04 Oct: Trust Someone who has Been There.

Some years ago, we had Jimmy Meeks visit our elk camp. Jimmy had never climbed to the top of a mountain, so I took him up one. We slowly hunted our way up, encountering the hardships of mountaineering. Finally, Jimmy got to stand on top of that mountain. He understood the reality of coming hardships when I told him we would hunt that mountain top meadow until dark. We had come up the south side of that mountain but would go down the east (steeper) side where I had arranged for one of my sons to pick us up that night. After dark, we headed down through dark timber that demands experience, mountaineering skills and confidence to navigate; long, steep and rugged with no trail. Though Jimmy was unfamiliar with the country or mountain navigation, I was. I knew where we started and where we needed to be. Jimmy asked…

26 Sep: The Jungle of the Journey

Each year I take time to suspend all communication and escape to the mountains with our sons and close friends to hunt. It’s our favorite week of the year and we just returned. We hunt rough, primitive country; a wilderness area. Trails would be nice, but with trails come more people and fewer animals. Where we hunt there are few trails. This year we encountered elk, deer, bighorn sheep, bear, mountain lions, golden eagles and moose. We loved every minute. What few people we encounter there are just as determined and appreciative of the ruggedness as we are. There is a unique respect and acceptance for others who have paid the same price of passage. I always learn from the mountain experiences. This year I was struck by the similarities between life and a mountain journey. When you set a certain destination as your goal, there will be difficulties between…

20 Sep: A Short Break

I want to thank all of you who read this each week. Your comments back to me are a great encouragement to keep writing these Think About It articles. My computer flat died and with Covid restrictions I cannot replace it until Tuesday. I am writing today from my iPhone. I’ve seen youngsters attack a phone keyboard with both thumbs flapping like woodpeckers. My thumbs can’t do that. So, please forgive me and return next week for a fresh season if TAI’s For a glimpse into this new season of TAI’s, I just returned late last night from 10 days high in the Rocky Mountains. I do that once a year to recharge my batteries and this was the best of the best times for me I can’t wait to share new things with all of you. But my thumb is not that fast See you next week