© By Othmar Vohringer
This is an update of what’s new and what’s happening here at Outdoors with Othmar Vohringer.
In an earlier update post I announced that I soon will add a new blog to my network. A few fellow bloggers discovered BC Fishing Blog before it officially went online. Kristine was the first to find the new blog and promptly posted about it on the OBS blog in addition of installing a link to my new blog. Thank you! By the way, for those that don’t know, Kristine has been quite ill for a long time and had me worried almost day and night. I am glad to see that she is out of hospital, back at work and blogging away.
My good blogging friend Eagle Eyes, the trout hunter from Idaho also discovered the new fishing blog long before it was scheduled to be announced. Eagle eyes too has been very ill for a long time and had me worried. It seems a particular nasty type of flu makes the rounds in North America. Eagle Eyes tells me that he feels a lot better and I am glad he does because I sure missed his posts.
Mike, a fellow Canadian from Montréal, who writes the Walleye Blog also visited the BC Fishing Blog and that is how I discovered his blog. All I can say is that if you like walleye fishing it is imperative that you visit Mike’s blog. If it has to do with walleye you will find it all on that blog, including cooking recipes. Great blog and I had no hesitation to add his link to my BC Fishing Blog.
So what is BC Fishing Blog all about? Well, as the name suggests it’s all about the worlds fishing capitol British Columbia. Besides my personal fishing reports you will find information about fishing regulations, locations, events, news and of course fishing tackle reviews, tips and tricks of the trade. The BC Fishing Blog is mainly aimed at the 1.5 million fishers in British Columbia and the 3.6 million fishing tourists from around the world on their annual pilgrimage to British Columbia. There is information that any fisher might find helpful regardless of where he or she may live.
I encourage you to visit the BC Fishing Blog, now that it is officially online, and all the bugs have been dealt with. If you like it, and I am sure you will, I gladly exchange links with any blog that writes about the outdoors, be that hunting, fishing, conservation or anything else outdoorsy.
Okay that is one part of the good news. I am not sure if you’re going to be thrilled with the next news item. In the very near future I will spend a lot less time on this and the other blogs. That period will be followed by a week, or so, where I am completely offline.
Why, what’s up? We’re house hunting our dream to own our own house in a place we really like has become a realty. We are hopeful that we will move sometime toward the end of April or beginning of May. If you’re curious as to how the house hunting goes, head over to 12mothsOfWiter where my wife keeps everybody updated on the subject and offers some helpful tips and information that we had to learn the hard way. The regular readers of Outdoors with Othmar Vohringer may still remember my hunting reports Weekend Trip to Merritt, In Search of Big Bucks and A Weekend of Hunting.
In these posts it has become pretty obvious that I have fallen in love with a particular area of British Columbia. The Okanagan is one of the most beautiful regions of BC and guess what. Our future home is going to be smack in the middle of that region. Merritt is a quaint little town nestled in the rolling hills and framed by two rivers that produce trophy sized steelhead. If you’re a country music fan then you also must have heard of Merritt. This small town of 6’990 country folks plays host to Canada’s largest (North Americas second largest) Country Music Festival. Each year from July 10 to 13 Merritt welcomes a county music loving crowd outnumbering the population by the thousands. The next annual event on the calendar in Merritt is the very popular Rodeo. Merritt has its own Pro Rodeo Association, small wonder the town is surrounded by large ranches where real cowboys still ride on horseback along the rivers and over rolling hills in search for a lost cow or calf.
I think by now you begin to understand why I fell in love with this small town, as a cowboy at heart, this is the place I have been dreaming about since I was a small boy. But wait it gets better! As a hunter and fisher I will live in paradise. Merritt offers the best fishing and hunting in all of Canada. Country music, rodeo, the best hunting and fishing and all of that practically within walking distance of our new home. I am ecstatic?
We're really looking forward to the move from the rainy, humid climate of the Lower Mainland to the sunny and much drier prairie like climate of Merritt. It is going to be a long haul and that needs careful planning and packing so we wont have to drive the 200 miles several times back and forth. With all that going on I will have less time to be on my blogs and then there will be a time when we get set up in Merritt were I will be offline. The exact date will be revealed as soon everything is written in stone.
And finally, for all those avid hunters that are now out and about chasing big toms. If you head over to Wild Turkey Fever blog you can read my latest tips on getting that call shy longbeard close enough to get a shot at him.
Tags: Fishing Blogs, British Columbia, Merritt, Rodeo, Country Music Festival