The Stockton 99 Speedway closed out the regular season for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series last Saturday night.
It's always a good idea to check the weather before a trip to the mountains this time of year, so I did.
It seems as though the public schools get a lot of criticism these days, but then I'd be willing to bet that people have been complaining about schools as long as schools have existed. Certainly, some of the criticism of schools is warranted and schools could use improvement. There is, however, a good argument to be made that that we are asking our schools and their administrators and teachers to teach things that we, as parents, should be teaching to our children ourselves. Quite honestly, I'm not qualified to teach my children chemistry, music, or computer science. By ...
Over the years, I have seen several different fishing nets being marketed to fishermen. One challenge that comes with netting fish has always been keeping the hooks from snagging themselves within the netting material. At the request of anglers, rubber nets were made, and for a while they were the wave of the future when it came to nets.
My buddy Danny said I should start a website.
Over the past couple of decades, I have collected antique bamboo fly rods. Contrary to popular belief, not all bamboo rods are valuable. Prior to World War 2, almost all rods were made of split bamboo. Some were excellent and costly, some were good medium priced rods, and some were cheap junk. South Bend, Heddon, and Montague were all rods that were comparable to Fords or Chevrolets. They were good serviceable rods manufactured and priced to sell to the multitudes. Lousy rods were usually made in Japan and carried no manufacturer's name at all, while great rods were individually ...
When I was an 8th grader, standardized testing said I scored in the 98th percentile nationally in science.
These days it seems that lots of folks are concentrating on eating healthier foods. It seems like everywhere you look there are ads for organic beef, milk and vegetables. Heck, I'm gonna start looking for organic bourbon. You can't be too careful. Seriously, though, there are undoubtedly significant benefits to eating healthier foods. One source of healthy, organic food is wild food. Remember Ewell Gibbons? He was the author of a best seller entitled 'Stalking the Wild Asparagus' that encouraged folks to go out into the wild and take advantage of the abundance of wild plants that our ...
Saturday I was invited to be the seventh wheel on a trip to Yosemite National Park. I had the most experience of the troop so I felt inclined to provide historical background during the excursion.
Team Penske has long been regarded as the standard bearer of excellence in Indy Car racing and on Sunday the team turned in one of the most dominating performances in the history of the sport by posting a 1-2-3 finish in the IZOD Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma at Infineon Raceway
While it's still pretty warm outside in the afternoons, I have noticed a cooling in the mornings, hinting at the coming of fall. Believe it or not, Last weekend was the opening of archery deer hunting season in California and it wont be long before rifle hunters also take to the woods in search of deer and bear. I know that a lot of folks hate to see summer go, but I love the coming of all of the seasons. I love the cool mornings that are the first hint of fall, the first frost that warns of the ...
Just like two weeks ago, every little bend with a pull-out on the Upper Stanislaus river was filled with a car.
The headwaters of the San Joaquin are a delightful contrast to the muddy river that flows into the San Joaquin - Sacramento Delta. From its source near Mammoth Lakes and Devil's Postpile National Monument, to its first dam at Mammoth Pool, the upper San Joaquin is a wild and beautiful wilderness trout stream. It is completely unreachable by road and the only access is by horseback or by foot. The San Joaquin Canyon is several thousand feet deep and hiking both down in and back up is a serious hike. My wife Mary and I had spent several days camping ...
Maybe it's wishful thinking, but I do believe I'm seeing early signs of fall.
Regrettably, I have rekindled an old relationship.
About 10 years ago, I started a fishing club at the school where I work. We practiced several times a week and I taught them how to cast, tie knots, spool their reels, and anything else that I thought they would need to know to get them started.
It's Saturday. This morning I woke up, had an omelet made with a couple eggs from a dozen that cost $2.50, filled up my truck ($4.25 a gallon) and drove to the river .9 miles down the road for my 42nd day of fishing so far in 2014.
Several times I have encouraged folks to donate money to conservation organizations that assist the wild critters we all love. It's good advice for those who can afford it, but what can you do if money is tight? It seems as though this recession has affected all of us to some extent. Unfortunately the recession has also affected charitable groups as well. At a time when the need is greatest non-profits are also hit with reduced contributions.
Last week I wrote about taking my dad out fishing for the day.
The historic Stockton 99 Speedway will kick-off its 2014 season this Saturday, April 5 with a big five-division NASCAR Whelen All-American Series program.
Recent articles in the world news media have disclosed that our government, specifically the NSA, has been monitoring and recording the phone calls and emails of hundreds of millions of people all around the world. Ostensibly the eavesdropping is to detect and prevent acts of terrorism but substantial numbers of people aren't convinced. Folks on the other side of the equation ask the rhetorical question: "If you're not doing anything wrong, what do you have to worry about?" The fact is private information in the hands of others can harm you. Here's an example.
RIPON – From one of the top junior college offenses in California to one of the most explosive in the entire nation at the Division I level.
Last weekend I decided to take my dad trout fishing at Lake Pardee.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Kyle Larson was ninth on the final restart at California, with four rows of traffic to navigate in two laps in a frantic bid for the best finish possible. With Kurt Busch and Tony Stewart at the front, Larson wasn't even thinking about victory.
A couple days ago I was chatting with my friend Bob Busser about a growing danger to those of us who frequent wild places. Appearantly growing demand for marijuna has resulted in a number of illegal pot groves located on remote public lands. Some pot growers are now planting their crops on hard to reach sites on BLM, Forest Service, or even private timberlands. They'll clear a space, till the soil, and even pipe water in from a nearby creek. If they should get busted, all they lose is the crop. Usually there is a grower/guard nearby to ...
Ten years ago, I was listening to a local Bass Pro talk about today's kids and their overall lack of interest toward the outdoors. He went on to talk about computer games and how few children are actually able to get out of the house anymore.
I've been putting off changing the bunks on my boat's trailer for several years now.
Danelle Bishop continues to win at the next level.
The 2014 local racing season is just around the corner and Stockton 99 Speedway has released its 2014 schedule. A total of 15 Saturday night events are slated for the historic quarter-mile paved oval that opened in 1947.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Joey Logano lined up directly behind Kevin Harvick and followed him nose-to-tail around the track and across the line for the final restart. He was stalking the leader, looking for what he knew would be his only chance to snatch the victory away from Harvick.