>I think all of these ideas are great! BUT this area is so different from other areas that i think most people have trouble imagining plausible scenarios. I have heard many, many fishers speaking of 'their pole, their rod". these are salt of the earth people who actually fish everyday! Not for a hobby, but for food. And you do not have to fly fish in the lake, so all you need is a rod. you can find your own bait in the ground. >As far a snowboarding, etc, there has not been ant snow this season, so far. So winter activities are off the list. > Personally, I think DR was scowling at his mother in that text. >and yes, people hitchhiking stick their thumbs out here all the time. >and the children around here tend to be outdoorsy, even if they do not call themselves "outdoorsy".