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April 23, 2012

Fountain of memories: Watch out for trout leaps

OTTUMWA — Once again the rainbow trout has leaped out of Lake Roubaix to wave a fin at me and then dive back into the cold lake water.

That darn trout shows up in my dreams from time to time and causes me to reminisce about trips to the Black Hills.

But I never figured any TV doctors could make the trout leap. A few days ago Dr. Oz said salmon and rainbow trout have the most protein. I’ve been eating more fish, but some days fatigue sets in too easily. For me, it’s an indication I need more protein.

Now I’ve got another fact about rainbow trout, and I can pester my friends who are catfish lovers.

Dietary concerns are part of my current life, and that wonderful trout is from my young years. Back then, my parents planned vacations for the Black Hills in South Dakota at least three times.

The Black Hills are where I fell in love with that cold lake and rainbow trout. I caught a 12-inch trout with salmon eggs and helped Dad clean it. Mom cooked it, of course, and cooking over a campfire out in the Great Outdoors is always a fond memory.

Another memory from my western trips is the water coming down out of the mountains somewhere. I don’t know if it was the Black Hills, or Colorado or Wyoming.

What I do recall is a place out West where you could pull over and get a drink from the water coming down out of the mountains. Dad parked the car, and we all got drinks.

I’d never tasted water like that. At first taste, I loved it and kept going back. My parents allowed that for a few minutes. Then Dad said it was time to go, and I was still drinking.

Dad sent my sister, Joyce, to get me back to the car. I had a pretty good grip on the fountain, and Joyce struggled for a few minutes but soon won. She was older and bigger. I was mad, and of course my sisters teased me.

And so, Dr. Oz, I thank you for the trout leap, and I’ll be searching for the farm-raised trout. I’m hoping that wonderful fish is a lot closer than Wyoming.

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