and not only because of the amazing fishing that will inevitably occur. I mean…that is GREAT, but I also love the anticipation leading up to the day we will finally pack up the truck and head out. I love washing all my gear and shuffling through my tacklebox and the trips to Cabelas. All of these things are soooo much fun and make the trip feel as though it will last forever.
When my family plans a trip, we do everything ourselves. There are no travel agents or guides, and this makes it more fun and adventurous for me. That is not to say that travel agents and guides are not useful…some people swear by them, and I can understand that!! For me, however, the adventure starts the day I decide to take a trip and does not end until I return home. Because my family does all our own planning, the excitment and anticipation surrounding our trip can last for MONTHS!!
In honor of our AWESOME upcoming trip to Mackay Lake in Northwest Territories, I have decided to do a 5 part series entitled “How To Plan Your Own Do-It-Yourself Fishing Trip.” The series will include sections on researching and picking a lake and lodge, ordering maps and navigating lakes, packing and grocery shopping, the importance of good gear and tackle, and other essential tips for planning a self guided trip.
Although the terms “self guided” and “do-it-yourself” often evokes an absolute sense of fear in people, it is really a very simple and rewarding experience. Being prepared and educated before you go is the way to combat most uncomfortable situations that can arise on these types of trips. Fear is never a reason to not experience the feeling of pride that comes from truly being one with nature.
The sense of accomplishment that comes from this wild adventure is one that has been felt by explorers for hundreds (if not thousands) of years. We owe it to ourselves to experience life to the fullest. I never feel more alive or blessed than when I stand on an island in the middle of a lake that only a handful of people in the world have also stood on.
In my opinion, we should all be so lucky to experience that feeling. I hope you enjoy the series, and that it serves to alievate any fears you may have about amping up the adventure in your life…whatever that may mean to you!!
Check back tomorrow for Part One in the “How To Plan Your Own Do-It-Yourself Fishing Trip” series entitled “RESEARCH – The Fundamentals Of Choosing A Good Location.“
Happy Planning ~
LIZZY aka The Fisherbabe