When Mrs. Ipsa and I were married we had two ideas of how to spend our honeymoon. Maybe I should say two ideas of where to spend it. I had a good idea how I wanted to spend it. She wanted to take a color tour of the Northeastern US. I wanted to get married and start working on that how business. The one thing I didn't want to do was wait until the fall of the year to do it.
We compromised. She got to marry me in the spring, before I could wise up and get away. I agreed to take a color tour vacation in October. The big question was what to do after the wedding. I had a pretty good idea. She wasn't willing to go along with Plan A.
I had always wanted to spend a week fishing in Canada. My new wife was game. That kinda sold me on her too. How many women are going to let you take them into the northern wilds to fish on your honeymoon? Only the good ones.
I picked up the phone and called Joe at Call of the North and told him what I wanted to do. He thought it was a great idea and even cut me a break on the cabin. The fishing was always good and the rates reasonable. I was hooked and made other trips over the years. I always wanted to hunt up there but never had both the time and the money.
I've gone to Canada and used other outfitters. I've never liked them as well as Joe. After getting a moose this year, I decided I wanted to try again, and maybe get some fishing in too. So I decided to check out what it would cost me to hunt with him. That's when I learned that they are retiring and they have the place up for sale.
Years ago Joe offered to sell me the place. Maybe I should have taken him up on it. I hope its been a good life for Joe and Paula. I hate to see them go. Their son is a banker in MN and I don't think any of the kids want to keep the business going. I hope a good family buys it and makes it a place for memories for another generation.