Mayflies! Mayflies! Mayflies! Recently, the Coons and extended family went camping up to Mullet Lake State Park, near Cheboygan. We had a wonderful time. If you have ever taken the 40 mile Inland Waterway trip that runs from near Petoskey through several lakes and rivers, including Mullet Lake, and ends at Cheboygan, you have travelled the entire length of Mullet and went past the State Park. We have camped, previously, at this park as well as Burt Lake, the other large lake, on the Waterway. Mullet has the unique feature of having a large boat basin so you can tie your boat up in a protected spot instead of mooring it away from shore. The basin option has a definite advantage. Instead of having to wade out to the boat to go fishing, tubing, skiing, or just sightseeing, you can jump in and get the chance to stay relatively dry. Mullet also has the feature of entertaining a world class mayfly hatch and, unfortunately for us this year, the hatch was at it’s peak the week we were there. Mayflies have a 24-48 hour lifespan, but in that short time, they can wreak havoc on a camp. Evidently, there are about 3,000 types of mayflies worldwide but at Mullet the predominant mayfly is the Gray Drake, one of the larger mayflies with a body of about 1 inch long with a circumference of about pencil lead and wings of up to 2 inches. They are large; they seem to hatch at night; and they are drawn to light including campfires and trailer lights. Mayflies live and mature in the bottom of the lake and most of them mate, die, and stay right in the lake. However, when there are millions, a significant number get up in the wind and end up on shore where the lights are. As you might imagine, it’s a mess that causes setting around the campfire to end on the spot. Getting dive-bombed by large mayflies is not pleasant. In the morning, wherever lights were left on, it’s a clean up project of gigantic proportions. The hatch also tends to eliminate the need to go fishing because the fish gorge themselves on the meaty mayflies. Neither a nightcrawler nor a lure looks quite as appealing when you have a full stomach. Even considering the mayflies, we had a wonderful camping trip. Next year, however, we might try to find a park that has a mayfly hatch in May or July and not mid-June.
An event that took place while we were gone was the 15th Annual D.A.R.E. Golf Outing. DARE stands for Drug Abuse Resistance Education. Action Tax is one of the Gold Sponsors of the event which is the main fund raiser for Rockford’s DARE program. The DARE program operates in conjunction with the Rockford Public Schools and the City of Rockford’s Department of Public Safety to bring drug abuse education and resistance techniques to youngsters in our public school system. Another main function of DARE is bringing youngsters, at an early age, in contact with a police officer in a non-threatening manner. The youngsters see the officer in a helpful manner and not in a confrontational manner. Inter-acting with a police officer in such a manner now might save some of the troubles that we read about and see on the nightly news from time to time later. I feel this is a great program and hope that we are able to continue it going forward. This is Jerry Coon signing off.
Jerry Coon is an Enrolled Agent.
Action Tax Service is a part of Integrity Tax Group on Northland Dr in Rockford.
Contact Jerry at www.actiontaxservice.com.