So Devin and I head straight up to Wisconsin after coming home from D.C. to help Koi Acres’ complete some Pond Construction projects they had in the area. First stop was Green Bay (Go Packers!) at the home of Shirley and Bruce, who had a Rotating Drum Filter installed as well as had their indoor pond sprayed with Polyurea Lining and installed a “window” along the side of the pond so they can view their fishes swimming.
On to Door County we went, to complete and spray the pond of Nancy and Tom. I later discovered that Door County is quite the tourist destination, and I can definitely see why. It is very beautiful up here with the fresh lake breeze continuously going through and surrounded by lush greenery and local, family-owned stores. It feels like I’m on a working vacation, which is quite honestly one of my favorite kinds of vacations. Getting a change of background while working just inspires more productivity. 🙂
Yes, this photo aptly reflects the creativity that goes into the process of Pond Building when Koi Acres is in the building. Guess what the inspiration was for the lovely piece of artwork….
Moving on now…
Nancy and Tom was so nice to invite the Koi Acres’ crew plus one TOMiGAi Trekker Team Member to their home for a traditional fish boil, which I quite honestly have never experienced before and it was definitely a treat! Together with Shirley, Bruce, Lisa and Ken who are fellow Koi Kichi from Wisconsin, we all huddled around the large kettle, eager to experience the culinary expertise that Nancy’s father had passed on to her.
Despite not being able to use the traditional wood fire, the meal was nonetheless scrumptious. Everything was homemade goodness coupled with excellent liquor, wonderful company and sophisticated conversation, I believe it was the absolute perfect night. Aside from the perfectly boiled Whitefish meal, we had potatoes, onions, the best beans I have ever had, coleslaw and Nancy’s own Cherry Pie a la mode. On top of that, we had quite the entertainment as Nancy’s dogs, ‘Maruq and Bagel were not to be ignored.
The night began to wore on and we all began to say our goodbyes. But there was one dilemma that had yet to be resolved: what to name Koi Acres’ Fall harvest? Shirley had suggested, “The Debutant Ball”, while Devin wanted something more traditional like, “Ike Age”. Any suggestions, readers? 🙂