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What?! The Crappie landed me! (A hot August night on Eloika Lake, Spokane County, Washington)

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

Nice Eloika Lake Crappie20 Acres for sale!

20 Acres for sale!
Getting darker, Mt. Spokane I think.
Getting darker, Mt. Spokane I think.
calm before the storm.
calm before the storm.

All ya’all know I really like Eloika Lake which is one of the many small lakes through which the Little Spokane River flows as it wends its weary way to The Spokane River. Recently, I listed 20 acres on the southwestern shore and desperately needed to get some good photos of the shoreline from the lake’s point of view.  With that in mind, I called up Jerry and Lori at Jerry’s landing on the other side of the lake and asked if they had any canoes for that Saturday afternoon.  I was in luck! Or, was I?

At 6 pm, I started paddling towards my objective.  But of course, IF you are going out on the lake,  why wouldn’t you take advantage of this opportunity to do a bit of fishing while you were at it?  Having been armed with some nice plastic worms which anglers have used all summer to bring in up to six pound bass and some nice little yellow jigs to try for those crappie which make this lake famous, I had to stop along the way every 100 paddle strokes or so and do a little fishin’.  Not much happening that night.  I watched a few little crappie chase the jig which you suspend about 18 inches below a bobber, throw out and reel slowly in.  I think they were too small to even get their mouths around the tiny hook.

I gradually worked my way across and followed the weed beds along the west shore line down to my photographic target.  I enjoyed looking at the nice big houses and fancy white docks jutting out into the lake.  Finally, I reached my friend’s land and took several photos.  This time, I headed straight out across the lake and planned to go north along the east side of the lake, fishing as I went.  The lake was like glass.  Looked like a big parking lot where you could get out and walk home.  The sunlight  filtering through the trees along the west side of the lake as dusk arrived dappled the water creating all sorts of interesting shadows.  The natural drift of the current and very slight wind pushed my canoe gently out to the middle of the lake and slightly northward so I was able to crappie fish without much paddling.  I removed my sinker so just had the bobber weight but was still able to throw it out about 30 feet on each cast.

Finally!  I entered an area where I had hits on virtually every cast!  OOH BOY!  Was this fun!  I hooked a big one, but it got off after about a minute of play.  Several hits later and I had another on the line, As it got closer to the boat I thought it must be about two feet long!  This one was not gonna get away.  I reeled him in towards the boat.  Finally, he was just feet away.  I jerked him quickly out of the water.  I did not realize you do this gently.  No hard yanks.  No big excitement.  So, out of the water he flew, across the canoe and out the other side.  I did not know Crappie were flying fish!  I also did not know the release of tension on the left side of the boat coupled with the addition of a shooting fish ten feet beyond the right side of the boat, added to 240 pounds of weight high on a seat in a canoe equals a fine swim in the middle of Eloika Lake about 15 minutes before dark on a hot August night.

Well, the cool water got my head thinking.  First, put my pole in the still upright canoe.  Second, YES! the dang crappie is still on the line and he IS going to pay for dumping me in the water so get him into the boat.  Next, where are my flip flops?  They cost 20 bucks!  Well, I found one so the one legged guy gleaning stuff along the shore is going to be either happy or sad depending on which leg is missing.

Being in the water was not a part of the plans for the evening so I set about getting back into the canoe while swimming in 30 feet of water.  After several minutes of trying it from the side, I came to realization that was just not going to happen.  I asked myself, how do I find enough weight to counterbalance me as I get in?  Climb in on the end so the whole canoe works against your weight I thought.  Like a lot of theory, the practice just is not there.  NOOOO! Maybe when I was a hot young 150 pound stud full of whim, whigor and wytality.  But now at 240 lbs, tired and old, I just could not get myself in any position to be able to climb the 2 foot mountain of the end of the boat.

Now, what were my options? The closest shore was about a half mile away.  There was also a pretty good weed and mud bank around most of the lake so actually getting to a place where you could walk out of the lake was a real problem.  I had to find a dock which might also mean a clearer, less weed filled path to travel.  So, back toward my friends corner of the lake I went.  In the gathering gloom, the white beacon of the trex decking  covered boat launcher shone like the sun.  Grabbing the boat by the middle, lying on my back and floating with the help of my life preserver and the canoe, I began kicking and gradually we moved towards the dock.  About 30 minutes later, we hit the weeds.  We hit the mud.  As of yet, I had never experienced any fear or significant worry.  Just another exercise.  Just another problem to solve.  Just more grist for the story mill.

After about five minutes of fighting the weeds and the ever thicker, higher mud level I realized I had a big problem.  You literally could not move through this goo.  If you got vertical, you had no bottom to stand on, there was just a light 20 weight viscosity to what you were swimming in,  but you could not move through it.  Now, I had moved beyond just another fun problem to getting a bit scared.  As in all these types of situations, panic is not the answer.  So I began screaming hysterically for help…not.  Even if I had wanted to, there was no one around to hear.  So, I had a little conversation with My Creator and asked for help and calmness.  It came to me, if you can not walk or swim through it, maybe you can slide over it.  So that is what the canoe and I did.  Staying as horizontal as possible, I grabbed and pulled on the weeds in conjunction with me kicking (swimming.)  Gradually, it took another 30 minutes, I finally got to the edge of the dock.  Again, no ladders and that 18 to 20 inches defied any ability to pull myself up.  So, I went around the side and found the mooring line.  I was able to use that to climb onto the dock.

Safety at last!  I laid there like a great grey beached whale for a few minutes gathering what was left of my energy and dignity and then got up.  I looked in the boat to see if my camera and phone were still there and if the ziplock bag had done its job of protecting them.  Yes and yes!  I called Jerry’s Landing and Lori answered.  “I have good news, bad news and good news, Lori.  I landed a huge crappie!  The crappie landed me!  But I made it to a dock here on the SW corner of the lake. ”  I went on to ask her recommendations as I was too exhausted to take another shot at the lake, especially after dark, to paddle the 25 minutes back to the resort.  She told me to stand fast and they would mount a rescue.

Twenty minutes later, my knights in a shining bass boat arrived.  Soon, we were back “home.”  I do not think I have been as filthy as I was since I was a kid swimming in the water buffalo wallows back in Mindanao, Philippines (http://www.mycompactfishing.com/blog/swimming-water-buffalo-wallow-or-clean-crystal-clear-spring/).  Later, I just threw away my undershirt and pants and wallet because they were not salvageable.   Jerry pointed out the canoe had a great livewell as the bottom six inches were filled with water and that miserable crappie was still alive!  While I had intended to eat it to get even with it, in the end, I felt it had taught me a great many lessons and it deserved another day or two in the water, so I cut the hook which it had swallowed and released it. (You can check out the crappie blog (www.crappielife.com//narrowescapesatEloikaLake//) for his version of the night’s events.)

Safe and sound, a lot more adventure than I had planned for but happy and content and grateful to God for the peace we can have in tough times to help us get through our ordeals.

ADDENDUM:  Lessons learned:  Fat, old boys should probably think twice about fishing from platforms as unstable as a canoe.   Always wear your life jacket!  You go from fine to the thick of it in less than a second.  Don’t panic!  Stabilize the situation, calm down and think through it to figure out a course of action.  You will have to repeat this more than once in many circumstances.  I had three of these times in this spot:  When I fell into the lake, when I hit the weeds and mud, and finally trying to figure out how to get onto the dock.  Make sure someone knows where you are and when you should be back.  Keep your electronics in a waterproof container which floats.   Finally and perhaps most important, seek God’s help and comfort.

Jerry’s Landing has one more month before they close for the winter.  Check them out!  They are great and will tell you what to use for bait and where to fish.  To visit Jerry’s Landing Resort, North on Hwy 2 (Newport Highway) past Riverside High School and Miller’s One Stop to Oregon Road. West (left from Spokane) to Regal Road. Left to Jerry’s Landing.

Their phone number is 509 292 2337, their email is jerryslanding@earthlink.net and their address is N 41114 Lake Shore Rd, El WA 99009.

Hot August Night on Loon Lake, Stevens County Washington fishing for Silvers

Monday, August 15th, 2011
Nice wake and sunset as we head sto silvers territory

Nice wake and sunset as we head to silvers territory

Anticipation builds.  Fishing should be great!

Anticipation builds. Fishing should be great!

Loon Lake is always beautiful this time of night.  The terrain silhouettes like an old shadow box picture but is somehow alive.  Our target for the evening is Silvers for Jim and his son Andrew.  For me and Andrew’s young friend, it is probably anything that bites.   That probably means bluegills and sunfish for us.

Jim decided to fish the southeast side of the lake.  Not all the way to the end of the lake but in such a place as the garish, but somehow beautiful electronic palm tree seemed like you could actually climb it and perhaps find a coconut or something to eat with the fish you were going to catch.

We arrived at our desired location about 8:20 or so and Jim set about doing the hundred little things that make the fishing possible or better–at least in his and a lot of fishermen minds.  He has been working on a set of lights which make it possible to see what you are doing and another set of lights that float around on the water.  All this is designed to bring fish close to the boat.  In about ten minutes we were all there with lines in the water.  I opted for a regular small hook with a leader and a tad of marshmallow run up the leader to act as a float to lift the hook up off the bottom.  I topped the hook off with a good old fashioned night crawler.  Old habits die hard.   Being an impatient soul, I could not just through the line in, let it sink to the bottom, reel it up three turns of the handle and wait for a fish to bite.  This is the way to catch Silvers, I am told.  NOOOOO!  I have to throw it in, let it go to the bottom and gradually reel it in.  By my second cast, I had a nice, fat little blue gill flopping on the floor!

First blood of the evening!

First blood of the evening!

What a nice little pan fish to get the day started!  I was using my Emmrod Packrod®, Spinning version.  Notice the eye bolt in the butt end.  This would have let me hook a lanyard should that have been desired.  Folks in float tubes, kayaks and canoes have found that to be particularly useful.  I would suggest it is also not a bad idea when you take your kids and grand kids fishing.  You hate to loose a fish just ’cause the kid can’t hold on to the pole!  I was using the seven coil spinning/universal rod here.  It is amazing how much play you get when you have even such a small fish.  Too much fun!

Jim being a purist, wanted those silvers.  He was finally rewarded with the first about 40 minutes into it.  Silvers are a landlocked salmon which live about three years.  Normally they are not that big in Loon Lake, but this year, they have caught a lot of them in the 12-14 inch range and that is a nice fish!  I thought Jim caught 5 over the evening but only got four pictures which I will post below.  It was really fun to watch Jim trying to hook these sneaky little bait thieves.  The really do not hit the bait.  They come up to it and gum it.  Probably lick it.  Suck on it softly and you can barely feel them but your hook is empty when you reel it in.  I probably had three silver hits–based on the near the bottom nibble zone vice ten feet from the top blue gill zone–and was not able to hook any.  Once they bit on his bait, Jim would jerk his pole with all his might then let out a massive groan when they did not get hooked.  Sigh!  I think we counted about seven sets of fish dentures on the boat floor by the time we were done.  You just can not jerk the pole that hard! When he did hook them, he had to reel like crazy because the Silvers tend to try to outrace the reeling process to get slack line to spit out the hook.  Do they actually calculate that?  Sure beats me.  But, they do come flying towards the top of the water and Jim managed to stay ahead of what he hooked on the bottom and get them in the boat.

Speaking of bait, Jim was using a tiny glow hook which he would light up by flashing a camera flash attachment like tool at the hook which was cupped in his hand.  He used a green color which worked better than the red color I tried later.  Below the head of the hook, he would impale two maggots so they extended crosswise from the hook vice running them on the hook like you do with a worm.  Finally he topped that off with a kernel off white canned corn.    Later, he bagged the corn as it did not seem to make that much difference and caught at least two of the Silvers without corn on the hook.

About 10:15, the wind really picked up.  The fish quit biting and about 10:30 we called it a night and headed back in.  All in all, a great night fishing and an awful lot of fun!

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Here are photos of two of the fish we caught.

another nice silverThis one was swimming the other direction when we caught it.




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What Pound Test Line should I use with an Emmrod Compact Fishing System?

Friday, December 17th, 2010
The Emmrod Short Top Water Rod

The Emmrod Short Top Water Rod

Obviously, the size of the fish you are targeting plays a role here.  Frankly, I am not that concerned with the top end of the scale.  I am more interested in our efforts to catch minnows.  How LIGHT of  a line can we get away with using?

The Nature of the Emmrod Fishing gear rods is they are a bit stiffer.  One of the very few abilities we do not have is to go to those ultra-light lines.  As a general rule, use ten pound test line as a minimum weight line.  You will find the act of casting or vigorous pull backs snapping those two to four pound lines. 

As with all rules, there are exceptions.  One of my customers, Phillip, has terrified the fish in the ocean near where he lives with his fishing prowess and collection of Emmrod Compact Fishing poles.  He is a fair sort of person who DOES want to give the fish a fighting chance so he likes to stretch the effort by using lighter lines. 

 

He expressed his excitement to me recently after trying out his Emmrod Top Water Rod.  He could actually use his lighter lines.  I provided him the shorter version; however, I imagine the longer version would accomplish the same thing.

 

Long and short Emmrod Top Water Rods

Long and short Emmrod Top Water Rods

So, I have a request from all you Emmrod Fishermen out there.  Please send me feedback on how you stretch your system to use lighter lines. 

I am going to make a category of blogs called “Fishing Tips” where I can share the wisdom of the various fishermen and women out there who are enjoying Emmrod.  Every tool has its tricks.  Let’s Collaborate!

 

See the Bass hit when using your Rugged Flex Jr with a Top Water Rod

See the Bass hit when using your Rugged Flex Jr with a Top Water Rod

Check out the Rugged Flex family of Emmrod Compact Fishing Rods

Eloika Lake, Spokane County, Wa Fishing conditions update Aug 10

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010
Enjoy the Emmrod Kayak King Fishing Pole for all your Eloika Lake Fishing

Enjoy the Emmrod Kayak King Fishing Pole for all your Eloika Lake Fishing

Hi Spokane County area fishermen, ladies, boys and girls.  Here is your August 10th Eloika Lake fishing update.   I touch bases with Lauri and Jerry of Jerry’s landing every couple weeks or so to find out how the fish are biting.  They are the experts who are on scene providing much of the bait, the lures, and some of the non-motorized boats to the fisher folk who stay at their resort and campground.  They are a convenient place to fill up on those necessities you forgot to bring with you through their small store so stop in and visit.  Their contact information is below.

If it is perch and crappie you crave, disappointment may be in your future as both are slow right now.  If you want to go wit to wit, hook to fin with bass, load up and head for Eloika Lake.  People using Jerry’s Landing caught a five pound bass last week and others caught two four pound bass this week.

There are two ways to get your boat in the water.  The public launch is located at the end of Bridges road on the east side of the lake–North on Highway two to Miller’s One Stop, left at the flashing light and you drive right to the public launch area. Do not forget the parking pass available at any fishing license seller.

The second is Jerry’s landing where there is a small fee  ($3) to park and launch your boat but you also have the store where you can stock up on the last minute needs you forgot or replenish what you use up.  You can also get updates on where the action is and how to fish.  Huge value for small dollars.  Tell them “Dave sent me.”

Jerry’s Landing:  41114 N Lake Shore Road, Elk Washington.  PHONE:  (509) 292 2337.  N on HWY 2 past Miller’s onestop to Oregon Road.  (If you get to the divided highway, you have gone too far.)    After turning left, go to Regal/Eloika Lake Front Road (Same intersection, regal to the right, E. L. front road to the left.) Turn left and follow that around to Jerry’s landing.

Happy fishing.

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26 July 2010 Eloika Lake, Elk, Spokane County, WA fishing update

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

The good folks at Jerry’s Landing have forwarded an Eloika Lake Fishing update to me.

Give them a call or visit:

Jerry’s Landing

41114 North Lake Shore Road
Elk, WA 99009-8743
(509) 292-2337

The fishing has been a little slow the last week.  Our water temp. is 81 degrees and the lake turned over, so we think that maybe by next week the fishing should improve.  They are using top water baits right now out in the center of the lake.  The crappie are found in the open holes in the center of the lake, mainly in the evenings.  The best time for the bass have been at dawn and evening.

In an earlier conversation, Julie told me they had some very nice large bass and the crappie were a good size as well. Keep your eye on Eloika Lake as it is one of the most fun lakes for me to fish.  I like it that you never know, just like Forest Gump’s box of chocolates, what is going to be on the end of the line.  Perch, Bass, Crappie, Trout?  Who knows. That is what makes it fun.

Dave Atherton

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Jerry’s Landing Resort Eloika Lake, Elk, Spokane County, Eastern Washington

Saturday, April 24th, 2010

What a fine evening! A few days ago, I took off a couple hours from running my three businesses, real estate, daylilies and Emmrod Fishing Poles (www.WhyBuyEmmrod.com). I said, it is time for a brief sanity break! I am heading over to Jerry’s Landing to rent a canoe for an hour or two. Off I went.

I met Laurie who is half of Jerry’s Landing Resort along with Jerry. She was pleasant and helpful and got me set up right away with a canoe, life preserver and floating seat. She gave me some helpful hints on where to go for the few minutes left in the day.

Off I went! Boy, canoe paddling is really different than a regular row boat at which I am not the good either. I will say, it sure is easier to paddle a canoe than it is to row a boat. I paddled out about a half a mile and gradually drifted with the current and fished along the shore. Long story short, did not get anything but sure had a good time.

One of the reasons I went was to get some more actual fishing experience with my Emmrod Packer. This is a fine compact fishing system which is only about 22 inches long. It uses either a bait caster or closed face spinning reel. I use the later. I was very pleased to be able to cast it 30 to 40 feet using only the weight of my small spinner. While that was the wrong bait for the area, playing with it was a lot of fun. Fishing in the confines of the canoe where I did not dare stand up–actually found myself thinking about laying down in the bottom when the wakes rolled in–I found it incredibly convenient to have all my tackle, bait and fishing pole including a spare Emmrod Packer all set up in two five gallon buckets. It would have fit in one, but I had been working on my daylilies all day and just kept throwing worms in a five gallon bucket of dirt so I just drug the whole thing along instead of putting the worms in a small cup.

Some lessons learned:

Try to stay perpendicular to the shore when you hear an ocean liner flying down the center of the lake at 200 knots per hour. When that wash arrives four minutes later, you just do not want to be parallel to the wash. Thank goodness, I do not get seasick.

Do not scream at your kids even when they won’t stop crying. Your cursing carries over the water even more than the kids screaming. You come off on the bad end of the impression scale.

Treble hooks are not very useful in the weeds. There is nothing they won’t catch except maybe fish. Eloika Lake is a weedy lake.

Listen to what Jerry and Laurie tell you about what to fish with.  I should have bought a couple of the white jigs Laurie recommended to me as what the Crappie were biting on now. Even the worms were not attractive to the fish that evening.

Even though I did not catch anything, I had a great time. I saw several loons and one seemed to like my presence as it stayed about a hundred feet away from me most of the time I was out. A big fat beaver swam by with a stare as if to say “And who do you think you are?” A cat was hunting down by the river but did not seem to catch anything either.

I finally pulled the plug and coasted into Jerry’s Landing as the sun set. A great time relaxing and watching nature. Wish I had caught a fish, but, in the end, it is not about the catching but about the trying.

When the fishing bug bites, keep Jerry’s Landing Resort in mind. They are a great young couple providing a fine service to those of us escaping reality for a few hours. According to them, right now the Crappie are biting and are being caught up to 12 inches long. A 5.5 pound Bass, Large Mouth Bass I believe, was landed.  Just a thought on the Bass, keep the little guys and release the big ones. They take forever to get that large. Catch and release is a great plan on big bass. Finally the perch seem to be biting as well.

Here are some of the services offerred at Jerry’s Landing Resort:
Full RV hookups, Cabins, a store, Fire pits and Picnic Tables, Boat and Canoe Rentals, FULL BATHROOM FACILITIES (Very important for us old guys.). Prices are realistic, service is polite and friendly, the location is super convenient and Eloika Lake is a great lake to fish. It is one of the top four Bass Lakes in the NW from what I understand.

So, to visit Jerry’s Landing Resort, North on Hwy 2 (Newport Highway) past Riverside High School and Miller’s One Stop to Oregon Road. West (left from Spokane) to Regal Road. Left to Jerry’s Landing.

Their phone number is 509 292 2337, their email is jerryslanding@earthlink.net and their address is N 41114 Lake Shore Rd, El WA 99009.

 

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If you Fish Stevens County Washington Lakes, you need this list!

Monday, March 1st, 2010

Stevens County Washington is a fisherman, fisherwoman’s dream come true! Look at the list below! Many lakes with a good number of these being actually dammed rivers so the lakes are miles long. I purloined this list from this link: http://washington.hometownlocator.com/features/physical.cfm?class=lake&scfips=53065&startrow=1 I will be doing some updating on this list as I can find information on each of these lakes. I look forward to you being able to purchase a fine Emmrod fishing pole to use as you fish for trout, catfish, walleye, bluegill, sunfish, bass, and any of the other many fish in these lakes. Check back to this blog regularly as I will be updating this list with malice and aforethougt!
Name County USGS Topo Map
Ansaldo Lake Stevens Belshazzar Mountain
Bass Lake Stevens Echo Valley
Bayley Lake Stevens Cliff Ridge
Benjamin Lake Stevens Benjamin Lake
Benson Lake Stevens Nelson Peak
Black Lake Stevens Lake Gillette
Blue Lake Stevens Valley
Blue Lake Stevens Arden
Bowen Lake Stevens China Bend
Browns Lake Stevens Waitts Lake
Buck Lake Stevens Addy
Buhrig Lake Stevens Bossburg
Buzzard Lake Stevens Nelson Peak
Cedar Lake Stevens Leadpoint
Clark Lake Stevens Cedonia
Coffin Lake Stevens Lake Gillette
Dailey Lake Stevens Addy Mountain
De Hart Lake Stevens White Mud Lake
Deep Lake Stevens Deep Lake
Deer Lake Stevens Deer Lake
Dilly Lake Stevens Bossburg
Doe Lake Stevens Addy
Douglass Lake Stevens White Mud Lake
Dry Lake Stevens Echo Valley
Easter Sunday Lake Stevens Churchill Mountain
Elbow Lake Stevens Belshazzar Mountain
Erickson Lake Stevens Arden
Evans Pond Stevens Marcus
First Thought Lake Stevens Laurier
Fourmile Lake Stevens Waitts Lake
Fuhrman Lake Stevens Kettle Falls
Gilbert Lake Stevens Laurier
Gillette Lake Stevens Lake Gillette
Glasgo Lakes Stevens Bossburg
Hansen Lake Stevens Waitts Lake
Harlin Lake Stevens Marcus
Hatch Lake Stevens Addy Mountain
High Lake Stevens Addy
Hill Lake Stevens Marcus
Hirsch Pond Stevens Valley
Hooknose Lake Stevens Abercrombie Mountain
Horseshoe Lake Stevens Goddards Peak
Hyatt Lake Stevens Marcus
Johnson Lake Stevens Goddards Peak
Jumpoff Joe Lake Stevens Valley
Keogh Lake Stevens White Mud Lake
Knight Lake Stevens Four Mound Prairie
Lake City Lakes Stevens Echo Valley
Lake Heritage Stevens Aladdin Mountain
Lake Thomas Stevens Aladdin Mountain
Lamar Lake Stevens Churchill Mountain
Lee Lake Stevens Colville
Lenz Lake Stevens Arden
Little Pend Oreille Lakes Stevens Aladdin Mountain
Little Pierre Lake Stevens Laurier
Long Lake Stevens Addy Mountain
Loon Lake Stevens Deer Lake
Mathews Lake Stevens Little Falls
May Lake Stevens Colville
McCoy Lake Stevens McCoy Lake
Meadow Pond Stevens Waitts Lake
Mission Lake Stevens Kettle Falls
Mitchell Lake Stevens Kentry Ridge
Mud Lake Stevens Chewelah
Mudgett Lake Stevens Hunters
Nelson Lake Stevens Nelson Peak
Nettleton Lake Stevens Rice
Newbill Lake Stevens Hunters
O’Toole Lake Stevens China Bend
Pepoon Lake Stevens Belshazzar Mountain
Perkins Lake Stevens Bossburg
Phalon Lake Stevens China Bend
Phillips Lake Stevens Calispell Peak
Phillips Lake Stevens Northport
Pierce Lake Stevens Cliff Ridge
Pierre Lake Stevens Laurier
Pittman Lake Stevens Laurier
Potter Lake Stevens Colville
Quinns Meadows Stevens Spirit
Red Lake Stevens Tumtum
Reeder Lake Stevens Echo Valley
Rigley Lake Stevens Echo Valley
Rocky Lake Stevens Addy Mountain
Rolly Lake Stevens Arden
Ryan Lake Stevens Bossburg
Silver Crown Lake Stevens Northport
Starvation Lake Stevens Cliff Ridge
Summit Lake Stevens Laurier
Swede Lake Stevens Waitts Lake
Taylor Lake Stevens Laurier
Thompson Lake Stevens White Mud Lake
Turtle Lake Stevens Marcus
Turtle Lake Stevens Turtle Lake
White Lake Stevens White Mud Lake
White Mud Lake Stevens White Mud Lake
Williams Lake Stevens China Bend
Winslow Lake Stevens Cliff Ridge

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Vietnam, June 1972

Friday, February 26th, 2010

In Nov 1969, I won the lottery!  It changed the course of my life.  I would have pursued a living in horticulture.  The lottery changed all of that.  Yes, I won that all expenses paid, thankfully, round trip airline ticket.  Which one, you might ask?  The one to Vietnam, I would answer.   Thirteen months later, I got down from the bus at Fort Puke, Diseaseville, if you don’t like the weather, wait a minute,  Louseyana.  (Fort Polk, Leesville, Louisiana.)  Basic training, interrogation school, a year of Vietnamese language class and it was on that plane to Vietnam.  July 1972, touchdown at Tan Son Nhut Air Base, Saigon, Vietnam.

In a sense, it was not all new.  It was, after all, Asia!  Hot! Humid! Dirty! Polluted! Busy! All that was typical with much of my life growing up in the Philippines.  On the other hand, the people were smaller and thinner.  The noise of war, a bit louder just outside the city limits but also constant in a muted way within the city,  made a background soundtrack. Not obtrusive, not overwhelming, but, there. In town, the three wheeled cyclos both motorized and peddle driven vied for space with the taxis, the ugly duckling citroynes, the bicycles, the people, the overloaded motorcycles and push tricycle goods transporters.  On top of it all the airhorns of a thousand duce and a half trucks blaring their right of way through the mass.  This was offset by the strangeness of this new life.  One of the earliest memories I had was my first shower at the Ton San Nhut airport repo depot where we were billeted until we received our assignment.  The shower was a big half open building with an open shower bay.  As I stood there washing off the grime and sweat of a long trip, I was shocked to see the laundry lady and her teen age daughter walk in, squat down two shower heads away and start to hand wash some clothes.   Thankfully, I was highly lathered.  I quickly finished my shower and got out of there.  This was new and strange.

For what reason, I do not know, I was sitting in an administrative room a day or two later and in walks this tall thin man in civilian clothes.  He asked the clerk if he had any 97 Deltas (An intelligence field clerk.) The clerk said, all he had was me.  The civilian asked what my field was. “Interrogator, 96C,” I said.  ”Can you type?” he asked.  “Yes Sir, 65 words per minute.”  “That’s close enough for me,” he said.

I worked for this unit for the next nine months.  It was great! I shared a hotel room with two guys.  Leon C. who worked with me and some other guy I never saw in the nine months we lived together.  I guess he had a gal he actually lived with, but, he had to keep the room. I have to say, his part of the room was always neat!

Initially, we all worked in a large part of the ground floor of a hotel near our billet.  But, shortly after I got there, we moved our office to General Westmoreland’s old quarters.  It was a small house which was nice.  We cooked many of our meals there and our small group of five or six men worked long and hard at our assigned duties.

Here are some snapshots of my 9 months there:

The hotel I lived in was just down the street from another hotel the Viet Cong had bombed.  They had driven a vehicle packed with explosives up to the door and detonated it destroying the hotel and killing a number of people.  Because of that, the front of our hotel was heavily sandbagged.  I recall one 90 pound guard who would not let anyone stop including an American CIA operative who showed up on a motorcycle one night.  The guard locked and loaded his shotgun, fired into the air and the guy parked down the road and walked back.  He was pretty hot, identified himself and was able to move his motorcycle into the protected area.  I felt he was pretty arrogant and thought the guard had done a great thing.

The guy who hired me was known for his wild driving.  His nick name was Crash K—f. (I will protect the guilty).  One day, Gary B. (God rest his soul.) who looked and comported himself somewhite like a French Painter described a harrowing ride with Crash from the office to Tan Son Nhut Airport.  They left with about ten minutes to takeoff time.  The drive was at least an 18 minute drive for most people.  “Gary said, I couldn’t believe it! Sidewalks, ditches, the wrong side of the road, horn blaring all the way. Three chickens, two ducks and maybe a puppy dead.  I had my eyes closed when I wasn’t screaming.  I almost pooped my pants and am sure I peed them a bit.  BUT we made it with two minutes to spare!”  I bumped paths with Gary on and off for the next ten to twelve years  and recall him fondly.

Bob Hope and the Miss America crew came through along with Ann Margaret as I recall.  After about six months of seeing the relatively thin, short Vietnamese women, I walked out of a hotel as the retinue of American Beauties was walking into the hotel.  What Giants! I thought.  I went to the Bob Hope show, but, it did not do much for me. There was a huge, packed crowd there though and I appreciate his groups willingness to put themselves in harms way to provide a taste of home to us.

There are many more recollections, some vague, some fuzzy, some sharp, some painful and many happy.  As time permits, I will try to bring some of them to life for a few moments.

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