What a winter, right? With a few too many feet of snow, and a brand new year, it's been one to remember.

This year, instead of spending my day off of school shopping with my mother, I chose to fish with the men. I wasn't sure what to think. Fishing is fun and all, but there was only going to be two other girls and a lot of boys. I decided to give it a try anyway, and I'm glad I did.

My dad and I left at 6 p.m. on Jan. 27. It was about an hour and a half to my grandparents' house but it went pretty fast. We watched a little TV and went to bed. We got up extra early to make our way to Red Lake.

We followed my three uncles in their trucks, all hauling a fish house behind. Three hours and two wrong turns later we made it to Bemidji.

We finally made it to the lake. We unlocked the doors, then drove onto the lake and went on our way down a wide path of plowed snow. Sometimes it scares me to drive our big truck on the ice, but I usually get used to it by the end of our stay. It seemed like forever until we took a left turn and then a right and parked. We measured it to be about 10 miles from the shore line to our fish house. The lake was so big I could barely see shore. We set up and started fishing for some walleye.

That Friday was a moderate day. We caught a good amount of fish. It was a beautiful winter day, with a lot of wind and blowing snow. We spent the day pulling up fish, playing cards and eating. That night we settled down and got into our fish houses. My dad and I shared with my uncle and my little cousin, Jack. I got the top bunk and hit my head three times before I went to bed. I finally fell asleep after a long and tiresome day.

At 1:30 I woke up to a rattle wheel (a fishing rod hooked to the wall that rattles when a fish is caught). My dad and uncle got up and went to catch it. My cousin woke up and was encouraging the fish. I, trying to fall back asleep, was interrupted by the sound of Jack saying "Did you get it? Did you get it?" or "Come on rattle wheel!" over and over again.

My dad and I finally had to head home. I had a total of four fish that I caught in two days. Two were decent sized walleyes, one a small walleye I had to throw back, and one a perch. Our group had a total of about 20 walleyes and four perch.

Although I don't like fish, it's once again the thought that counts. We took the scenic route this time around and it was definitely interesting. This adventure was so much fun and I'm definitely going again next year.

It may have not been the fishing that meant the most to me but the quality family time and enjoyment of trying something new. Like they say, the best happiness is family happiness.