We went for the Inland Fisheries' annual Trout Weekend, which is held at IFS' Field Station, near Great Lake. We decided that rather than drive up and back in a day, we'd stay up there overnight, so it was a nice weekend getaway.
Among the things to see and do was the angling pool, where kids could catch trout; watching trout being stripped of eggs (a very strange thing to see); and helicopter rides, which we decided at the last minute to do, because it's not an opportunity that you get every day.
It was a fun weekend and, although it was cold and there was some snow on the ground, it wasn't as freezing as we'd expected. Today was a beautiful, clear sunny day, perfect for our helicopter ride.
Juniordwarf was very excited to catch a fish from the trout pool, and was even more excited when he got a certificate (he's highly motivated by certificates at the moment). He thought it was great to catch a fish that he could eat for dinner - only once it was on his plate, he said he didn't like it and filled up on carrots instead.
For the record, the trout was 35 cm long and weighed 600 grams. Not a huge trophy fish, but perfect for the three of us.
On the way home, we stopped to have a look at the Steppes Stones, which are some wonderful sculptures by Stephen Walker in the middle of the bush.
|Great Lake at Miena - trying out the AutoStitch Panorama app on my phone|
|Great Lake at Miena|
|Great Lake Hotel, where we stayed|
|Juniordwarf was fascinated by the egg stripping|
|IFS officer talking about egg stripping|
|Juniordwarf and his fish|
|View of Great Lake from the helicopter|
|We stopped to look at the fantastic Steppes Stones on the way home|
|The Steppes Stones by Stephen Walker|
|The Steppes Stones|
|Country road, take me home . . . (outside Bothwell)|