• OUTDOOR TALES: Lightning bugs offer hope for younger generation

    There is hope. Hope that some young people won’t become slaves to electronic gizmos.

    The electronic gizmos and apps aren’t going away. I use a few myself, but it seems like many folks, especially the young, can’t live without cell phones, Twitter, iPads (I admit I don’t even known most of the terminology). I’ve seen youngsters sitting a dozen feet apart texting each other. And I’ve seen women talking on their phones throughout their shopping trip at the big box stores, even in the checkout line.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: The Grand Teton on our third attempt

    It was 7:30 p.m. when we left Jack and Ellen Hume after 14 hours spent climbing the

    Mount of the Holy Cross on July 16. Bonnie and I headed north because we had an

    appointment with Andy at Jackson Hole Mountain Guides in Jackson Hole, Wyo., at

    2 p.m. on the 17th to make final plans and meet our guide for our third attempt at climbing the Grand Teton. We had 18 hours to drive almost 600 miles and get whatever rest we could along the way.

    After 300 miles, we had to stop in Rock Springs, Wyo., for a few hours rest. Next

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: Hiking in Utah & Colorado 1996

    On July 3, Bonnie and I flew into Salt Lake City, rented a car and drove to

    Bountiful, Utah, to spend a couple days with my sister before heading to the mountains of Colorado.

    We visited the Mormon Temple and the Kennecott copper mine, the largest mine in the world, but after a couple of days we were off to Colorado.

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Bluegill good for first fishing outings

    Most likely the first fish anyone catches is a bluegill. It certainly was for me, as well as my kids and grandkids.

    For first-time anglers and for those introducing new folks to the fun of fishing, bluegill are the fish of choice for learning and fun. They are plentiful and usually fairly easy to catch.

    Bass are sought by tournament anglers, but bluegill is the Midwest’s most popular game fish. Not only are they fun and easy to catch, they also are good eating.

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Be safe on July 4

    Some long-in-the tooth folks like this old scribe recall the celebration as Independence Day. In later years, it simply became the Fourth of July Celebration.

    The reason for the change in terminology is unclear. Maybe it was another one of those politically correct things to make sure we didn’t offend any of our British friends, since it was the British from whom we declared our independence.

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Many dogs curl up with their owners

    For years it has been a family secret. Well, maybe not a secret, just something we didn’t talk about much.

    The secret is that for years our dogs have been sleeping with us. Not our big coon dog, Mutley. He was just too big, but the rat terriers — Augie, Buddy and later Tyler — found their way under the covers.

  • Revisiting Colorado's 14K peaks

    Early July 1995 found us back in Colorado ready to attempt to climb a few more of the Fourteeners, the Rocky Mountain State’s 14,000-foot mountains.

    Our plan was to start on Mount Shavano just northwest of the town of Salida and work our way north, climbing as many of the Fourteeners as our time and energy would allow.

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Father's Day memories

    Father’s Day 2014 has come and gone. However, Father’s Day still is lingering in this old man’s head. It probably has something to do with age.

    This year’s Father’s Day for this old scribe was excellent. Time was spent with son, Erik and his family, and calls and emails were received from daughter, Michelle and her family in Tennessee. The weather was great for outdoor activities. The hot dogs and hamburgers hit the spot.

    As the weekend came to a close, memories of my Dad remained.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: A quick trip to the Smokies

    Before we get too busy in the archery shop this fall, Bonnie and I decided to take a short trip to the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee, but on this trip we asked our 8-year-old granddaughter, Hannah, if she would like to go along.

    We were hoping to introduce her to the beauty of the park and to the challenges of some tougher hiking than we have here at home.

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Give Dad time, not a tie for Father's Day

    People survey everything these days. Most make one scratch the head and wonder why. Usually the finding was obvious before the study ever started.

    Supposedly, someone did a study about what Dad wants for Father’s Day. Again, it didn’t take rocket science to determine the result.

    Dad doesn’t want a new tie or socks.