It was nearing 12:30 a.m. as we arrived to our last spot of the night. I got out of my car, and in the corner of my eye saw the shape of a dog that slightly startled me. I immediately did a double take, and recognized the decoy meant to scare off geese. I laughed and pointed it out to both Isaac and Colten, and we noticed some geese walking by... completely unfazed by the decoy.
“I think that thing startled me more than it did the geese.” I said, as we walked to the water.
"I hope there’s no one under the bridge.” Colton said, as we stepped off the path. I stopped and turned on my head lamp to light up the shadow created by the bridge, and we came to a halting stop. There was someone under the bridge, tucked up in a big sleeping bag. I looked at Colton who looked just as shocked as me.
“I think it’s too late to be fishing, and would like to get some hot cocoa...” I said, in a hushed voice.
“Sounds good to me.” Colton said, and the two of us got out of there. We went and found Isaac, who was looking into an ornamental pond for fish.
“We’re not fishing anymore, there was someone under the bridge.” Colton said to Isaac.
“Seriously?” Isaac said, shocked.
“Yeah, so we are going to get some cocoa and warm up.” Colton said, and we took off.
The cocoa was delicious, and together we shared fun stories of our past. Sure a big fish would have been a better way to end the night, but if you don't have an enjoyable time fishing it says more about you than the trip. I think the best part of the night was Isaac's reflection of the reason we stopped fly fishing this night.
“Man, I can’t believe you guys almost got mugged by a guy under the bridge.” He said in a serious voice.
“What?!” I said, laughing and looking at Colton who was shrugging and laughing as well.
“There was some one sleeping in a big sleeping bag is all...” I corrected.
“Still...” Isaac went on, "Scary stuff."