Saturday, January 11, 2020

Ya'll My Cowboys Have Always Been Hero's

If you are old enough to remember Roy Roger's horse's name, or the name of his side kick, he had more than one, or his side kicks Jeep. (for extra credit). Roy's dog and last but not least his leading lady and real life wifes name.

If you only knew half of these without giving a Google your cowboy reputation is in serious question. If you knew less than half there is no question about it. If you knew more than half congrats pardner. Your part of a dying breed.(that's not a metaphor). Like myself you may have spent (neigh horse humor) invested many saturday mornings in the 1960's self educating.

If you knew all the answers it's official, that's right your old. If you didn't even know who Roy Roger's is maybe there's still hope. Stop now and go where all Old cowboys go. No! No! not there I mean Youtube.

Roy without fail every saturday morning was in the wrong place at the wrong time, and got throwed in the Calaboose (that's a jail where the benevolent old sheriff's daughter brings you lunch). At the same time letting down both young and old not to mention being misunderstood by the leading lady.

All the while only shooting back to protect said same. Boy was he in a tight spot. In the nick of 
time shooting the gun from the villains hand without drawing blood or getting dirty. All in 30 min. I bring this up to point out we now commonly understand. The images that we put in our head, both visual and spoken we tend to act out. 

So it's no great mystery when one generation to the next behaves different than the last. Look no further than what we are looking at. This should give us Pause, but Hollywood seems to be stuck on Fast Forward today! I'm afraid my metaphors are a bit outdated I should Rewind that last sentence, there I did it again.(BTW my metaphors are VHS).

Hold your horses Papa Randy you say I'm nothing like Roy. If they throw you in the Calaboose it's probably for good reason, and your leading lady understands you only too well ! Yes it is so, but just imagine how I might have turned out without my saturday morning home work.

Not only did Roy repair his reputation, save the ladies virtue, and her father's ranch, and most difficult of all gained the  mother's blessing. Week in week out! We were treated with an action packed 1/2 hr. plus a dose of cowboy psychology for good measure . Did I also mention he also sang.

Happy trails to you
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Monday, January 6, 2020

Between Mayberry and Mad Max

Germany is phasing out all nuclear power by 2022. Undeterred by their lack of success on a global scale they are also shuttering 84 coal fired power plants by 2038. Can you say throwing out the baby with the bath water. Which begs the question they should have asked in the first place. 

What are the consequences,where are we going, and how fast are we getting there. Cause we are all on the same road. Questions that should have been asked and answered in the 1960/s. After 60 years they have completed a study on storing Radioactive waste.

The study shows a storage site can be completed by 2050. Their findings were called ambitious, optimistic, and Impossible. The thought that a ruling elite could be so shortsighted is beyond criminal, and might get the attention of a less compliant public.

More thought was put into closing of the local mall. Which they also thought would last forever. I'am sure the next big thing will get sold to general public as the last big thing was. If past performance is indicative of future results. 

Judging by their track record, instead of the road to El Dorado. I believe we are headed to somewhere between Mayberry and the Thunderdome, or worse going over a cliff of no return Thelma & Louise style after a Fukushima moment. All the while the powers that be are headed to Mars. They will be going up as we go down. 

In any event this will be sold as a step into the future. Which is probably truer than they know. I predict a lot more walking on this new road. Which don't make it all bad.

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Thursday, June 6, 2019

KNOT IS THE HARDEST

Are there any do over's in life something that you can't fix, can't take back. Something that you can't hit the pause button on. It's those things you replay in your mind hoping the ref will let you take back the shot or at least call it in your favor.

It's these things that keep you awake in the quite, still hours of the night. That's why so many people fill their lives with work, sports, entertainment, because we fear the quite time. Probably nothing that really matters in life can be done over.

It's those things that can't be fixed when broken that all involve people. People are very easy to break and equally hard to fix. There is no do over's there is only forgiveness or not, and as hard as forgiveness is. The knot is even harder.

I read in Men's Journal Magazine July 2018 issue that forgiveness was a little known and less used super power. Let's get a second opinion. I think I read the same thing in the original men's journal it's called the Bible.

I can't recall which issue it was a while back, I believe it was the King James.

Then Peter came to Jesus and asked. "Lord how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me ? Up to seven times ?" Jesus answered," I tell you not seven but seventy times seven."Matthew 18:21-22

" Judge not and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned forgive, and ye shall be forgiven." Luke 6:37

Not only is forgiveness a super power that works on both parties at one time, as difficult as forgiveness is,  knot is harder and downright disastrous.

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Wednesday, June 5, 2019

5 Free Healthy Habits

                                             
We are now half way thru the year seems like a good time to revisit your new years health resolutions. Don't wait 6 more months do it now. I have nothing to say that you don't already know.

Just a friendly reminder that good health doesn't have to be expensive, hard, or time consuming. It can be a way of life. Here are a few examples.

I won't go into great detail there are many excellent websites, blogs, and You Tube channels that cover each topic as I said just a reminder. Here we go.

1 - FASTING remember I said FREE not FUN. Fasting for health has a long history. It comes in many forms usually based on length of fast and usually promoting weight - loss but not always. Common fast are Intermittent fasting, that consist of eating everyday in a 8-12 hr. restricted window.

Alternate day fasting, eating normal on day one then on day two eating 25% of your regular calories. Repeat as needed. Lastly there's water fasting where you guessed it you consume mostly water usually for 3-5 days.They all work, find the one that suits your health goals.

2 - BREATHING- You say "I got this " been doing it 20,000 times a day since birth, but are you doing it correctly. Just as in fasting there are many variations often combined with meditation. I prefer the Wim Hof  AKA (The Ice Man) method of breathing you may of heard of him because of his extreme cold weather feats setting many world records.

Wim has been healing mind and body through breathing and will show you how. Wim Hof .com
I am a big fan of his cold shower techniques don't knock it till you try it. It works.

3 - STRETCHING- Whatever your - ing - is hiking, running, biking, kayaking, hunting, and fishing. Lets not forget every ones least favorite working. Stretching is the best way to start the day. Call it Yoga call it Pilates call, but do it. It's not glamorous but it pays dividends in the long run.

4 - SLEEPING - We've all heard it we'll sleep when we're died. The truth is the less sleep you get now the sooner your going to find out. So unless your in a hurry let's ere on the side of caution and get more sleep now. I highly recommend a book ( Why we Sleep).

5 - INSPIRE the SPIRIT - Could be music or a positive message in a podcast like a TEDX talk. Could be your favorite preacher, books on tape on a long road trip or go old school and read to yourself. Better yet the most effective way to inspire the spirit, PRAY.

6 - A bonus for you multi- taskers you can combine all of these into one action excluding sleep of course. Honesty I think the whole idea is to calm the over achiever in you showing you it's not only Ok to recharge slowly, but more beneficial than getting a jumpstart by doing to much at one time. Ultimately destroying the thing we're trying to save !

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Tuesday, June 4, 2019

LOG CABIN LAMENT



Thanks to the fine folks from the Forest Heritage Center in Beavers Bend State Park Hochatown Oklahoma. Who had the foresight and went to the pains to dismantle, label, move, and reconstruct at their facility this homesteaders log cabin we would not have this piece of living history. 

There is no photographs no written records, all that is known is it came from bethel  Okla. and was thought to be about 120 yrs. old. That's all we know the rest we'll have to imagine. Based on it's age the family that built it could have came to Oklahoma in the Land Rush of 1889 like so many others looking for a fresh start in a new country. 

Where they combined their imagination with a desire for a better way of life, lured by the hope of owning and working your own place. Even if it killed them at least they then were buried on their own land.

Once again judging by it's age and location they lived there through the 1930 depression, possibly cutting railroad ties by hand as was the custom for cash money. Selling for .42 cents ea. in 1913 the price dropping to .25 cents ea. and finally to .15 cents ea. as the depression deepened.

We are only supposing, but the fact is somebody did a whole lot of hard work building that cabin. I doubt they had a plan other than to stay warm and dry. With a few tools and only the north wind encouraging them to get done by winter.

No YouTube to consult and probably couldn't read or write anyway. Fast forward 120 yrs. I build a cabin right down the road just a little bit bigger. Using modern practices and tools and I doubt mine will be in a museum 100 yrs. from now.

Makes me wonder for all my activity I'm really going in the right direction.

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Bonfire of Failures

"Show me a hero and I will write a tragedy
Draw your chair up close to the edge of  the precipice and I will tell you a story".
                       F. Scott Fitzgerald

Choice A- When standing at the precipice and looking into the Abyss you take that leap,and hope you sprout wings on the way down. Odds are your going to crash and burn often, maybe more often than not.

"Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And when you look long into an Abyss, the Abyss also looks into you."
                Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

Choice B- You wait for your ideas to grow wings before kicking them out of the nest, and while your waiting someone else is probably acting. 

Choice C- Is the assumption that your are going to fail more than succeed so we learn to fail faster, and cheaper therefore winning becomes equally faster and cheaper, winning ,and winning more often.

So we learn to fail well get back out of the Abyss don't look it in the eye. Get back to the precipice, cause it's on the edge where your vision is the sharpest. ( Rinse and repeat as often as needed). Please don't confuse being on the edge, with sitting up high in the cheap seats watching the game.


You got to have some skin in the game, and it better be thick skin cause your going lose some on the way down. 2 more very important points. One Never, Never, Never, Ever bet the farm. That way when your work, project, idea, goes up in smoke you can dispassionately warm yourself by there dying embers, without choking on the smoke.

" Fire is the test of gold ; adversity of  strong men ".
       Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Lastly when you win, and you will, don't do a dance at the goal post. Cause you will most surely lose again also. When this happens just dust yourself off tip your hat to the crowd. ( for they are bound to be in the cheap seats ). Stand tall walk out of the arena, and fix your eye on the precipice.

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Monday, May 13, 2019

Reject - Rejection

When I write something on this blog, usually I write it for myself. Meaning It's a subject that I'am interested in enough to do some research into or have some personnel experience with. I believe if you ain't got a dog in the hunt why go there at all.

By blogging about it, putting it out there for the rest of the world to see forces me to galvanize my thoughts, forming an opinion, and putting it in print helps me understand it better. Hopefully you are helped as well.

Rejection is something we all deal with or in my case don't deal with very well. It's not that I've had so much, it's that I deal with it so badly. I recently ran across two examples of how other people have dealt with rejection in their work. I hope you find it helpful.

George Bernard Shaw the Irish playwright. Made a habit of writing 5 pages per day, for 9 yrs. he wrote making 30 dollars in that time, about a penny a day, and yes he did have a day job as a bank teller.

"First forget inspiration. Habit is more dependable.
Habit will sustain you whether you're inspired or not.
Habit will help you finish and polish your stories.
Inspiration won't. Habit is persistence in practice."
                Octavia Butler

Since then he has received both an Academy Award for a screenplay, and a Noble Prize for literature. Today he is considered second only to Shakespeare as a British dramatist. He is said to have wrote a quarter of a million letters in his life. Most of this takes place in the early 1900's.

On a more modern note a book that most of us have heard of " Chicken Soup for the Soul" was rejected by publishers 144 times. Author Jack Canfield says"Where would I be today If I would have given up after 100 rejections".

That one book spinning off a series of 250 titles, and more than 500 million books sold. Who said persistence doesn't pay off. His books consist of collections of inspirational stories about the true lives of ordinary people. His story belongs right with them.

"When your efforts run in the face of
conventional wisdom and accepted mastery,
persistence can look like madness. If you
succeed in the end, this extreme originality
reformulates into a new level of mastery,
sometimes even genius; if you fail in the 
end, you remain a madman in the eyes of
others, and maybe even yourself. When you
are in the midst of the journey... there's
really no way of knowing which one you
are."    Hillary Austen

Seth Godin gives the best advice to writers, and the advice I like to follow. Which is if you write poorly, then continue to write poorly, and after a while you will write less poorly. He says writing is a skill to be learned.

He should know after writing more than 20 books, and 7000 blog post. Writing one a day on average. These are just a few examples of how persistence pays, and the struggle that a few people have gone through.

Your results may vary (mine do).

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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Just Walk It Off

We have all heard that cliche, and most of us have given  that advice. Advice that we would rather give than get. The universal cure for what ails you. Did you know the worlds greatest philosophers, thinkers and writers have been walking it off for centuries. Using walking as a cure, a tonic for both mind and body.

"I have two doctors, my left leg and my right."
G.M. Trevelyan - English Historian

I won't go into the science, but for centuries people have known the health benefits of walking. As I wrote about in my article (How I lost 10lbs. fast).  People have been fasting for hundreds of years, because they knew the benefits.

Now we have the science to prove what they already knew. It is the same with walking. They say all the best things in life are free. Which is true of both fasting and walking.

" No wealth can buy the requisite leisure, freedom, and independence which are the capital in this profession. It comes only by the grace of  God.
It requires a direct dispensation from Heaven to become a walker you must be born into the..."
     Henry David Thoreau - American author, poet, naturalist, tax resister, development critic, surveyor, inventor, historian, and philosopher.

Charles Dickens was a walker. It is said that he wrote one of his most stories, A Christmas Carol after a walk around London.

" If  I could not walk far and fast I think I should 
just explode and perish."
Charles Dickens - English Author

It doesn't seem to matter short walks, long walks, walks to familiar places, walks to the great unknown, in the city or in the country. Just be mindful of what your doing.

"We should go forth on the shortest walk, perchance. In the
spirit of undying adventure, never to return - prepared
to send back our embalmed hearts only as a relic to our
desolate kingdoms."
Henry David Thoreau

Now that a pretty serious walk, maybe that's why men like him are not so common anymore. 
Yet he gets more serious.

" If you are ready to leave father and mother, and brother 
and sister and wife and child and friends,and never see them again;
if  you have paid your debts, and made your will, and settled 
your affairs, and are a free man; then you are ready for a walk."
Henry David Thoreau

If you think you don't have time for a walk Edward Abbey has this to say.

" Walking takes longer... than any other known form
of locomotion except crawling. Thus it stretches time and
prolongs life. Life is already to short to waste on speed."
Edward Abbey - American author of environmental issues

Henry David Thoreau though it so beneficial he wrote an" Essay on Walking."

" Think that I cannot preserve my health and spirits, unless
I spend four hours a day at least, and it is commonly more than that
- sauntering through the woods and over hills and fields,
absolutely free from all worldly engagements."
Henry David Thoreau

My favorite walk is along the Lower Mountain Fork River in Beavers Bend State Park Hochatown Oklahoma. Begin at the new bridge and head upstream. If you need flatter ground go to the old park dam and walk down stream, it is a very easy walk.(See my article Oklahoma's best hiking; camping; fishing.)

" In short all good things are wild and free."
Henry David Thoreau

I read this the other day" When in doubt, trust in long - existing cliche's, because they exist for a reason." Stephen Harding

One more reason to just walk it off.

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Monday, May 6, 2019

King of the mountain

How would you like to have millions of acres of unspoiled wilderness, as far as the eye can see. Since your dreaming how about one better, no payments, rent or leases that lock you in. While your at it how about no land tax or upkeep or maintenance.

Just enjoy it all to yourself, this can be done, I do it so can you. My vacation rental cabin is on the edge of Beaver's Bend State Park in Hochatown Oklahoma. I'am about 200 ft. outside the Kiamichi National Forest. I have the whole state park to myself.

How do I do this, I just go there on the weekdays. What do I get Broken Bow Lake not just the shoreline, but the whole lake, the Mtn. Fork River all 12 mi. of it that runs through the state park, and access to the one of a kind fly fishing that goes with it. Not to mention hiking trails and campsites.

It's better than owning it because you can relax and enjoy it. Robert Frost understood this when he wrote this.

                         
   " Whose woods these are I think I know.
      His house is in the village though;
     He will not see me stopping here
     To watch his woods fill up with snow."  
                            Robert Frost

What was he doing there, he was just stopping and watching.( I wrote about this in another article FOREST BATHING- age old solution to a modern problem).

Now to the man who says he's to busy to pause and watch the greatest show on earth. Robert Frost writes further.

    " The woods are  lovely dark and deep
       But I have promises to keep,
       And miles to go before I sleep,
       And miles to go before I sleep,"
                     Robert  Frost

Repeating the last line twice just seems to make it sadder but, I guess that's the point. What sleep is he talking about, the one we take every night, or the one we take once in a life. Make a promise today to make an appointment with the woods before you sleep.

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Thursday, May 2, 2019

Thru Other Peoples Eyes

What you look like to other people. I got to thinking about this the other day. Something I wouldn't usually spend too much time on, but the situation caught me off guard. I was at the library, where I write, publish, post, and take advantage of their WiFi. I had just finished a very difficult bicycle work-out, and was feeling really good about it.

 I shaved, got cleaned up was looking good, and feeling good. Driving to the library with my bike on top of my Jeep Suv, made feel sporty. Carrying in my computer and notebooks made me feel smarter. After setting myself up, I found I needed a dictionary. So I asked the Librarian where I could find one. She leads me to the back of the library to a shelf filled with dictionaries.

She pauses. "Well let's see you'll be needing this one."
As she handed me this huge volume, the largest book on the shelf. I was thinking to myself that my reputation as a wordsmith must have proceeded me to think I would need such a book.

"A lot more words in this one." I say.
" No a lot bigger words."
I say "A lot longer words."
Giving me a look."Same words just bigger, it's the large print addition."
   "Oh, Thank you."

One look at me told her I needed the large print addition. The way she was seeing me and the way I was seeing me, was completely different. What I had to remember I was looking at me through eyes that really did need the large print addition."Oh,Well."

" Take everything you like seriously, except yourself." Rudyard  Kipling

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Monday, April 29, 2019

How I Lost 10 lbs. Fast

Or better said, How I Lost 10 lbs.Fasting. Yes I said fast not fun, but it really wasn't that hard.The hardest part was getting started and getting through the first day. Once you set your mind to it it's as good as done. Here's how I did it simply put and I do mean simple cause simple is the best way. Just don't eat, drink only water, maybe with a little apple cider vinegar, and lemon juice in it.

I personally also drank some coffee, I have since given up coffee, and feel much better for it. What I'am talking about here is a five day water fast. One problem people have with most diets is they find them complicated. This one is not, one rule don't eat.

Will you cheat ? I did a little, very little don't beat yourself up over it. One thing I might add I did this without any exercise routine. I'am not sure you could do this type of fast and maintain a regular workout at the same time. So why do a water fast.

One reason is you can't always find the time to exercise, but you can always find the time to not eat. If weight loss is one of your main goals, as it is for so many people. This may be for you. With most changes of habit, as I said earlier getting started was the hardest part. The first day I missed eating out of force of habit.

One thing I did to make it easier I conducted my fast at my cabin in Hochatown Okla. Where I kept no food at the time. You may not have the luxury of separating yourself off from food, and people eating it. As I found out later going to a family event centered on eating made it much more difficult.

A couple of things you can do to insure your chances of success, don't begin your fast in the holiday season or while on vacation. Consider your ability to control the amount food ads you are bombarded with you know they do it cause it works.

Keep in mind my results are not the least bit scientific and your results are bound to vary, and I only print this because I'am a good example of an average person. I hope you find the information useful. Here is how it went.

Day 1- Weighing in at 220lbs. I had been doing some alternate day fasting, but not seriously since the first of  the year, and had lost about 15lbs.weighing 235 in Jan. So I was no beginner.The first day was still hard. Keep your mind occupied  and off of food.

Day 2- I decided to go cycling and found that on one long uphill I had to walk pushing my bike to the top. This is why I say it may be difficult to maintain your regular exercise routine. Once again very unscientific, and you may get different results.

Day 3- Was uneventful I did have a strange metallic taste in my mouth. I believe it is a symptom of ketosis for I believe your bound to enter into it on this type of fast. Don't be like me a little research can go a long way. I'am a terrible guinea pig but I'am the only one I can afford. The only thing I do consistent is consistently getting it wrong, as you will see on day 4.

Day 4- I experienced what is commonly called the keto flu. Which is proof you are in ketosis which is the metabolic process of burning fat for energy because of the lack of glucose. Resulting in a build up of ketones or acids. The body stores fat like a bank account, in ketosis your spending that fat, hence the weight loss.

I could have easily avoided this so called "keto flu" had I done some fact finding on the net, for this is a common condition. My symptoms were as follows, extreme fatigue,brain fog,nausea,dizziness,and heart palpitations. There can be other symptoms those were just mine.

Hey what's the deal these were all the things I was trying to cure in the first place. A simple internet search told me all this was caused by a loss of salt and water due to my fast. Simply add a half tsp. of salt to your 16oz. water bottle, might as well make it Himalayan pink salt. Due this twice a day.

I didn't know this and almost gave up my fast.What I did do, it just so happens was a salt water detox on day 4 just as it sounds salt and water. Presto it cured my symptoms, and I was back on track.

Day 5- I felt great it was my final day, but I had a family event with a lot of food, it was the first time I really missed food. Maybe because I usually over eat at these events and it was triggering a pavlovian response.

As far as results go I lost 10lbs. in 5 days. I don't know how much of this was water loss, I did put a couple of pounds quite quickly after the fast. I believe the salt water detox contributed to the water loss, because it emptied my system completely.

What is a salt water detox, flush, or cleanse.While it might sound dangerous too much salt can kill , but remember so can to much water. Studies have shown it to be both safe and effective. I had tried doing this and didn't have good results. As I said I'am consistently wrong.

I did it late in the day, you should do it first thing in the morning. I did it on a full stomach at the time, you should do it on an empty stomach. I used table salt you should use sea salt. Make sure your salt is not iodized which could affect absorption.

The second time I tried this detox I followed these simple rules and was very successful. Here's how to prepare your detox. Take 1 liter of water heat it above room temp., but cooler than your morning coffee add 2 tsp. of salt and shake well.

If  you like add some lemon juice as the salt will be quite strong tasting. Drink it as fast as possible(in a few minutes). It will take effect in less than a hour, and the effects may last several hours. So make sure you set aside enough time and have access to bathroom facilities.

It's simple fast and cost effective, unlike so many things we do. One thing I didn't know a water fast can cause constipation, because your not consuming any fiber. We all know what roll fiber plays in our diet. So I guess it makes sense I was feeling like I needed the detox after a week without fiber.

In summary I don't know if I will do a water fast again it seems so disruptive to your work and exercise routine. I'am not giving medical advice I just sharing my experience. I've had good results with alternate day fasting. Which consist of eating as usual on day one then on day two eating 25% of  your normal calorie intake.

I do this by eating a large bowl of oatmeal with cinnamon, and honey for breakfast and I'am done for the day. Everybody is different I find on normal days my body does not try and make up for lost calories.

I find that this fast ADF is easier to keep than the old school diet of restricting calories everyday for weight loss. There is plenty of research out there that ADF is more effective at weight loss.

Back to the 5 day water fast it did help me jump start a weight loss program. I have since lost an additional 15lbs. by the end of the month using ADF It also helped me break a few old habits at the same time by going cold turkey on sugar, caffeine, artificial sweeteners, and just general over eating.

I said goodbye to these old friends, and hope to never see them again. I constantly use myself as a test subject, and I hope you can learn a little from the process, as I do.Certainly don't try any of this without consulting your physician.I don't like writing about something unless I've tried it myself.

There are many other reasons to do a multi day water fast other than weight loss for example. I ran across this research by the University of Southern California in an article titled grow stem cells with fasting. It states that fasting 2 to 4 days at a time causes elimination of older cells allowing them to be replaced by new cells.

Out with the old in with the new, for all practical purposes rebooting the immune system. Imagine that people have been fasting for centuries now we know why.

I fail to mention one of the best reasons for fasting is it cost nothing, and as you guessed actually saves you money. Which is good cause your going to need some new clothes.

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Thursday, April 25, 2019

Fly Fishing Sport of Kings


Let's jump right to the end of this story.(no fish harmed in the writing of this article.) The only damage was to Ego,self-esteem,pride and pocket book. The former being broken, the latter only bruised. I hope I got that right. I always confuse the former with latter.(O' well).

Now approaching my 62th. birthday, with thoughts on how to spend those golden years and green dollars. Being of sound mind and body I decided to wreck both at one time because at my age there's not much time left.

That's right I was going to master the manly art of fly fishing. I was going to need a few things. First stop was at the huntin, fishin, gettin, big box outdoor store.

I watched as the old as oil(west Texas crude that made this chain of stores what it is today). Stone faced steely eyed medusa of a cashier.(I would say about my age). Sneered disapprovingly at my purchases. As if to say they had mid-life crisis wrote all over them. Here husband now he's got a crisis.

She remarked "Do you wanna beg for the small stuff."
No I quiped."I will be paying cash today thank you."
"Please double beg it." But the joke was wasted o"well if it's not fun for everyone.

For it was I who's got to figure out how to get all this home on my motorcycle. I should have drove the jeep, but it was loaded down with kayaks.(So many choices).

The young man bagging my goods. Sighed wondering out loud.
"Gee it must be nice."
"I wonder when I'll have the  money to fish and see the world."
I was thinking the same thing, but about myself. I bet he won't have any hair left to flick out of the way to see his phone by that time. Maybe he'll be ready and able to see the world then.

But wait we're not done yet we must pay tribune to amazon. They're great but they have so much stuff, and I have so little money. So we compromised, I got a little of there stuff and they got all my money.

The Fed-Ex man has came So many times the dog don't even bark at him anymore. She still barks at the mailman cause he only comes once a day. Even the dog knows mailman bring bad fed-ex bring good.

While waiting for my ship to come in, not the financial one it sank in the parking lot of the big box store,but the cargo one I need to haul all this down to where the fish are. It struck me then we fly fishermen don't use boats we walk in the water up stream no less.(SPORT OF KINGS), but not Vikings' cause they had a boat.

Now after being plundered by the private concerns it's the governments turn. A fishing license in no way resembles a drivers license. A drivers license implies that you are competent, and have mastered all skills granted by the license. A fishing license on the other hand grants you the right but makes no claims of skill or competence.

In that sense a fishing license more resembles a marriage license. You've passed no difficult test.(that will come later). To make matters worse the fisherman has probably watched more YouTube videos On catching his prize than the marriage applicant.(results may vary).

By now you may be having some doubts about my outdoor writers skill. Rest assured I'am sitting outside on my deck as I write this.

If your staring into your screen at this point blankly, as I'am as I write this. I've heard of writers block, I've had enough to build a house. I not aware of readers block as a condition. Let's just say you have crossed a few hurdles if you came this far slog on.

There is one more license, a poetic license. It's free they don't give it to you, you take it. That's why so often it's a crime. I've abused mine so often it's tattered and worn. A lot like this story.(barely readable).

Well we have talked about marriage, government, mid-life crisis, retirement, money, amazon and dogs. All the major topics, let's see what haven't we discussed. Oh yes the fish.Well that about does it for part one of this story.

If you get to the end of this story before I do, and there's still no fish. Leave a comment in the comment section and I'll see what I can do.

This is Papa Randy and I'am
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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Oklahoma's best hiking ; camping ; fishing

The triple crown of summer can be had in one clean sweep at Beaver's Bend State Park in Hochatown Oklahoma and surrounding area Broken Bow Lake and Kiamichi mountains.There is so much to do in this corner of the state..Hikers have access to a trail system in the state park. That allows them to tailor a hike to suit their time(length) talent(degree of difficulty).

From Skyline trail for the experienced hiker to the nature trails at the Forest Heritage Center. Open 7 days a week with free maps available of all trails and park amenities as well.(get a map there is so much to see or get lost seeing it).

The Heritage Center is on hwy. 259a.Turn at the state park entrance. It is very near many of the trail heads and you can park in their lot. The ranger station at the state park turn off, also has detailed maps of the area for sale as well as free maps.I don't believe they are open on the weekends.I will provide phone numbers for both the ranger station and heritage center at the end of this article.

There are seven basic trails in the park system.

Beaver Creek ; 1 mi. Great for kids with water to wade in the summer.

Beaver Lodge : 1 mi.

Cedar Bluff : 1 mi. up hill with view of the river at the top.

Dear Crossing: 2 mi.

Look-out mtn.: 1.5 mi.

Skyline: 7 mi. The most challenging and is best accessed from the cedar bluff  trail head. As it is difficult to locate the trail head at the spillway.

I might add that if you have a stroller or wheelchair you can still hike if it is not to wet.Go to the old park dam there is a wide flat trail (closed road) that parallels the lower mtn. fork river as it leaves the park. It is a very scenic walk for everybody.

If you decide to car camp there are many campsites on the river as well as R.V. parking with pull thru sites. They have approx. 111 w/e sites 4 handicap and 54 tent sites. 

Not to mention 40 lodge rooms 48 cabins 10 pet friendly and 2 group camps one for 144 guest and one for 160 visitors. Don't miss the nature center which is located by the store and the childrens playground.

Speaking of children they may be interested in the train rides,paddle boats,kayak rental and swim beach all within the park.

The main attraction to the park is of course the 12 mi. of  Lower Mtn. Fork River that runs through it.Yes that's right(a river runs through) and the trout fishing it provides.It's rumored to have the best fly fishing in Oklahoma and some say in the entire south.The mtn. fork has both stocked and native trout. The cold clear water reminds you of a rocky mtn. stream and is just as scenic.

I feel I have left out so much you need to see it yourself.
Park office (580) 494-6452
Nature Center(580) 494-6556
Cabin office(580) 494-6300
Lakeview Lodge(580) 494-6179
Ranger Station(479) 637-4174
Forest Heritage Center(580) 494-6588


This is Papa Randy and I'am

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