TRUE OUTDOORSMANSHIP

    Since joining Facebook a couple of years back, I’ve repeatedly run into kind of a generic post that circulates in outdoor groups. It reads something like this: I want to hike (or fish or run trails or snowshoe) but I live in Dayton, Ohio (Or any other city on the whole North American […]

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A Farewell to Winter

I don’t think animals worry a lot. Even when there’s snow covering the green grass in April, the birds are moving right ahead with nesting and the groundhogs just wait for some afternoon sun to dispel the chill. The animals simply move ahead with life, providing for their own needs and starting a 2018 generation […]

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Readiness

Today I trampled 7 miles of unfrequented trail here in Pittsburgh’s north hills. I watched the hawks and crows fight (they’re always fighting) and I mingled with my deer friends – they all know me. Some of the trail was nice and some was snow and some was ice. I can’t say it easy run […]

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Home is Where You Make it

The same question was posed recently in a couple of Facebook camping/hiking groups I belong to: “What was your favorite campsite ever?” And that wasn’t an easy one for me – there have been untold hundreds of them.     One of my first solo campsites, down the street from where I lived in the […]

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The Spiders of January

      “Watch out for spiders!” Susan warned as I left to go ice fishing a few days ago. She knows the history of arachnids that sneak into camp and into sleeping bags when least expected. Yes, even in mid-winter. But it was particularly cold today, the high only reaching about 20. I wasn’t […]

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A 2018 Prospectus

I can’t imagine yet what 2018 holds but I’m trying to.     One thing’s certain – without goals and effort, I’m at the mercy of shifting winds and shiftless people. So, I’ve started with some new habits, practices and ambitions this year as many of us do around January 1. Some thought about my […]

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