The Missions: San Francisco and San José

Unless the mission is oriented by charity, that is, unless it springs from a profound act of divine love, it risks being reduced to mere philanthropic and social activity...Consequently, being missionaries means loving God with all one's heart, even to the point, if necessary, of dying for him. - Pope Benedict XVI

the smallmouth bass fishing in the connecticut river is splendid. my brother and i hit the water around 615 and as soon as he dropped the bow of the canoe i was hauling in smallmouth up to two pounds for the next hour and a half. these boys fight like the dickens in the current and they have the panache of an acrobat as they twist and turn after leaping out of the water. although the river was running unusually high due to the abundant rains, the water was clear and we nailed them - just so you know, we were fly fishing with 9 foot 9 weight rods using a topwater fly called a gurgler tied by my brother. nothing compares to seeing and hearing that explosion of water and fish...i'll take some pics in the next few days and post them.

i have also reached the halfway point of vacation - another 8 days and i will be back at the mission...


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