• OUTDOOR TALES: Climbing Bill Williams Mountain, Arizona

    Bonnie and I flew out of Louisville in May with a stopover in Denver for two hours that turned into nearly four hours when 11 TSA agents and police officers came to the gate we were supposed to leave from.

    A couple sitting next to us said they weren’t on this flight but thought with all the officers around there might be a celebrity on the plane. Then, I thought, “What kind of celebrity would be flying on Southwest?”

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Yes, I’m a proud grandpa

    Many youngsters first experienced camping and the many wonders of the great outdoors through Scouting, which started back in 1911 and continues today.

    Back more than a half-century this old writer was first involved in Scouting and later was an adult leader. My wife, Phyllis, was a Girl Scout leader, and son, Erik, and daughter, Michelle, both were Scouts. Michelle advanced to a Gold Bar, the highest rank or award in Girl Scouts.

    So it was a proud day Sunday when grandson Denver was honored with the Eagle Scout award.

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Planning and preparing for a climb

    Back in January, Bonnie and I started talking about going to visit one of my sisters in Bullhead City, Arizona, for a weekend. But, when I looked at a map, I realized that there were a lot of places we had always wanted to see that were reasonably close to her and a weekend turned into two weeks.

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Power fishing reel enables disabled

    Although numerous disabled anglers have learned to fish with one arm and hand, most are limited to the types of fishing they can enjoy.

    There are several aids available to enable them, and now there is a new device that may further expand their opportunities to catch a variety of fish.

    Through years of research and development and advice from such angling luminaries as Al Lindner, Dan Sura, Dave Csanda and Jeff Zernov, as well as input from anglers with physical limitations, the M-POW-R REEL was developed.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: Crestone Needle: The rest of the story

    We awoke at 6:30 a.m. to a gorgeous and welcomed sunrise; everyone was OK.

    We looked our surroundings over and realized we slept within 10 feet of at least a 700-foot drop. We searched for a way down and finally decided on a two-rope rappel to a narrow ledge about 150 feet below us.

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Father's Day prompts many old memories

    Like Mother’s Day, Father’s Day is special. Spending time with dad in the outdoors can make the day a time to remember.

    Father’s Day in the outdoors can be celebrated fishing, or with a picnic in the backyard or at a nearby park. There are many fun activities to be enjoyed with Dad.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: Descending the Crestone Needle

    After climbing for 16 hours and getting to the top of the 14,197-foot Crestone Needle, with darkness closing in on us and lightning flashing in the western sky, we quickly packed all the climbing gear, put on our headlamps. The four of us, Jack Hume, Ellen Hume, Bonnie and I, start descending the Class 3 South Face route, which we read about but never saw.

    We felt like we were on the right route because we found an occasional cairn (a pile of rocks used by climbers to mark a trail.)

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Noisy cicadas invade Eastern U.S.

    Cicadas, locusts, bugs, whatever people call them, are coming. Maybe they are already here. For one brood, 2015 is their year.

    Cicadas also are known as locusts, but they are not a true locust. They are, however, unusual creatures. Scientists know a lot about them, but mystery still surrounds these strange bugs.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: Ordeal on the Crestone Needle

    At 4 a.m. on July 15, 1997, Jack and Ellen Hume and Bonnie and I crawled out of our tents and prepared for the climb ahead of us on the Crestone Needle.

    We were going to climb the route known as the Ellington Arête, the most famous of the Crestone’'s technical routes. The route ascends the highest and steepest part of the mile-long face of the mountain, and will take us up 2,000 feet directly to the needle’s summit. Crestone Needle became internationally famous when the Ellington Arête was included in the book, “Fifty Classic Climbs of North America.”

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Celebrate Kentucky’s free fishing weekend

    Free fishing weekends are a good thing. Not only do they provide a wholesome outdoor activity for individuals and families, they also have the potential of maintaining that activity into the future.

    Most states now offer a free weekend of days sometime during the year, and many offer the opportunity the first weekend of June.

    Free fishing weekend in Kentucky is one of the best avenues to introduce kids to the wonders of fishing and launch a lifelong passion. This year, Free Fishing Weekend is Saturday, June 6, and Sunday, June 7, throughout the state.