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Examining The Journey

Examining The Journey

I’m writing this from the backcountry, as I so often do, in my always-at-hand pocket notebook. Where do we head next with this narrative? Perhaps we’ll drop back to my childhood…investigate what mi...

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Road Trip: Interlude Five Continues...Africa, Part Four

There it was. Again. The low, guttural rumble of challenge. From a very large feline predator. Reeking of menace. How far? The bush screen allowed sound, not sight. Close.  Roy and I were poised t...

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Road Trip: Interlude Five, Continues….Africa, Part Three

The daily walking continued. Impala carcasses were carefully hung in strategic trees—trees where evidence of leopard activity was sought and found. We built leopard blinds. Capstick (and many other...

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Road Trip: Interlude Five, Continues….Africa, Part Two

I had chosen Roy Vincent as my PH because he was amenable to my hunting style-- walking rather than hunting from a vehicle. He was very physically fit so we made a perfect team. The man liked hikin...

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Patrick Smith

Road Trip: Interlude Five Continues...Africa

Darkness drops quickly in southern Africa. Sarah and I had been picked up at the extremely remote dirt airstrip minutes before and we were headed along a 4WD path to our hunting camp. Roy, our Prof...

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Patrick Smith

Road Trip: Interlude Five Continued

Here is another encounter where having a firearm at hand supported the wellbeing of yours truly. This one comes under the heading of a bona fide road rage incident. The scene is a not-well-known to...

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Patrick Smith

Road Trip: Northward

I awakened to a crisp dawn at my Corral Camp. I still had the place completely to myself. Should I linger, exploring afoot…perhaps down to the Mimbres again? Or saddle up Sheeba and head up the roa...

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Patrick Smith

Road Trip: The Corridor Continues

I’ll ask readers to excuse my tardiness in getting back to this narrative; what with field time, travels in Hawaii and family matters I have been distracted. Besides, like the best of Road Trips th...

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Patrick Smith

Road Trip: Forest Service Road 150

While disappointed with the no-fishing regulation in the Gila I understand, and accept, the principle of protecting our natural resources. The unique-to-the-area trout had experienced a trauma of ...

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Patrick Smith

Road Trip: Gila Wilderness

I set out for the Gila in a blazing crimson desert dawn, heading west on I-10 across the barren southern New Mexico wastelands. The Gila lies in the Gila National Forest along the Black Mountai...

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