Archive for July 12th, 2014

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Jul
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Boys & Bones

I have been sorting through decades of stuff lately around the house. Purging, leaning down, minimalizing. I have now dug down into long forgotten boxes that sat beneath boxes and duffle bags…boxes that contain ‘treasures’ that had to be kept thirty some years ago. Young boys in the wilderness or camping along rivers and lakes came upon treasures that were special enough they would cart them back to camp, their collective faces sweaty, covered in grime and peach fuzz showing excitement and imagination.

Often such treasures were bones. Bones of various animals that had met their end and this generated a multitude of questions that allowed my furtive imagination to provide exciting answers and possibilities. Today I found an old jaw bone and teeth, a skull, part of a spine and even an old shark jaw from Mexico. As I stood in the last light of the day, the moon once again rising in full majesty, I recalled so many years ago little guys that today, as men, still enjoy the outdoors and the camping, fishing, hiking and roughing that goes with it. An old, musty box on the bottom shelf of the shed long forgotten. I am not getting rid of the bones. Grandchildren need to hear about these bones. 

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12
Jul
14

Trusting & Chance

 I recall sitting in a bar on October 17, 1989 waiting on the third game of the World Series (Oakland~San Francisco) when the Loma Prieta earthquake hit during this nationally televised event. The double decker Oakland-Bay Bridge, as well as the Cypress Street Viaduct collapsed killing 43 during the rush hour traffic. Trust…trust in engineers, contractors and the forces of nature to avoid the rare, big one. Trust day in and day out in our people around us to do the right thing in a civil society…the forces of nature be damned.

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Fremont Bridge

The Fremont Bridge in Portland, Oregon, a double decker bridge (one of two in town) that spans the Willamette River.

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12
Jul
14

Fly Fishing & Dames

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Waylon Lewis Image

Waylon Lewis Image

Of course, perhaps he took the dames fishing too! I think so.

As an aside, if you are going to introduce someone to fly fishing, or any outdoor pursuit, introduce them with the basic appropriate gear: clothing, shoes, etc. Keep them comfortable, safe and able to enjoy the beginnings of the endeavor. Oh, and be patient. Nothing can ruin a special moment like your impatience or outbursts. I don’t imagine Clark allowed the little miss to become too uncomfortable for long.

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Clark with his 4th wife, Sylvia Ashley




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