Category Archives: Random Off-Trail Musings

I can’t be on the trail all the time. This category covers all the other random bits of my life I feel worth writing about.

Raising boys

  I’ll admit, I don’t always feel like I have a handle on fatherhood.  That initial shock I felt as I drove Bear Bait home from the hospital – you know, that terrifying realization that they just gave an infant … Continue reading

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What we left behind . . .

A text from Kat tonight asking if he left something in my truck gave me an idea.  When he was trying to hump all three packs back toward the rock wall on Cecil Cove Loop, best guess is that he … Continue reading

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Wow!

So I’ve had more hits in the last 24 hours than I think I’ve had in a year.  Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoy the stories.   Leave a comment and let me know what you think – or … Continue reading

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You ain’t from around here, is ya?

Holiday season means going back to my home town to visit family.  I have a nephew there who has been begging me to take him backpacking.  So, with about a week of mild December weather ahead of me, I decided … Continue reading

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But, why?

“So, how was your  break?” “Oh, man, awesome.   Let me tell you about the hike . . . ”  (insert monologue of parts 1-5 here)  “. . . and I’m only just losing the limp!” “Why would you do that … Continue reading

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Cabela’s!

Just read in the paper that Cabela’s is going to open up a location in Rogers.   I mourned the loss of Sportsman’s Warehouse – wandering around watching the store get gutted there at the end.  Even if I didn’t buy … Continue reading

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Pics coming

I seem to have left my camera’s USB cord at Lake Chicot State Park.  Lots of pictures to post, but I need to head out and buy a new one.   Got one!  Pics now added. Since the only reason … Continue reading

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Angling with Bear Bait.

Bear Bait spent most of Memorial Day weekend on quarantine with his brother, fighting off a case of strep.  Neither one of those boys is what you’d consider an inside boy.  They’re only barely house-trained.   (Still working on teaching Bogie … Continue reading

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Anyone hear any cicadas yet?

I’m not quite to the point where I have my pack packed and sitting by the door, but I’m close.  Bear Bait has been asking me to take him fishing, so I think this weekend we’re going to try and … Continue reading

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oh . . . the waterfalls

April, she is a crazy girl.   While staring out the back window hoping that the hail isn’t doing too bad of a number on my gardens, and marveling at how well the greenhouses are standing up against tornadic winds. . … Continue reading

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