Episode 130 – Draw results, attitudes and need

Caleb Martin runs xplorealaska.org and is a hunting fanatic. He and I talk about the draw results, why it’s fair, what to do if you didn’t draw, the best types of meat, the need to justify and how important it is to represent your lifestyle well since there are plenty of people with political power…

Episode 119 – Transition season

This is the time of year that New Year’s Resolutions fail because it’s eating season. From late October to the end of December it’s trashy Starbucks drinks, candy, pie, treats, and food in socially acceptable fits of over-eating. After 70 days of terrible eating, no wonder people only last a week in January. Anyway, I…

Episode 108 – Who is in charge?

Human history is filled with heart-felt good and unfathomable evil. Unfortunately, that will continue. As a whole, we will do evil to others and evil to ourselves. However, individually we can find ways to fight it. Plenty of people have found ways to live healthy, fulfilling lives. It is not impossible to be healthy and…

Episode 101 – From Trout Fest to the Alpine Obsession

After fishing 7 rivers in 4 states over the last 15 days, Trout Fest 2019 is over and it’s time to get into the alpine for blacktail bucks. In this short episode I talk about the importance of always having something to look forward to, and why it’s impossible to say one is better than…

Episode 95 – Self-awareness and virtue signaling

Gym owner Chuy Medina (Resident CrossFit, Modesto, CA) and I talk about the importance of being self-aware, the difference between being who you are and just wanting other people to think you are something morally or otherwise.

Column: Get to, not away from

A student asked me why people want to go to Mars. I said for the same reason people saw a map of a flat earth with sea dragons at the edge and decided to hoist the sails and go anyway…For the same reason people wanted to head west to the new (but already inhabited) new…

Episode 86 – Commercial fishing and mentoring

Derek Meister has been punching his Alaska card since he moved to Ketchikan 7 years ago. In addition to all the typical camping, hiking, kayaking locals do, he has worked on commercial fishing boats. He is the school psychologist at Ketchikan Gateway Borough School District, so we talk the benefits of a community like Ketchikan…

Column: There’s no place like home

Every once in a while, I count the months and discover it’s been months since I went into the world. Went Outside. Flew to the Lower 48. Whatever you want to call it. It’s Thursday night, a week before this will be printed, and I’m preparing myself. The plan is a few days in Laramie,…

Column: The happy life of an average Alaskan

There’s a difference between accepting your fate and giving up. I’ve come to the realization that my particular place in the outdoor world isn’t going to be the expert of anything except maybe that “get back on the horse” metaphor. I can do things well enough to be successful and have fun, but there will…