How it all began...

The idea had been circling in my head for years. But the time was right and I could no longer fight the wanderlust that had built up. I bought a 1977 GMC NuWa motor home, threw a solar panel on top and started getting it ready for the open road. My main goal: to wander around North America, catching up with old friends, visiting new places and experiencing things I haven't before. This is my story...

Sunday, May 16, 2010

On the Menu Tonight : Trout!

Shaver Lake, CA - I tried my hand at fishing today , an activity I haven't done in years. As a small child I tried fishing, but quickly boredom had set in and I was done. Ten years ago, while in Alaska, I went fishing twice - once for halibut, another for salmon. The halibut was part of a charter, so while I did catch two large ones, that was all I had to do...reel them in and give them to the guides. We'll call it "fishing lite". When we went fishing for salmon, both myself and the guy with me (Collin) had no idea about fishing. Once we caught one, we knew nothing about doing anything with it, so we threw the traumatized fish back (lucky salmon to be caught by two novice fisherman).

So today, a beautiful, sunny morning, brought me to the shore, intent upon not only catching a fish, but doing something with it...namely, having it become my supper. Being a novice, it was a tremendous help that I hooked up with a fellow camp host, Larry, so he could show me the ropes. Most of it I knew, but it helped having someone there that was knowledgeable.

Using "PowerBait" (something I didn't even know existed prior to visiting Karen & Gina), I landed a sizable (maybe 13"?) trout within the first 20 minutes. Little did I know that this would be it for the rest of the day. Yet this really didn't matter to me. One fish was plenty for me. The remainder of my morning was spent sitting on a rock, overlooking a beautiful lake, soaking up the sun and gazing upon the snow covered mountain peaks surrounding me. Yes, one fish was plenty.


  1. Hey Brian,
    So did you eat it? How did you clean it (did you fillet it)? How did you cook it? Was it good? Did you know there were so many question that could be asked about one fish?
    - Heidi

  2. Ha! You're questions are bigger than the fish!! Yes, I did eat it. In fact, it was the first fish I have ever clean! I cooked it over a fire in a cast iron pan...just added oil, salt and lemon-pepper. Skin was still on it and it was soooo good! I even shared it with fellow vandwellers Steve(Nemo) and Bob! Lots of fun!

  3. I am sooooo hungry now! Now I've got fresh pan fried fish on the brain!

  4. Hey there!

    Been getting caught up on your blog. Any new posts coming soon? Ya still out there???

  5. Nice Blog...I used to live further up he road @ Huntington Lake.