BLOODY KNUCKLES

It was a morning like any other morning on the water. Then it wasn’t. Big nasty pike got a whole jaw-full of strip-set-streamer-and-eight...

FOR THOSE FOLLOWING ALONG AT HOME

Two years have now officially passed since my first blog post. It’s been a great ride so far, and I consider myself fortunate to have the...

THE IDAHO TRIP: THE SOUTH FORK, DAY 2

The next morning our drive to the South Fork felt entirely different. It was the same landscape of sprawling grain fields and foothills,...

THE IDAHO TRIP: PAYETTE AND SALMON RIVERS

Out front of the hotel and across the highway, the geese were up, flying west/southwest at 7 a.m. just as they had the last two mornings....

I’M HOME. SORT OF.

Ten Days. Five different rivers. A whole lot of new friends. Idaho kicks ass. Stay tuned for reports from the trip.

GRAPPLE AND GRIN

I’ve managed to get myself tied into a trip to Idaho with a close friend of mine. We’re going for work. Just enough work to be able to...

NOLA’S OTHER SHOW

The wake-up call rang at 3:45 on Sunday morning. From my 44th floor window, Canal St. was still a neon flow of people swarming from one...

GETTING AFTER IT

It’s been a busy summer for house-projects, travel and work. Four months have already passed since I made the jump from the agency world...

TWO MORE FROM THE MOUNTAIN

PADDLING Fat white-gray clouds on blue beyond the rugged pine shores, east beyond Indian and Wolf Mountains, west beyond Chaumont Swamp...

VIEW FROM THE FIRE TOWER

I’m reminded of a poem by Gary Snyder, written while a fire lookout in the North Cascades. Months at a time he’d spend in service and...

JUDGING DISTANCE

Ten foot kayak in eight feet of water. Settled into the glass between a field of lily pads and a line of flooded pine stumps— trees that...

ALIVE ON ARRIVAL

this road begs a truck and a full tank of gas   windows down   tire-tread serenade   humidity and cool 4 a.m. headlights   bugs on the...

WHEN THE RAIN FINALLY FELL

parched cordwood weeks stacked one on another brittle browning bare feet grass chickens in the garden in the rhubarb huffing and puffing...

READING IN PEACE

Obama just announced a withdrawal of 10,000 troops from Afghanistan by the end of the year. 33,000 by September of next year. This is a...