What was your weirdest childhood vacation experience?

Mudassir Ali
Jan 23, 2020 03:17 PM 0 Answers
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Mudassir Ali
- Jan 23, 2020 03:17 PM

More sad than weird, but in a church Sunday School contest I had won first prize, which was a new rod, reel, and tackle box with lures, hooks, bobbers & weights. We lived in Kirkland, Washington. I was in fifth grade. We headed to the coast for the Memorial Day weekend. I couldn’t wait to bait up and catch a trophy salmon! Until then, all I had to fish with was a bamboo pole. Not even a reel! My folks didn’t have much money in those days (mid 60s). My folks checked into our motel, a small A-frame in Birch Bay, Washington. I headed like a scalded dog for a nearby bridge. I assembled my rod, baited up with salmon eggs, pushed the release button on my shiny, new reel, and flung my bait as far as I could. However, being unfamiliar with my prized, new equipment, I neglected to hold the rod! Yup, hook, line, sinker, and rod, tossed in an ice cold river, never to be seen again. Oh the anguish! Such immense sorrow & tears. A grown-up couldn’t have stood it. Plus, I had to return to our rented unit and tell my dad what an idiot he had for a son. Most miserable vacation ever. A few years ago I returned to that bridge with my wife. It had been just about fifty years since my great loss. We stood on the bridge and I recounted the heartbreaking event like it was yesterday. I had to laugh, but also had a lump in my throat. I had to wonder ….. was that rusty reel still down in that river, nestled between two rocks?

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