One major perk of having traders as parents is that they can settle down anywhere.
When I turned one year old, my folks decided to move and buy a cabin that’s a few minutes away from Lake Tahoe. I could still remember my parents saying that it was a reckless decision, but I thought it was great. Honestly, how many kids could come up and say that they lived in the city but could go fishing every weekend or anytime we wanted?
My parents and I went on weekly fishing trips for more than a decade until I met my wife and moved to New York City after my bosses gave me a promotion. My relocation resulted in a few drastic changes in my life, which mainly affected my love for fishing. After all, before my marriage, I thought that I would be able to take my future kids to Lake Tahoe on weekends and have a picnic there, just like my parents did for me. But my eldest son was already seven years old, and he only saw fishing lines on TV.
During the summer, my parents would fly to New York to see us instead of the other way around because of my busy schedule. They were cool with it, but I wasn’t. So, when my boss approved my request to go on a one-month vacation, I instructed my family to load their suitcases because we were flying to California that same day. I rented a cabin near my parents’ house so that we could be together without being a burden to them.
My wife loved the idea because we had the same stomping grounds, and it meant that we could revisit the area we grew up in. But I did not know how my kids would take the news initially, considering they were all born in NYC and had only known the metropolitan life since birth. Luckily, I heard no complaints. My first-born’s exact words were: “I can’t wait to check out Grandpa’s boat and cast a line by myself.” As it turned out, my parents had been telling them amazing stories about the lake, and my kids could not wait to experience everything first-hand.
Going To Lake Tahoe Made Me Realize Some Things
As soon as our plane landed, the children did not want to wait for 24 hours to visit Lake Tahoe, but I knew better than to take jet-lagged kids on a family trip. It would only make them whiney instead of enjoying the scenery and activities.
Truth be told, once we reached the gorgeous lake, my kids could not contain their excitement. They wanted to jump in the freshwater and swim with the fish that were visible on the surface. My eldest son also asked when we would go fishing, especially after seeing a few same-aged children sitting on the dock with fishing poles in hand.
After two hours at Lake Tahoe, though, I realized that it was not ideal to go to a beautiful body of water without reminding kids of what they should not do there.
Below are some ideas I have discussed with my family.
Avoid Throwing Garbage In The Lake
After giving my middle child a juice box, the realization came to me while swimming and seeing him drop it on the water. He did not know it’s illegal because he was so young, but it did not mean that we could not inform them about it. Hence, I hauled the kids out of the lake (with some protest on their part, of course) and told them that throwing garbage there was not allowed. That’s what our trash bag was for. If they continued doing that, we might not have a lake to come back to next year.
Although the latter was a bit of an exaggeration, it helped dissuade the little ones from throwing anything in the water.
Let Go Of Baby Fish
When we started fishing, the first one I caught was a fish that was as long as my index finger. My kids were excited and clapping about it and asked if they could hold it. However, they were confused when I removed the fish from the hook and threw it back in the lake.
I explained to the children that that fish was still a baby and needed to grow before getting harvested. Fortunately, they understood immediately, so they knew what to do to every baby fish they caught.
Leave No Trash In The Vicinity
Leaving garbage on the dock was another no-no, considering the wind or heavy rains could push it to the lake and invade the fish’s home. Once that happens, the fish might die, and we would no longer be able to go fishing there.
Before leaving Lake Tahoe, my kids thought it was a great idea to go around and pick up garbage in the vicinity. To our dismay, we did find some empty water bottles and beer cans, but we managed to get them early, so they could not pollute the waters anymore.
Once you plan a fishing trip with your family, remind them of the tips above, too. Cheers!