I've always had a hard time dealing with storing unused items. Once my son was old enough to no longer require a car seat, I immediately went through my garage looking to get rid of all of the things that he no longer used. Of course, my wife caught me and reminded me that all of his baby stuff was off limits, no matter how old our son got. Fishing stuff, on the other hand, ...
In high school I thought there was exactly one girl on earth, and her name was Natalie. I articulated my affection for her though 90s love songs because they spoke for me. The reality was I was 17, which is the numerical equivalent of clueless. Predictably, a lot of what I thought I knew growing up ended up being either wrong, or I grew out of it. One thing I did get right in my ...
I have been using a fishing log since the early 1970s and it really adds a completely new dimension to my angling experience. Recording stream conditions, weather patterns, and flies, lures, baits and techniques used can help improve your fishing. Jotting down unusual wildlife you spot, or interesting rock and mineral formations, notes on mining ruins, or Indian artifacts can help increase your enjoyment of your outdoor excursions.
My son and I decided to take a walk while recently camping with my family at Lake Pardee.
Manteca's Jacob Gomes persevered through a cautioned-filled evening to capture the "Mid Valley Iron & Metals 150" for the SRL Spears Southwest Tour Series Late Models last Saturday evening at the Stockton 99 Speedway.
Hot dogs are synonymous with summer cuisine, and though there are plenty of hot dogs - gourmet dogs, foot-long dogs, ball park dogs, nitrate-free dogs, kosher dogs - I don't get too picky.
Several years ago, an auto accident claimed the life of a singer-songwriter named Harry Chapin. As is the case with many song writers, Chapin was actually a poet and philosopher who used music to expound upon the nature of life. Probably the most famous song that Harry Chapin wrote was titled "The Cats in the Cradle". It was about a fellow who was on his way up in the world and was too busy to ...
The sound of a fishing rod snapping is one every angler dreads. While retrieving a rod from one of my boat's compartments recently, it got hung up on something. Being a little frustrated, I tried to just muscle it out and ended up breaking off the tip of the rod. Now, my 7-foot rod is 6 feet, 10 inches. What bothers me the most about the whole incident is that if I would have just ...
Season points leader and second-generation driver Jeff Belletto of Modesto continued his winning ways in the Western Late Model division at the New Stockton 99 Speedway last Saturday night.
If you're lucky, there's a moment as you're falling that provides a chance to do something about it.
I saw in the newspaper a while back where some fellow claimed to have found a treasure trove of old photographic plates taken by the famous photographer Ansel Adams. If authenticated, the photos could be worth literally millions of dollars. I recall meeting Ansel Adams several times at his shop in Yosemite Valley and I wish I had purchased some of his autographed photos. His black and white photo of the full moon over Half Dome might well be the most famous outdoor of all time.
While looking through one of my favorite fishing-supply catalogs, I couldn't believe the prices on some of the items I paid big money for several years ago.
It's a 47-minute walk from where I checked my bags at the float plane dock to downtown Ketchikan. With two of the three flights to get me home out of the way and four hours until takeoff I walked the 2.7 miles, because as any Alaskan will tell you, if it's 72 and sunny, you better not take it for granted.
One of the highlights of my year used to be a four-day houseboat trip in the spring to Lake Shasta. However, in recent years, with the level of the water declining and the cost of fuel increasing, the trip became more work than it was worth. It is one thing to be able to tie up to the trees along the bank at night, but when those trees are 80 feet straight up the bank ...
During the past week, three separate incidents popped up that focused my attention on wild critters right in the middle of a city environment. First, I happened to be perusing the newspaper and came across an article about a rattlesnake being killed in someone's garage right in the middle of town. Rattlers in town? The State Capitol maybe, but a small town in central California? Whooda thunk it?
There are many ways to catch a fish. Yesterday while doing some grocery shopping I ran into my high school physical education teacher, coach Gebhart. He reminded me of a way of catching fish that I've never really gotten into. Coach Gebhart likes to fly fish just as much as he likes to golf. I have a fly rod, which is 27 years old and has sat collecting dust for the past 20 years. I ...
The ball was over-inflated and under-used, but that wasn't the real issue.
It's been a long time since I was a student in school waiting with anticipation for the start of summer.
At some point after, during, or instead of college, you embark on a career.
When I was a kid I used to think about being a weather man.
After your mom has the 7-millimeter aneurysm in her right middle cranial artery fixed, you've watched a You Tube clip of the same procedure on a different brain and your mom starts telling people she'll be home in a week (the doctors smile and say it will probably be a few days longer), your depth of observation increases.
Last week, I discussed antiques that the outdoor enthusiast might find incidentally while hunting, angling, or exploring old ghost towns.
The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West returns to Stockton's 99 Speedway this Saturday for G-Oil 150, one of the biggest events on the 2013 schedule.
I have this empty space on my living room wall that would be the perfect place for a mounted bass. It's right above my fish tank and would look perfect.
I've never really seen my Mom sick. She's had colds before, but she has epitomized both strength and stubbornness. That's probably why she rarely had health issues - they were intimidated.
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