Earlier this week, several members of Jorgenson Industrial Companies had the opportunity to leave the office a bit early and escape into the nearby Uinta Wilderness to decompress and not worry about locker sales for a few hours.
“It was great that our boss, Dustin Jorgenson, was willing to bring his ATVs in and take the time to haul us all of us up there for a great day of fishing,” said IT Guru Jason Pearce. “It was very generous for him to take us.”
Five of the guys left the office and within a little over an hour they were at the trailhead unloading the ATVs—their mission?
To arrive at a seldom visited lake called Little Elk Lake and from there, then proceed to pluck as many high mountain trout out of that lake that state fishing regulations would allow.
“It was fun to get to know everyone outside of work,” adds Pearce. “I mean we know each other at work and all enjoy each other’s company but this was sort of unique to be able to get away from everything.”
Piling the gear and themselves into the two ATVs, the newly formed “Jorgenson Gang” headed up the narrow path towards the objective, sometimes at near break-neck speeds.
“I was trying to keep up with Dustin who was driving his Razor going almost 100 miles an hour down the narrow dirt road,” said Lino Velarde who works in the SchoolLockers.com Sales Department. “There these big drop offs right next to him and he sure knows how to drive that thing!”
Crossing streams, scrambling over large boulders, hurdling small wildlife and essentially pushing forward over and around any and all kinds of obstacles, the guys arrived at this pristine lake.
“It was certainly a Disneyland ‘E-ticket’ type ride up the mountain,” said Mike Dark, a sales associate with SchoolLockers.com. “After taking the wrong trail we had to back track through the wilderness, and there it was a beautiful crystal clear lake which was the lake we were aiming for.”
“It was cool listening to the guys yelling and screaming to the echoes of the place,” recalls Velarde.
Once the fishing poles were unpacked, each headed to what they believed would be the shoreline with the most prospects to land the big one. It wasn’t long until the fish were biting.
“We were catching fish like crazy,” said Dustin Jorgenson. “I mean everyone was having great luck and that is what made it so much fun.”
As a young man who grew up in nearby Kamas, Dustin spent a lot of time in these beautiful mountains hunting and fishing, as well as climbing and hiking. It was an opportunity to share with his friends, this secret fishing hole.
“I love it up here,” Jorgenson adds. “This place to me is where I spent many days in the outdoors and it is satisfying for me to be able to take some of the guys out, leave work for a bit and enjoy nature.”
…However the day wasn’t without incident. Mother Nature had a little surprise for the Jorgenson Gang.
“There was this BAD ASS hell storm,” said Pearce. “It came in and then all of a sudden these pieces of hail fell that were the size of quarters.”
“The weather was weird,” adds Velarde. “There was a hail storm that lasted several minutes and blanketed the ground with big hailstones and they hit hard too! My head still hurts!”
Once the storm quickly passed, the hooks were again being dunked.
All in all, the guys from SchoolLockers.com had a day not to be forgotten soon. Here are some of the photos of our intrepid crew’s catch.
…as you can see, this lake doesn’t get fished much but don’t let diminish the talents and skills of our noble Jorgenson Industrial Companies fishermen. As you can tell, they made quite a haul.
“It was fun. Sixteen fish later we were done and that was after releasing about five or six back into the lake, to grow bigger until next year,” said Dark.
Finally as the sun set, they mounted up again and sped through the darkness back to the car. It was here that this benign little fishing adventure nearly took a turn for the worse.
“Going back down the mountain, I was riding an ATV and I almost hit a cow!” said Velarde.
So we just wanted to share with everyone that here at Jorgenson Industrial Companies, there is more to life than just punching the clock day in, and day out. We love being here in Utah and wanted to share a bit with all of you.
“We are a team, and a family and therefore the moments we share inside and outside work are important to me,” said Jorgenson. “That is why I did this, to show the Jorgenson Industrial Companies employees that they are important and valued–It helps that they are great fishermen, too!”