Rain Gear that Keeps You Dry

 The good old stand-by is still the best at keeping you dry.

I first started to use Helly Hansen rain gear when I worked in Alaska. In the daily rain of Ketchikan Alaska, I guided tourist through the Alaskan Wilderness in open wheeled buggies.  The rain suit preferred by the locals and the one we gave to each tourist to use while off-roading in the rain was the Helly Hansen rain jacket and bibs.

Rain gear

This was one of the few sunny days I experienced while in Ketchikan. We still wore our rain gear because of running the open wheel karts through the mud and standing water.


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Sunrise Opens Each Day With A New Beginning

By the grace of God the darkest of nights give way to the rising sun and another day. Sunrise opens each day with a new beginning, a chance to try again and build upon yesterday’s lessons.

This sunrise photograph was taken on Corolla Beach North Carolina. I had spent the night before sleeping under the stars on the dunes. I was on a 3 day drive from Westminster, MD to Hatteras, North Carolina. The world I had known was gone. Where the road of the future would take me was unknown. I was homeless, jobless and estranged from my children. It was the darkest of nights. That morning watching the sun rise above the ocean, I felt God’s hand on my shoulder. On that day I began the long journey to become the person I wanted, and I believe God wanted me to become. Today, a few years later, this photograph with my own personal quote has become one of my best sellers.

This sunrise was taken during my 2012 trip to Hatteras.

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Old Town NEXT Canoe Review

My NEXT Canoe

Next Canoe


Since the age of ten I have been paddling canoes. When I gained a few coins in my pockets, I purchased a few “real” boats with motors. Then I sold those noisy and messy things and continued to paddle in peace. After all these years I think I finally found my last canoe. My NEXT Canoe may be my last canoe.

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Deer Hunting with Crossbow

Deer Hunting with Crossbow

Deer hunting with cross bow

Late on Sunday evening I sit down to relax having returned to the Washington DC apartment. With a tumbler filled with three large ice cubes and splashed with my favorite whiskey, the weekend comes to a perfect close. It had been a grand weekend.

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Want to go on an adventure?



As a teenager, we used to take our four-wheel drive trucks and Jeeps up into the mountains to camp, fish, hunt and explore. Little did we know that what we were doing had a name – Overlanding.

Ever thought about, ok, dreamed, of taking six months off from work to go explore some far off country in a Jeep or Land Rover? Or maybe you secretly always wanted to jump on the bike and ride across the country? These guys have done it and wrote the book.

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Killing a Caught Northern Snakehead

The Monster Northern Snakehead Arrives

Northern Snakehead

Several years ago when the monster Northern Snakehead invaded the waters of Maryland, an all out war was raised to kill them all.  Well, that didn’t work.  Today, Northern Snakeheads swim the Potomac River shoulder to shoulder with the other predator of the deep, Largemouth Bass.

Since the arrival of the Northern Snakehead to our local waters, some fishermen have embraced their arrival and the snakehead fishermen was born. They are exciting to catch with their topwater explosions and their prefered habitat makes them a prime quarry for the canoe or kayak fishermen.

Oh yea, another added bonus is they are great to eat, and taking a few home for dinner is sure to please the home front.

But as a fishermen, aren’t I supposed to kill any and all of the Snakeheads I catch ?

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Maryland Dove Management Areas

Maryland Dove Management AreasMaryland Dove Management Areas

When most hunters think of dove hunting, fields of freshly cut corn or even better yet mowed over vegetable fields come to mind. I know my best hunting memories are from the September dove hunts we had as teenagers at the vegetable farm where I sometimes worked. But what is a hunter to do if he does not have access to a local farm and still wants to go dove hunting?

Maryland DNR has provided the answer with Dove Management Areas on public hunting areas.

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September Resident Canada Goose Hunt

September Resident Canada Goose Hunt

Resident Canada goose season opened here in Maryland on Tuesday September 1. I had to wait a full 7 days before I was able to set some decoys and hunt. Well, we did float the Monocacy one afternoon after the season opened and had shotguns in the canoe just in case we jumped a goose or two. No geese but several nice smallmouth where caught on that float, but that’s a story for another blog post.

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The AT Trail, The Movie “A Walk in The Woods” and the Big Picture

Will the Movie “A Walk in the Woods” help things or make matters worse?


A few days ago, I read the story Can the Appalachian Trail Survive “A Walk in the Woods” in Outside magazine on-line. Kathryn Miles brings to light some important issues surrounding the current condition of the AT trail and the possible effects of the new movie “A walk in the Woods” will have on the trail and it’s community.

Trail Sign

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What the Rebel Flag Means to Me

In the year of 1966, I was born. At such time growing up in the 70’s and 80’s it was known as the Rebel flag. We watched as the Duke boys fought a corrupt local government while proudly displaying the Rebel flag.

Dukes of Hazzard

A Rebel is defined as a person who rises in opposition against an established government or is defined as a person who stands up for their own personal opinions despite what anyone else says.

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