Summer Vacation, Day 72: Gang's All Here (Belated)

Been sleeping on the houseboat with the full moon for a night light. Jill and her kids (plus her boxer) came up to the lake, too, and the boys (minus Trevvy) went fishing. Lots of too-small walleye.

Then Brendan finally hooked something. The pole bent double. The drag whined as line was pulled out against the reel's wishes Dziadzi was ready with the net, and Gabe and Kyle were cheering him on ... and it spit the hook. Oof. We all felt terrible, and Dziadzi shouted something it's best I don't repeat here.

Brendan took it in stride. He imagines a massive fish and tells a good story. Dziadzi tells him his great-grandpa caught few fish, but always caught the biggest. He sees himself in that light.

Gabe suspects the fish was "Old Mocker" - the fish who's been jumping on all sides of the houseboat this entire trip. Gabe imagines a wise and clever fish who, like Moby Dick, can show up in one place and then somewhere else entirely nearly simultaneously.

He called the fish "Old Mocker," of course, because it continued to mock us each time we set out ...

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