I met SLIM. Mel & Slim picked us up for breakfast at Jack's Corner Bar. It was delicious, I had eggs and pancakes. The Pancakes were delicious. Just like I like them and we had real maple syrup, jack's own. Then we went out to the Estate of Slim, Mel and Brandy. Brandy is getting old but a sweet loving Golden Retriever (I think). Such a sweet dog.
Slim took us out to his play house, their son Sam(I am) joined us. Sam is the trapper. This is where Slim dresses the animals, makes the sausage and prepares it for keeping, most of it it smoked I think. He has a smoker that will do 200lbs at a time.
I always get my picture taken with big folk, when I don't have my stool to stand on!! This is our Host Slim, he's tall and that ain't all. This guy knows about as much as Mel.
Mel welcoming us inside the Museum. Their house is a living friendly wildlife display museum. They built the house from trees cut on their property.
Whoa, inside one of the first things you see is Sam's Bear. This one weighed much over 500 lbs. I learned real quick, these are not taken for trophies, this meat is eaten. These families live off the land. They heat primarily the house and water with wood. Many hours of labor goes into the cutting hauling and splitting of the wood for the coming winter. Note the inside paneling. All from their property.
Now here is Slim with one of his Bucks. He was very proud of this one, and I don't blame him.
Slim let me wear his hunting and trapping hat, I felt like old Davy. There was my bear.
Never to be out done here is Mel with a trophy fish.
There were also skins, and trophy size Walleye and Pike.
And not to be out done again she got this one last year with a 30.06.
Awhile back while Slim was gone Moose hunting, Mel poured and stamped this patio. The water fall starts from an old hand pump. (If you have ben reading 'Up North with Mel' you seen this in the works). Slim was surprised when he got back. He told me one thing I have learned don't tell the girl she cannot do something, she will show you! I believe him.
Now the surprise fo the trip, We are going to see mom. The farm is huge, the home comfortable. But see that Big Buck, Mom got that one, there is one just as big on the other side of the split rock fireplace and mantel. (The Dad done that). (Word of advice don't mess with these women, they can shoot!)
As I said these animals are for food. The wild game is taken to support the family. Some folk raise cattle and some folk think nothing of eating a good steak, but frown on a family hunting their meat in the winter to sustain their families. All of our ancestors did just that.
But the pride of this family is in this shed. Before the patriarch of this family passed on he wanted to build a River Boat. One like he had hunted and fished in in his younger years. He took the family to the woods and pointed the trees he would need. The boys cut the trees and prepared them the way he instructed. You would have to see this beauty up close. the wood work is fantastic. the different woods used for a reason. The decking is fitted small pieces I don't remember the different woods. But they were small strips 1-1 1/2 " wide. fitted three of one kind of wood then one of another then three again. Put together with brass screws. I only remember the mid seat was of Birch and the front seat or back seat was walnut. The oar locks were lined with Moose or Deer leather to work as a sort of bearing. The boat was branded by Dad's brand that was a combination of letters that formed his brand.
The whole family is so proud of this boat, dad had been gone now about three years, his legacy, his memory and tales of his accomplishments will continue as long as this family lives.