The Churning Sea Prepares The Hiker

Took a hike today.  Needed a little nature to recharge my batteries. Heck i work at sea every day right now, that is nature also. However, i needed a little forest.  Our 320 km hike on the East Coast Trail, Newfoundland, will arrive soon enough. One would think i need to hike to get in…

The Inspired Maniac

“Because your sins are so many and your hostility so great, the prophet is considered a fool, the inspired person a maniac.” Hosea 9:7 It’s  a hard time to be on any spiritual journey in this climate.  As long as you keep it private, it’s bearable. But you can’t write about it much. Basically, we…

The Fisherman Footloose and Fancy Free

Finally, a day to ride the new 2014 Honda CTX700. With only 412 km on the motorcycle, the CTX did not even have the break in miles yet. I added another 350 km Sunday so it is just about time for the first oil change. It was mothers day, but the fisherman’s curse is being awake…

Feisty Red – Tossing Seas

Well we managed yet another storm day. Monday was a nasty day at sea, as was Tuesday for half the day. It was a nice morning  until the the afternoon. I moved a ton of gear around too. Lobster catches were down drastically as a result. With winds through the night, and it still stormy out…

Brisk Winds, High Seas, & A Needed Prayer

Interpret the subtleties of weather from a fisherman’s statements. Fishermen’s words should be probed, as those few luminous words speak volumes from a fisherman. For example, when a Fisherman matter-of-factly says, “It was a blustery week!”, ………………………  one should probably picture big seas that would probably scare most commoners, not a mere little toss of the…

Waiting For Our Soul To Catch Up – What’s The Rush?

“An explorer, a white man, anxious to reach his destination in the heart ofAfrica , promised an extra payment to his bearers if they would make greater speed. For several days, the bearers moved along at a faster pace. One afternoon, though, they all suddenly put down their burden and sat on the ground. No…

The Gift Of Fishy Art

Not every day one gets the opportunity to buy a painting based on one of your own photos, one with your son in the scene. The painting arrived today and it is now on my wall. A real gift. I snapped this photo in the fall of 2016 while fishing eels, just at sunrise, on…

The Shining Sea

“Fish,” he said softly, aloud, “I’ll stay with you until I am dead.”  (Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea) Well, there she goes – the boat that is. There she blows – the North East wind.  So not able to take the boat for a test run to see how the new engine…

The Hiking Holy Grail

“A hiking Holy Grail.” Craig & Kathy Copeland. About the East Coast Trail NFLD By CNN Travel, the East Coast Trail (ECT) is rated in the top ten list of best secluded hikes. Today I was going over my trail maps for the ETC. I am getting excited. No wonder, when you consider this high praise. “The…

A Wild Flower From A Book

“I tried learning my wild flowers from books. The pictures are sterile and out of context.” (David Miller. AWOL On The Appalachian Trail) I could apply this thought to other subjects also. Guttenbergers think books are the only way to gain knowledge and understanding. We forget that the majority of the planet learns by conversation,…

Toss As Much As You Can – Advice From The Fisherman’s Shanty 

​”Their heart grew cold -they let their wings down.” (Sappho. If Not, Winter: Fragments of Sappho) Toss it out, give it away, purge it all. That is another phase of coming back to Canada. We live so very simply in Mali, a place sparsely furnished with very simple and economically made local furnishings. I come…