The Owl Hooted

Rhythms abound in nature. Each day of winter I am acutely aware of the brief window of light; timing my daily ski to coincide to the brightest part of the day. Gardeners are tuned into the timing of the growing season. The last day of summer in 2021 found me furiously digging potatoes for seven … More The Owl Hooted

KOHOLA BOUND

As much as I love to ski, the relentless dark & below zero exact a punishment. Jack London sympathizes with this destructive codependency; the brutality is displayed in full character in “To Build a Fire”. After reading, I am able to subjugate these feelings as being almost normal. Refuge can be found in the example … More KOHOLA BOUND

Lesson From Squanto

“A friendly Indian named Squanto helped the colonists. He showed them how to plant corn and how to live on the edge of the wilderness… As cultivating maize was unfamiliar to the Pilgrims, they relied on advice from Squanto, who shared with them the secret of proper maize-planting technique – sticking the seed in the … More Lesson From Squanto

Valhalla Baptism

Bluebird weather brings a mystical quality to the Chugach. Entering a realm, not unlike that encountered in Brigadoon. Portal to this paradise was entered through Bombardment Pass. Peeking, Raina, & Korohusk Peaks served as sentinels to our journey. Grizzly & Black Bears demanded our vigilance through their territory. Wildflowers added color to the mosaic. Kicking … More Valhalla Baptism

Spring Break ’79 – Relived

I was scrutinizing the couch in the Ramada Inn Steamboat Springs. Engineer professors instructed a cost/benefit analysis be conducted prior to any crucial decision. It was spring break 1979. A couple weeks earlier, University of Minnesota engineering classmate Dan Wirth suggested a Colorado ski trip for spring break. This would require skipping an engineering test, … More Spring Break ’79 – Relived

Home Movies

Roger, Bill, Grandma Emelia: Grandma Emelia, Bill Bow & Arrow: Topping Street Duck Display After Hunt w/Grandpa Chas & His Boys; Iona Lane w/Johnny & Betty: St. Croix Fishing Trip w/Uncle Johnny: Wedding- Judy & Butch Valois:

COVID Maui Maze

Wedding party plans included a trip south to Maui in December. The June wedding was isolated due to COVID; travel to Maui would also be dictated by COVID. Quarantine would immediately begin upon arrival if all protocol was not strictly observed; this required negative test result for SARS-CoV-2, NAA. This special “Hawaii test” had to … More COVID Maui Maze