Monthly Archives: November 2014

2014: Hunting season in review

Today was the last day of deer, elk, and bear season in Montana, and I did not go hunting. Instead I went skiing, which was not yet very good, and enjoyed a clear and very cold day free from the … Continue reading

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The 31st deer

There were those three deer moving up through the trees, steadily and swiftly but not too fast, with fleeting 1/2 second shot opportunities. There were those other three deer (or the same ones on a different day) bedded in a … Continue reading

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Becoming a competent outdoorsperson

Discretion may be the purview of a gentleman but hyperbolic modesty is not something to be proud of. I am a competent outdoorsperson, having spent decades and lot of time and effort becoming one. Cast your net across the broad … Continue reading

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Land of No Use

There are those who are worried that what wilderness we have is a dying commodity.  Not in any literal fashion, climate change and invasive species put aside, but insofar as wilderness is a creation of the mind.  When the modern … Continue reading

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Grand Canyon with mom, part 3

The evening of the second day we sat in camp and changed plans. The first two days had been harder on everyone than anticipated. Mom had come into the trip nursing an IT band problem aggravated back in early September.  … Continue reading

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Grand Canyon with mom, part 2

The oases within the Grand Canyon are formidable, vibrant and tenacious against vast backdrops. We woke up in the middle of a particularly bright one, right at the mouth of Timp Canyon. Water ran fast for a mile or so. … Continue reading

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Grand Canyon with mom, part 1

I was not sleeping well the first night of our trip, an unusual thing. A number of years ago I weaned myself off the need to read before falling asleep, and since have normally slept like the dead in the … Continue reading

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