “middle man” didn’t necessarily mean an inflated price. The prices were all over the place for basically the same items.

I was eventually able to procure the object of my desire, and did so from a reseller ( and not directly from Classic Accessories. I paid about $329 dollars for my sage/grey pontoon float and another $68 dollars for shipping to my father’s place in New York. Since I live in Argentina, I had to include it with my checked baggage at the airport. I’d called ahead and was told I’d have to pay $100 for oversize baggage. Getting through customs in Argentina turned out to be easier than I thought. I guess they were tired of hassling passengers that day. Anyway, since I’m not an Argentine citizen I wouldn’t be subject to tax, but that doesn’t always stop them from giving you a hard time on the off chance that you might palm them a $20 peso note… Continue reading

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