A Good Day of Fishing

My friend Matt and I went fishing today and we caught these nice chinook salmon. We also caught and released at least a dozen Coho salmon and a very bright steelhead that got off at the last minute. That was one enjoyable day.

Salmon fishing in November is exciting and fun but it also has a fairly high price tag. (1) I got up at 3:00 am (2) we drove for an hour and a half in the dark and fog on a very windy road, (3) we froze to death sitting in a metal boat on a cold river all day (4) we drove an hour and a half back home, and (5) we paid the guide an amount that would buy two tanks of gas. Is it worth all that??? Yep, I would do it again in a heartbeat. I was so tired tonight that I fell asleep while riding my stationary bike, whoooeee now that is tired. It is now 9:00 pm and if our guide called and said, “my clients for tomorrow just canceled on me, do you want to go tomorrow?” “Yes sir, see you in the morning!” crazy!! Though, I must admit that now that I am 74 years old, I think about it for 60 seconds when I used to think about it for 10 seconds.

Values are an interesting things. What I value in life someone else may find totally boring. It is sort of like food, I hate okra and my son-in-law loves it. As we get wiser and more mature our values are no longer based entirely on what is fun, exciting, and challenging, but on what is good for us and others. I place a high value on riding my stationary bike, not because I enjoy it, it is a lot of work and it is as boring as dirt, but because it is good for me physically. I read my Bible every day though I would rather read a book on fishing, bicycling, or auto mechanics. I put reading my Bible every day as one of the highest values in my life, more than fishing, because the greatest desire of my heart is to know God more intimately and Bible reading is a key to that desire happening.

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