I think the thumb up says it all: July 4, 2014 was more memorable than most others. Anytime you find Hank Williams Jr. floating in a lake, you know its special.
Ok, it wasn’t Hank – it was my former college roommate Jordan.
The Fourth of July is a time for families, friends and complete strangers to come together and celebrate America’s independence.
Last year’s fourth brought the trials and tribulations of building a deck from top to bottom. Quite a task for a set of greenhorns. As a side note, we started working on the railings on July 5, 2014 and we crushed it!
Back to the matter at hand, the Fourth of July.
We decided a couple of months beforehand to make a fishing expedition to the Audubon Society’s Edward M. Brigham III Sanctuary in Spiritwood, N.D., roughly 22,000 acres of land managed by one of my other former roommates, Marshall.
We, Marshall, Jordan and his wife Katie, stayed in the caretakers house, Fred and Carol, the night prior and began the next day at 4:30 a.m. We packed most everything prior to the mosquito invasion the night before and set out on the adventure running on danish and ham.
Before long, we turned to Hamms… As a means of desperation to pass the time.
So now that the boat was landed, the next matter was to move the truck. However, sitting in the middle of the road, she just wouldn’t kick over so we needed to have Fred jump start it so we could move it – delaying our start time on the lake.
Not pictured was the moment we tried to put Jordan into the boat to start our fishing. While we all four stood afloat in the boat, the minute we began to back out from shore and back into the middle of the lake, we took on water – a healthy sip in fact. Marshall immediately shouted “OH HELL NO! NO NO NO NO NO”
We wrapped up at about 9:45 a.m. and headed back to the cabin, where Carol cooked us an amazing breakfast. A fabulous egg bake and homemade carmel rolls – so good in fact, we got the “Itis” and crashed for about two hours.
After unpacking the car and getting some food, we went to Moorhead State for Fargo’s firework show.
At 10:30 p.m., the show began.
The tradition of a Fargo Fourth never gets old. There’s always a new adventure and it never gets stale.