July 28, 2014

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Dr. Tom Mahl

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The other day I was checking in with one of Elyria’s roving photographers who posts his pictures on line. Amongst the shots of folks around town, here’s a photo of a lone fellow on a folding chair, staring down at the river on East Bridge Street. To the casual observer, he seems a little out Read More…

Blue Marlin Fishing Adventure, part Two of Two

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Instantly there’s a high whining noise that makes me look down at the instrument console to see if the engine has thrown a rod or something. “WHIIIIIIZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ!!!” Captain Chad jumps out of his seat so fast I think he’s going to fall off the bridge. “BIG FISH!” he screams and is immediately answered by Sandy Read More…

Blue Marlin Fishing Adventure, part One of Two

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 Off the coast of Kailua Kona, Hawaii, on board the “Bite Me One” with Capt. Chad Contessa, First Mate Sandy and a chartered fishing crew of six. Six thirty in the morning, and we are out of our slip and already rigging fishing lines. Sandy is a retired painting contractor who hung up his paintbrush Read More…

Playin’ Possum

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A lot of things happen in the wilds while you’re waiting for something else to happen. Another morning, I’ve been sitting near a weedy path at the back of a woodlot, a funneled crossing between corn fields. It would be a classic place to ambush deer, but I’m waiting for the turkey I know to Read More…

Modern Homesteading

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I write about life in the outdoors, and that generally means my recreational time afield. My outdoor life is an escape from all the everyday things that make life stressful. But there’s a part of my life in the outdoors that begins as soon as I step out the back door. It’s a part of Read More…

Honu, the Green Sea Turtle

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I’ve been a snorkeler since I was in my early teens, but the clear blue waters off the Kona Coast of Big Island, Hawaii are very different from the Lake Erie I knew as a kid. For one thing, before the Zebra Mussel invasion, the visibility of the Lake was about eighteen inches. Here in Read More…

Mushroom Hunting/Seeking

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The color bright red is seen few places besides on a tom turkey’s head in the spring woods, so when you do see it through the trees, that really gets the adrenaline going. Silently, I slipped my shotgun’s safety off, and remained motionless beneath my full camouflage veil. When I realized it was some rube Read More…

Shed Hunting, the weather begins to break!

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Eisenhower sits at the gate to the “Back-40” like a cocked spring. Every muscle in his 100 pound fur covered body is tense and taught, waiting for just enough daylight to appear between the gate and fencepost for him to spring into action, squeezing through the opening like yesterday’s lightning. (I stole that quote; “Yesterday’s Read More…

Decoy Show

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“The Ohio Show is one of the toughest to win in,” says Bob Nelson, a Lorain native who now resides in New London. “And I have done all the big shows, North Carolina, Maryland Louisiana, California Michigan.” Most impressive were his first and second place finishes in the World Championships at Ocean City Maryland. “Ohio Read More…

Florida Everglades Wild Boar Hunt, Part Two of Two

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Finally we come to the edge of a clearing, and the swampy palms give way to an immense pasture sprawling out hundreds of acres in front of us. We slow to a crawl as Bo says, “Ya see ‘er?” I squint out at a stand of palmettos a hundred yards ahead. “See what?” I say, Read More…