One thing that can make or break the good times of a trip is group dynamics. The people that you are about to spend approximately 16-18 hours per day around for many days in a row, while engaging in the types of behavior that can bring out peoples difficult side (fishing, weather, alcohol, inadequate bathroom facilities, etc), had better be able to get along.
And I can say without hesitation that these are some kick-ass guys.
The Beaver Bash 2014 crew photographically, in no particular order:
John Arnold (the semi-incognito)
And, your Photographic Narrator
That is what a good times havin’, drink swiggin’, fish stickin’, bunch of guys looks like, if anybody asks.
For today’s island tip
I would say that within a closed environment where peoples actions will ripple and echo throughout such as a small island community it is important to be with people you get along with (whether they like the movie Spaceballs or not). It makes everything a whole lot more pleasant. If you do find yourself in the company of questionable personalities, just sit a few seats away at the bar, keeping your guilt-by-association to a minimum. (I did notice at one point that I was the last remaining person belly-up at the Stoney one night…)
Pete McDonald once said that the only two rules of fly fishing should be 1) don’t be an asshole, and 2) make the cast. Some time later Pete truncated the thought to solely “Don’t be an asshole.” Which is perfect. (Making the cast, however, never hurts)
-Alex who appreciates the company of good people.
On this day we thank:
Angela Lefevre, and Island Airways for giving us amazing service and just being some damn nice people.
Steve West, and the Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce for their great hospitality, and Steve in particular for the fine drinking company.