Day Before Snow

I stopped at the mail box on my way home from work to catch the sun going down. It was over-sized and red as the air was filled with the smell of smoke all day from wildfires 90 miles northwest of us. We were down-wind but grateful the fires would not reach much further beforeContinue reading “Day Before Snow”

Time windows

For five days a bunch of us flailed the northern Minnesota waters for Walleye, Northern Pike, Bass, Crappie, and whatever might bite. We caught fish, had fish fries, and told stories. Some mornings the frost was heavy on the boats and frozen to the touch in the below freezing weather. I would have to sayContinue reading “Time windows”

A Fish Story…With Pictures

The world is full of people like me. We keep the economy going. My part is the fishing economy. Yesterday is as good an example as any  but there is a common thread that bothers me a bit in my real life stories. Nuts to the economy, I just want to have an adventure justContinue reading “A Fish Story…With Pictures”

Fade Away

I love light. My wife will often say “we don’t need all the lights on”! I quickly check the basement, garage,  and closets and reply “I turned some off”! It has been suggested that I do not drive during sunsets and rises as I tend to “sky gaze” a bit. Country living has it’s advantagesContinue reading “Fade Away”

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”

Green Side Forever

We canoed through miles of fire burned wilderness lakes and rivers on trip #58. Except for the lake and lowland edges everything was black . What a relief to find the green side and all kinds of life. We had to stop and take some pictures, fish a little, and make camp. I really likeContinue reading “Green Side Forever”

When Morning Comes

In this place the rhythms of nature seed a longing for the wild into senses of my life virtually undiscovered. The rapids storming into the lake a mile away, dozens of various song-birds and throaty frogs line the shores with an orchestrated sound menagerie. Two bald eagles chirping nearby at their nest and a distantContinue reading “When Morning Comes”

Dare to Adventure

The entrance to a narrow waterway from the canoe (according to our map) looked like we might not fit between the rocks. In the wilderness there are no signs to tell of dangerous rapids, impassable waterways, or floating bog areas.  There are no signs to tell you it’s a dead-end after two miles of heavyContinue reading “Dare to Adventure”

The Art of Seeing and Being in Nature

My alarm went off at 1:00 pm,  just enough time to get up and get out of the house for the realtors to sell our house to another prospective buyer. I felt like this old snapping turtle looked; green, sickly, and out of energy from a four-day fight with viruses born from the orcish forcesContinue reading “The Art of Seeing and Being in Nature”

Bye for now

I admired the sunrise this morning. I get to see the daylight come each week day as I drive east to my day job. I have this underlying quest to have several ingredients be a part of each of my days given me on this earth. One is to greet the morning with a kindContinue reading “Bye for now”