Rivers are popping out of their banks like gushing bottles of over-exuberant champagne. Get out and enjoy one near you today! If you’re feeling cooped up on a cold and wet day, I can hardly think of anything better than slipping on a pair of rubber boots and marveling at all the high water. This afternoon … More Water a plenty as winter gives way
Walking slowly and carefully, I scanned the woods in all directions for any sign of a wolf. Blanketed in white and devoid of leaves and brush, it seemed as if my vantage was absolute. Then—stunned beyond belief—I caught the eye of a timber wolf watching me AND my son. Intelligent. Assessing. At the moment we made eye contact, … More Of Wolves and Pecans. The Call of the Wild in all aspects of life
This past week I made the annual pilgrimage to this abandoned shack that lies astride the Canadian border. The newbie on the trip brought along one of those fancy Garmin GPS things. Preferring zero connectivity and an apparent affinity for buttons over zippers, this made me uncomfortable. I must admit that change can be good, however, … More 48 degrees north!
This is my newly stacked cache of firewood, illuminated by the light of the morning after: All of the wood used to heat my small writer’s “shack” is hand-cut. Most of it is junk wood that is eschewed by everybody else. Following walks with the dog, I often arrive home dragging a branch that previously … More Combustion
Anything worthwhile, literally anything, requires serious effort. Here my family and I are returning from obtaining a bucket of clear, cold, and fresh, spring water during our stay at the Lily Pond cabin in the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Each journey to obtain the precious drink involved … More Anything Worthwhile Requires Effort. Amazing Vacation at the Lily Pond Cabin in the Fabulous Porcupine Mountains.
This cabin guards entry into the United States. It lies a literal stone’s throw from the Canadian border, and is my private home away from home. I call it “The Pigeon,” because it lies on the famously historic Pigeon River near Grand Portage, Minnesota. It is very difficult to travel to, but once you’re in … More My Secret Cabin Deep in the Wilderness
It was a BBC day. Hitting all three critical areas is essential for the unemployed, and keeps spirits high. Brains Brawn Commerce All three are vital. At 5:00 am I arose to nearly complete chapter 9 of my upcoming book, which is about growing up in a crazy house filled to the brim due to … More Alex Laveau and Munger Trail Extravaganza! Also, BBC is the best rx for the unemployed.
About twice a year I have the opportunity to visit one of my best friends, Dan the Man. We don’t take these times for granted, and try to make certain they are epic. Recently we rubbed shoulders over a 21 hour period, which will go down in history as one of our best times of … More 21 of the Best Hours Ever Spent. BIKE – EAT – RUN Triathlon.
We’ve rounded the bend and are into the second half of winter. Temperatures are moderating. Daily highs in the teens and twenties will become more common. We are also seeing more of our old pal the sun, which is well into its march toward the spring equinox. Unfortunately, many among us have allowed persistent wind … More A Prescription for Winter Malaise
This weekend I just returned from my annual trip with friends spent in a backcountry cabin. Previously we’d ski in 6 miles through the backcountry to a secret abandoned shack up in border country, but recently we’ve gotten more posh. This year we rented a remote cabin in the Porcupine Mountains in the U.P. of … More Fabulous Porcupine Mountains!