Bounty: A Tribute to Dad and Mom

I belong and am part of a family of “Bounty” Everyone belongs and everyone contributes. It’s a way of life and seems in our DNA. Let me explain by way of our september adventures to visit some of the family back home. I have pictures to back it up! My uncle knowing that I workContinue reading “Bounty: A Tribute to Dad and Mom”

The Beholden

Counter to popular opinion it’s there weather (intended) anyone validates the event or not. If a tree falls in the forest…Yes it made a sound. Yes I caught a big fish; quite a few actually. Maybe the bigger questions: “Do we look?” Where does importance lie? With us? A whole lot of people saw thisContinue reading “The Beholden”

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)”

My Wilderness Stories Mostly True (3)

Getting Alone   Setting: A remote 15 portages into the BWCA Wilderness 4:23 AM:  I Slipped a canoe in the water to paddle around a bit as there was a faint pre-dawn light. Armed with paddle, fishing rod, life jacket and fanny pack I wanted some alone time with myself, God, throw a few castsContinue reading “My Wilderness Stories Mostly True (3)”

My Wilderness Stories Mostly True (2)

A very large bear got our food and I went after it and got it back! And I have a perfectly logical explanation why I did it:     Before I tell the tale I have a (dis) claimer. Strange, wonderful and mystery describes best my 60+ trips into canoe county wilderness. My first trip led byContinue reading “My Wilderness Stories Mostly True (2)”

My Wilderness Stories Mostly True (1)

Before I tell the first tale I have a (dis) claimer. Strange, wonderful and mystery describes best my 60+ trips into canoe county wilderness. My first trip led by an extreme risk-taker wild man launched me into my own adventures creating hundreds of stories. The hazards of time and memory make them “mostly true”. Some areContinue reading “My Wilderness Stories Mostly True (1)”

Moving and Other Crazy Notions

I remember standing beside the mailbox thinking how symbolic a fall sunset can be. We have 20 years invested in this very rural northern Minnesota place on the planet. I guess I thought I would have plenty more seasons to enjoy what I have always called “Home”. A strange place will soon be home. StrangersContinue reading “Moving and Other Crazy Notions”

Stumbled Upon Outdoor Truths

I realized yesterday that I have spent over a year of my life leading trips in remote wilderness settings. Three years have been logged taking people fishing from boats, banks, and canoes. 12,614,400 seconds of ones life doing these kind of things (rough calculations here) has led me to discover some profound truths Fishing isContinue reading “Stumbled Upon Outdoor Truths”

Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness Wanderings

The wilderness calls often. I answer yes when I can. I send out an invitation e-mail to friends, family, and others who can one man carry a canoe and a pack over rough trail. I get e-mails back like “Yes, but when and where are we going? Can I catch a fish this time orContinue reading “Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness Wanderings”

From Whence We Came

We were young once. Almost half a century later some of our stories (even the true ones) might sound a bit far fetched. By the time this picture was taken we drove the tractor and the pick-up on the farm. We milked the cows by hand, made home-made slingshots, dwindled the farm-yard chicken numbers asContinue reading “From Whence We Came”