This is our 6th annual boys weekend get-together (starting in 2013 in Lloyd),
and this year we went to Elbow, SK as a back-up for a pilot-error-induced change
of plans to go to Cree.


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First, I came in and overnighted at my Mom's and got to see her fresh surgery scars. This is from
a 2nd surgery for my Mom's knee to remove the pins. I think staples are awesome.


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Since this was somewhat last minute to try to make plans for the long weekend, we wound up at Elbow's
Lakeside RV park for camping. Earl brought his trailer which we slept in, but Erik had just bought this
giant tent and wanted to try it out. Here are Benny and Erik getting the tent set up.


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Earl decided that no good camping trip is complete without a deep-fryer, so he brought his new
turkey fryer and, um, 60 L of canola oil for a good weekend.


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Sip, don't slurp folks.


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Here's Erik with the deep fryer - he's excited!


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The Harbor Golf Club has a really nice site, just above the marina in Elbow.


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Nice sunset from here - you might remember this location from the great send-off of 2002...


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Erik brought his fishing boat so that we could pretend that we're actually fishermen and catch
som fish. Here's Erik captaining the boat as we headed north-west to check out some fishing spots.


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Heading towards Gardiner Dam on Lake Diefenbaker actually produces some really nice views of sand
cliffs and pretty beaches. Here's Benny checking out a cliff.


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The champion, the legend, the man, Erik Olson.


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Benny fishing from the front of the boat.


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We were amazed to see the number of pelicans all over this lake. Benny's checking out pelicans
and sand castle cliff walls.


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Benny's also sorting out how to manage fishing line...


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The boss with a nice view of the shore. A note here is that Erik is the ultimate host. Not only
did he bring his boat to let us fish together, he also ran it the entire time, which mostly meant that
he'd only fish when he had a spare minute. We should have paid him a guide's rate.


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And yet, Earl was the first one to catch a fish. Erik is holding Earl's fish since he'd be the one
to have to get the hook out of the fish and sort it out.


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Erik holding Earl's first fish catch of the trip.


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Earl holding his fish.


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Pelicans in the sky.


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Erik did wind up catching the biggest fish of the day however, earning himself a tidy $15!


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Here's Benny as we head into a small inlet to look for fish.


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Erik shows off his special attention to safety detail with a 'bailing can' that is actually a beer can.


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Erik struggles for balance in relieving himself.

Video of Erik struggling not to fall over


Our boat tour on Lake Diefenbaker is HERE


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Some yummy deep-fried cheese with marinara sauce.


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Earl preparing to deep-fry bologna. On this night, we had chicken wings, french fries, onion rings,
tater tots, and deep-fried cheese in the fryer. So, we made good use of it. We also had a bag salad.
Really!

Video of Earl with the deep-fried bologna



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We played a bit of ladder golf as well in the next field to the RV park.


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Benny with deep-fried bologna.


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Yummy bologna!


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It tasted like a cross between char carbon and bologna. So, not amazing, but definitely unique.


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Our Sunday was a pretty stormy day with Erik getting blown away in his tent, the trailer getting
pounded with rain, and a pretty slow morning to get ourselves moving. We went for a drive to the
Gardiner Dam to have a look around the area. We stopped near the spillway to try our luck
catching fish.


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Benny caught himself a little jack.


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And now from the front.


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Amazingly, I caught my first fish of the year - a 'gold eye', apparently a terrible-tasting fish
that is really only used for dog food. It looks cool though.


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We also stopped at the visitor centre and saw Big Bert, an actual crocodile fossil found in Sask
near Carrot River. Really, this thing lived in Sask many moons ago! See more on Big Bert HERE


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We next tried our luck closer to the actual power towers, or more accurately, the towers that access
the penstock of the Gardiner Dam. Again, no success here.


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The towers above the water inlet tunnels for the Coteau Creek power station.


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The water was so warm that we waded into the lake to get farther casts. Again, no luck here.


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We made pizza bush pies for late lunch that day. Here's Erik dressing his pizza.


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Then we decided to hit the boat again for a bit more fishing, launching just before 5pm for an
evening boat ride. The sky looked blue and welcoming after the day's storms.


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I caught a nice walleye as Erik was trolling a small inlet near the marina. This wound up being the
big fish of the day (and the first fish) so it paid out!


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Sooo, we wound up going for a bit longer ride than we initially thought. Here's the south east part of the
lake towards the Qu'appelle Dam, and we caught some cool sun rays going through the clouds.


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Earl went on a bit of a tear catching a few gold eyes by the earth dam.


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I think he's going in for a kiss here.


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The happy doctor with a little fish. Again, these fish are apparently good only for dog food, but we
kept them as we didn't know that little nugget of info.


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A nice captain shot in the setting sun. We then had a ~20 km boat ride back to the marina in choppy
waters and pretty damp all around. Apparently we didn't have enough power to get 'up on the step' and
so we pushed wake the entire way back.


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Benny in the front of the boat trying to stay dry.


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A look at the boys in the boat on the way back to the marina


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After crashing into a rock reef less than a km from the marina (thankfully no one was hurt), we made
it to shore just as it was getting dark. This is surgeon Earl's attempt at fileting his gold eye,
which we decided was a waste of time.


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Note the path of destruction, complete with scales everywhere.

See our boat path to the dam HERE


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Mornings start well with a breakfast bush pie with eggs, cheese, and ham. Thanks Earl for showing us
the way here.


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We closed off our weekend with a round of golf at the Harbor course. Here's Benny hitting.


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The course is quite pretty, sitting above the lake. Here are the boys on hole 6 I think.


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Benny is quite proud here as he made contact with the ball.

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