How are you spending your Corona isolation time?

SpaceBus

Minister of Fire
Nov 18, 2018
4,763
Downeast Maine
@moresnow No problem. Honestly a kayak is the best way to float the river. It has riffles but no real swift spots that I would consider dangerous. A kayak is much easier to maneuver as well. As far as how big it is....there are eddies that are around 15 to 20 feet deep and the river on average is maybe 75 to 100 feet wide. Lol I'm no fly fisherman.....I just never had or took the time to learn how but a spin cast is all I ever used. Fall is the least crowded time. I have had good luck with rooster tails....red and white was always my favorite.....for trout. Keep in mind that the small mouth fishing is good as well. A good fake crawl dad on the bottom of river bed with slight jerking action works well for them but rooster tails work as well. I have always had my best luck for both in deepish swift water or where swift water swirls into a deep eddy. And around trees in the water or boulders. Anywhere from below Bennet spring to Barclay spring acess's are great trout fishing but there tends to be more people on that stretch of river. Lead mine conservation access to berry bluff access is my favorite......real secluded and a lot less people but it tends to be mostly smallies and goggle eye.
I want to get a spin cast and a bait cast for my grandfather in law's old fishing poles. I've been reading that there is good trout fishing to be done on kayaks here in downeast Maine. I haven't gone fishing since I was a kid using chicken livers for catfish below a dam or using night crawlers on the lake shores for perch and bluegill.
 
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Grizzerbear

Minister of Fire
Feb 12, 2019
675
SW Missoura
Wowzers, we had a big day here, this morning at 6:15am I saw the newspaper man, then I was on the phone with my sister and my neighbor got an oil delivery, I almost had to hang up with here cause so many things were happening in the neighborhood
Im envisioning "the burbs" with tom hanks. Lol.....great movie.
I want to get a spin cast and a bait cast for my grandfather in law's old fishing poles. I've been reading that there is good trout fishing to be done on kayaks here in downeast Maine. I haven't gone fishing since I was a kid using chicken livers for catfish below a dam or using night crawlers on the lake shores for perch and bluegill.
I've always wanted to make it up to Maine someday. Beautiful country. The presumpscot river where the ice swirls in a circle. That's cool. I Are trout native there or are they stocked....I'm guessing native. I dont know if you have a kayak or not but I would suggest a sit on top. Much easier to get in and out of....and they wont sink lol.
Shelter in place with the NES 'Paperboy' video game. ==c Ancient, primitive history..almost like going back to 1918. ;lol :oops:
And always use plenty of smilies. ;)
Excitebike for nes. Man I loved makin my own dirt bikes race tracks. Oooooooh......and mutant league football for dreamcast lol. Good times
 

SpaceBus

Minister of Fire
Nov 18, 2018
4,763
Downeast Maine
Im envisioning "the burbs" with tom hanks. Lol.....great movie.


I've always wanted to make it up to Maine someday. Beautiful country. The presumpscot river where the ice swirls in a circle. That's cool. I Are trout native there or are they stocked....I'm guessing native. I dont know if you have a kayak or not but I would suggest a sit on top. Much easier to get in and out of....and they wont sink lol.

Excitebike for nes. Man I loved makin my own dirt bikes race tracks. Oooooooh......and mutant league football for dreamcast lol. Good times
We have folding sit in kayaks, but they float no matter what so no worries. Definitely agree on the sit on type being easier to deal with. The water here is way too cold for a sit on type though.
 
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peakbagger

Minister of Fire
Jul 11, 2008
5,619
Northern NH
Im envisioning "the burbs" with tom hanks. Lol.....great movie.


I've always wanted to make it up to Maine someday. Beautiful country. The presumpscot river where the ice swirls in a circle. That's cool. I Are trout native there or are they stocked....I'm guessing native. I dont know if you have a kayak or not but I would suggest a sit on top. Much easier to get in and out of....and they wont sink lol.

Excitebike for nes. Man I loved makin my own dirt bikes race tracks. Oooooooh......and mutant league football for dreamcast lol. Good times
I am not a fisherman but do know a bit about the brook trout in Maine. The State did go overboard stocking fish in years past plus has a fair share of "bucket biologists" who illegally introduce fish into waterways. There is big effort these days to leave smaller rural ponds with native fisheries including brook trout. There are even a few remote ponds that have "golden trout" which are isolated populations of Artic Char left over from the last glaciers. They are "life list" fish for some fisherman. The state also have a few wild landlocked salmon populations in some lakes. Sadly the Atlantic salmon is listed as endangered and even after years and millions of dollars trying to bring them back there is not much success. Maine also went wild stocking lake trout in landlocked salmon waters year ago and they have been trying to knock them back over the years as they chow down on the smelts that the salmon go for.

The NW corner of Maine is mostly owned by private timberland owners, there are no public roads but there is private road network and more ponds lakes and rivers than most will ever visit as they not easy to get to. The Presumpscot is in southern Maine. It had a lot of industry over the years on it and there were dams built on it back in the 1700s, it was effectively an open sewer forhalf its length until the clean water act in the 1970s. Starting at the ocean there has been a long term effort to remove dams and put in fish ladders. No salmon yet but several varieties of andramodous fish are showing up upriver each time a dam is removed or fish passage is installed The big ice circle was in downtown Westbrook a suburb of Portland.

Eastern Maine where SpaceBus lives has population along the coast but go inland a short distance and its timberland with a lot of ponds and river chains. Most toursts stick to the coast south of Acadia National Park, not much tourist traffic inland except on the big lakes. The state has a overly abundant black fly population in the spring and early summer and they only breed in clean water. They are a major impediment to fisherman and other outdoors folks until the taper off and the mosquitoes move in.
 

SpaceBus

Minister of Fire
Nov 18, 2018
4,763
Downeast Maine
I am not a fisherman but do know a bit about the brook trout in Maine. The State did go overboard stocking fish in years past plus has a fair share of "bucket biologists" who illegally introduce fish into waterways. There is big effort these days to leave smaller rural ponds with native fisheries including brook trout. There are even a few remote ponds that have "golden trout" which are isolated populations of Artic Char left over from the last glaciers. They are "life list" fish for some fisherman. The state also have a few wild landlocked salmon populations in some lakes. Sadly the Atlantic salmon is listed as endangered and even after years and millions of dollars trying to bring them back there is not much success. Maine also went wild stocking lake trout in landlocked salmon waters year ago and they have been trying to knock them back over the years as they chow down on the smelts that the salmon go for.

The NW corner of Maine is mostly owned by private timberland owners, there are no public roads but there is private road network and more ponds lakes and rivers than most will ever visit as they not easy to get to. The Presumpscot is in southern Maine. It had a lot of industry over the years on it and there were dams built on it back in the 1700s, it was effectively an open sewer forhalf its length until the clean water act in the 1970s. Starting at the ocean there has been a long term effort to remove dams and put in fish ladders. No salmon yet but several varieties of andramodous fish are showing up upriver each time a dam is removed or fish passage is installed The big ice circle was in downtown Westbrook a suburb of Portland.

Eastern Maine where SpaceBus lives has population along the coast but go inland a short distance and its timberland with a lot of ponds and river chains. Most toursts stick to the coast south of Acadia National Park, not much tourist traffic inland except on the big lakes. The state has a overly abundant black fly population in the spring and early summer and they only breed in clean water. They are a major impediment to fisherman and other outdoors folks until the taper off and the mosquitoes move in.
Agreed on the blackflies, they are difficult. A mesh shirt and long everything makes it better. A local soil and water expert said the black flies are a blessing and a curse. They are great food for wildlife like birds and fish, but obviously mammals aren't a fan.
 

PaulOinMA

Minister of Fire
Oct 20, 2018
780
MA
Several of the guys from my wife's former church have cabins at the former Methodist campground in Machias in the area of Spacebus. They all do their annual church mission trip there.

Another of the guys has a cabin north-northwest (I think) of there on some lake.

That all like the area.
 
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SpaceBus

Minister of Fire
Nov 18, 2018
4,763
Downeast Maine
Several of the guys from my wife's former church have cabins at the former Methodist campground in Machias in the area of Spacebus. They all do their annual church mission trip there.

Another of the guys has a cabin north-northwest (I think) of there on some lake.

That all like the area.
Probably Gardner or Meddybemps.
 

johneh

Minister of Fire
Dec 19, 2009
3,121
Eastern Ontario
Hi guys

Just be careful because people are going crazy from being in lockdown! Actually I've just been talking about this with the microwave and toaster while drinking coffee and all of us agreed that things are getting bad. I didn't mention anything to the washing machine as she puts a different spin on everything. Certainly not to the fridge as he is acting cold and distant. In the end, the iron straightened me out as she said everything will be fine, no situation is too pressing. The hoover was very unsympathetic... told me to just suck it up, but the fan was more optimistic and hoped it would all soon blow over! The toilet looked a bit flushed when I asked its opinion and didn’t say anything but the doorknob told me to get a grip. The front door said I was unhinged and so the curtains told me to ........yes, you guessed it .....pull myself together.

Loved this
Made me laugh
Ya'll go ahead and steal it - I did!
 

SpaceBus

Minister of Fire
Nov 18, 2018
4,763
Downeast Maine
You are a motivated individual. I haven't gone for a run since summer 2015, right before my med-board started.
 

begreen

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Staff member
Nov 18, 2005
85,009
South Puget Sound, WA
I go out on a daily walk, about 1.5 miles. If I run my knees remind me for the next 2 days, so I keep it to a brisk walk. Glad to see the big leaf maples are in bloom and starting to leaf out. The leaves can grow to a foot across. Field TP!
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While on my walk I decided a good thing to do would be to bring along a bag and pick up roadside trash. I was surprised how much I found and I walk this route a lot.
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EatenByLimestone

Minister of Fire
Jul 12, 2006
7,375
Schenectady, NY
I haven't ran for more than a mile since I graduated HS. Maybe I ran a bit in college. I ran enough for wrestling to last a lifetime! But I'll walk however long vf anybody wants to walk. I probably walked 7 or so miles this weekend.
 
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EatenByLimestone

Minister of Fire
Jul 12, 2006
7,375
Schenectady, NY
I thought of getting the kid to bring a bag. She could return the cans for a nickel each and make some cash.
 

Jan Pijpelink

Minister of Fire
Jan 2, 2015
1,852
South Jersey
I work from home for the last 12 years, so no change for me. Before dinner my wife and I go for a 20 minute walk. Go to store for essentials and that's it. The lady used to go to the gym twice a week, not anymore. She also teaches line dance twice a week. Also on hold, considering the attendees are all 70+.
 

SpaceBus

Minister of Fire
Nov 18, 2018
4,763
Downeast Maine
Mostly I just like to eat and drink beer.
I dropped 75lbs about 5 years ago and the running helps keep it off.
Usually I average between 15-20 miles a week.
That's where I was when I wrestled and in the army. I hike and stay active in other ways now.
 

tlc1976

Minister of Fire
Oct 7, 2012
547
Northwest Lower Michigan
Was 50f and sunny so I cut up and moved some trees on the edge of the woods that fell into the yard over the winter. Moved a pile of scrap that I had to dump in a snowbank in a pinch mid winter, to back behind the pole barn where it belongs. Considering most of the snowbank has melted. Charged up one summer car, the other one wouldn’t take a charge. I found it had a stripped battery bolt so I replaced that and got it on the charger now.
 

Ashful

Minister of Fire
Mar 7, 2012
15,715
Philadelphia
Serious wood splitting in my future.
I thought about splitting some wood today, but my wife has been so tuned up over the idea of anyone in this house ending up in the ER this week over any stupid common injury, that I decided to refrain for the sake of her sanity.

If you get to that wood, be sure to be careful. The hospital is not a great place to find yourself this month, even if it's only for a smashed finger.

I spent my weekend doing yard and garden work, then figuring how to modify a agricultural-grade 3-point seed and fertilizer broadcaster to a John Deere iMatch hitch, and putting a stand under the thing for easy hook-up and removal. Ordering material this week, and will have some fun welding next weekend. I put down 2350 lb. of pelletized lime with that spreader yesterday, and have 650 lb. of fertilizer to run thru it next weekend.
 
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MTY

Feeling the Heat
Jan 9, 2019
409
Idaho
I am well into round 2 of the sheetrock taping and mudding. It is looking good with minimal sanding required. Today was mostly ceiling work, so the shoulders and legs got a pretty good work out. Yesterday I pruned and burned brush. I have been scheduled for more pruning and burning on Tuesday.
I have to pick up about 10 gallons of primer but dread the trip to town.
 
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kennyp2339

Minister of Fire
Feb 16, 2014
5,240
07462
If you get to that wood, be sure to be careful. The hospital is not a great place to find yourself this month, even if it's only for a smashed finger.
I spent the whole day yesterday cutting up big log lengths, sure was slow work but I got through 6 lengths at 32-40" diameter, and believe me, every cut was thought out for that very reason, wore my chainsaw chaps, by back belt, hat, safety glasses and work gloves.
As much as I don't like doing this, I also noodled the biggest of the big to reduce the weight of the rounds, even though I use my tractor buckets as my log lift.
 

SpaceBus

Minister of Fire
Nov 18, 2018
4,763
Downeast Maine
We put up a few sheets of plywood and some windows on the chicken coop today. Tomorrow we hope to get the front door hung and the last window put up.
 

MTY

Feeling the Heat
Jan 9, 2019
409
Idaho
I shaved for the first time in about 10 days, put on clothes without holes in them, put on my respectable shoes and took the missus to the hospital for scheduled testing. The let her in, but refused me entry. All good news on her end, but I had to shave 3 times to get it all off and all for naught. I waited in the car for about 2 hours, and that is the longest I have not been busy in as long as I can remember.
 
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peakbagger

Minister of Fire
Jul 11, 2008
5,619
Northern NH
I started a project that has been on the list for a while, I am developing a plot plan for a potential house lot on my woodlot. I have surveying gear that I use infrequently, its pretty primitive compared to the current gear but does have electronic distance measurement (EDM) so I can do it solo but its real slow as once I am set up I have to walk out to the point I want to measure, set a reflecting target so it does not fall over, walk back to the "transit" (these days they call it a station) take my readings and then walk back to the target, move it and do it again. This is on a sloped wooded area backed up by a steeper slope with a fair share of roots and rocks so the walking back and fourth can be challenging. There is modern gear that makes this a lot quicker but hard to justify having a 10 to 15K extra investment I would rarely use. Even though there is mature canopy there is enough low brush that pops up in a month or so that makes getting the shots harder.

Note I legally cannot do boundary line work or pound property corners in place as I am not a licensed surveyor but I can locate the features on the property and figure out the contour lines to figure out the best place for a future house. Once I have that, I can figure out what trees can be cut down and the ones I should leave. I do not have fancy survey software so there is lot of manual data entry and calculations before I end up with a plot plan which is good rainy weather work.

I dont have a recent photo but the view is similar to this (although the ravine has a lot more snow in it this time of winter ) The bump to the left is the second highest mountain in NH, Mt Adams and the ravine is Kings Ravine home of some of the steepest hiking trails in NH

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Dataman

Minister of Fire
Sep 10, 2018
832
Newport, Wa
We have started Spring cleanup of Branches and couple of trees that fell over or snapped. Lots of free firewood for Wife's Niece. Going to go out shopping this AM. Ready for anything in my N100 Mask and bringing my 911 with me also (Nutjobs).