Smokey Shadow

When we were kids, us siblings decided to sleep overnight in the huge haymow of the barn. Sleep in the hay! yea! (insert picture of actual barn) A big yard light gave off enough light through the top of the flopped open barn door to see enough, and enough dark to sleep. Maybe. The 12Continue reading “Smokey Shadow”

Cold Cold Hands

“Grandpa, my hands are cold and I can’t find my gloves” said a small whimpering six year old voice behind me. I laid down my ice fishing auger and turned to see two little bare red hands extended out to me in the freezing temperatures. No gloves, 100 yards away from the semi-warm fish house,Continue reading “Cold Cold Hands”

Getting Noticed

  I recently read (this morning actually) a passage on how much getting noticed meant to one man who has probably more influence than any of us could ever dream of doing. I have been thinking about it all day. With a billion people on social media (whatever the number is it’s lot) it seemsContinue reading “Getting Noticed”

Adventure and Fear: The Hunt and Haunt

Confessions of an adrenaline junkie I have this….um; weakness, bent, brash drive and pure happenstance existence to dive into the unknown. At least it’s unknown to me and usually those (un)lucky enough to be along. Consider these true and unembellished snippets. A teenager and I rescued a drowning man about to hit a cascading rapids afterContinue reading “Adventure and Fear: The Hunt and Haunt”

A Distracted Mind

I get distracted easily. Well I really don’t, but my mind wanders into every nook and cranny around. Once in awhile (or less, but don’t take a poll) My mind goes off on an imaginary journey if I don’t keep it on a short leash. Focus Gary, focus! Help Gary’s mind stay inbounds solution: NoiseContinue reading “A Distracted Mind”

Seen in the woods

I carry a camera. When I walk the woods, I see. See any wildlife in one of the pictures? To really see, one has to thread their vision into every crevice of sight as far as possible otherwise all that is seen is the forest. One of our deer hunting tales (true story) tells onContinue reading “Seen in the woods”

My Wilderness Stories Mostly True (4)

   Danger, Beware of Unaware Hey it’s a nice sunny day in the great outdoors. What could possibly go wrong? Below are a fraction of my actual BWCAW stories encountered from my 60 wilderness trips. Story #1) “How are you doing?” I asked an oncoming paddler. “I was h-h-h-hit by l-lightning a c-c-c-couple nights ago andContinue reading “My Wilderness Stories Mostly True (4)”

Angry Beaver (A reposted article)

Vicious beaver Here I was, minding my own business on an absolutely calm evening with the lake all to myself.  I was catching a load of crappies from a canoe barely drifting through the moon lit evening.  I just about tipped the canoe when the water was torpedoed by this angry beaver.  This beaver demonContinue reading “Angry Beaver (A reposted article)”

When Giants Fall

I’m convinced that when a husband and wife quit courting, their relationship starts to die. It’s not pretty. It’s dead. A dead root on a very live tree. The tree was growing on the side of a huge rock in our Boundary Waters Wilderness camp site when we made camp. This rock could have beenContinue reading “When Giants Fall”