Canada: Part 1

After nine hours in the car, a speeding ticket and walleye tips from the Canadian police, there we were in Chapleau, Ontario.

2014-08-11_1616After nine hours in the car, kilometers upon kilometers twisting and turning along a magnificent rocky river, a speeding ticket and walleye tips from the friendly Canadian police, there we were in Chapleau, Ontario. We parked our two vehicles and unloaded an army’s-worth of provisions and gear, then immediately re-loaded it all into boats. Not long after arriving in the small, sleepy village of…

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Berries, Organs, and Fish

I’d say I was blessed, but I don’t believe there is anybody deciding who gets the good stuff and who doesn’t. As demoralizing as it may sound, I truly believe everything is completely random.

And yet “blessed” is certainly the best word to describe how I feel: I got a pretty great deal.

Amazing wife, sweet job working from home, great place to live, plenty of free time (perhaps too much), and an…

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Hunter-Gatherer-Farmstand Shopper

It wasn’t too long ago I visited the grocery store once or twice a week. Sometimes more frequently than that.

It was an adventure: All those different foods lined up in pretty arrangements, just waiting to be bagged, purchased, and cooked into delicious things. I always visited the “Hispanic” or “Ethnic” aisles to find weird unfamiliar treasures, even though I have issues labeling those aisles as…

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Old Fashioned Foraged Root Beer

Old Fashioned Foraged Root Beer

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Generally, I don’t like soda (ahem, excuse me, I live in Michigan again– what I meant to say was “pop”). I’ll drink a Coke every now and again, but I usually drink water, coffee, or beer– sometimes juice. I sort of like root beer but not really; It’s so sweet. That said, it’s usually the most interesting pop available.

So when I realized that sassafras, the tree whose root was the main…

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Birthday Fishing on the Mighty Muskegon

Birthday Fishing on the Mighty Muskegon

Although I fish frequently, I’d never taken a day off of work specifically to fish– until Friday. I decided a few weeks back it would be a good way to make the transition from 29 to 30 even though that wouldn’t technically happen until Saturday. I spent the week reading reports, memorizing maps and tying flies in preparation for an entire day on the water.

I arrived at the river just after…

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Grilled trout and seared bass

Grilled trout and seared bass

After a successful weekend of fishing, I had some new protein in my fridge: Two largemouth bass fillets and a whole brown trout.

I remember early on Saturday morning the exact moment I hooked the trout: I had drifted a pheasant tail nymph and a Beckstrom Special through some riffles and let it sink into a deeper section of the river. That’s when the brownie snatched the nymph and the fight…

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A List of “Men’s Rights” Issues That Feminism Is Already Working On

Feminists do not want you to lose custody of your children. The assumption that women are naturally better caregivers is part of patriarchy.

Feminists do not like commercials in which bumbling dads mess up the laundry and competent wives have to bustle in and fix it. The assumption that women are naturally better housekeepers is part of patriarchy.

Feminists do not want you to have to make alimony payments. Alimony is set up to combat the fact that women have been historically expected to prioritize domestic duties over professional goals, thus minimizing their earning potential if their “traditional” marriages end. The assumption that wives should make babies instead of money is part of patriarchy.

Feminists do not want anyone to get raped in prison. Permissiveness and jokes about prison rape are part of rape culture, which is part of patriarchy.

Feminists do not want anyone to be falsely accused of rape. False rape accusations discredit rape victims, which reinforces rape culture, which is part of patriarchy.

Feminists do not want you to be lonely and we do not hate “nice guys.” The idea that certain people are inherently more valuable than other people because of superficial physical attributes is part of patriarchy.

Feminists do not want you to have to pay for dinner. We want the opportunity to achieve financial success on par with men in any field we choose (and are qualified for), and the fact that we currently don’t is part of patriarchy. The idea that men should coddle and provide for women, and/or purchase their affections in romantic contexts, is condescending and damaging and part of patriarchy.

Feminists do not want you to be maimed or killed in industrial accidents, or toil in coal mines while we do cushy secretarial work and various yarn-themed activities. The fact that women have long been shut out of dangerous industrial jobs (by men, by the way) is part of patriarchy.

Feminists do not want you to commit suicide. Any pressures and expectations that lower the quality of life of any gender are part of patriarchy. The fact that depression is characterized as an effeminate weakness, making men less likely to seek treatment, is part of patriarchy.

Feminists do not want you to be viewed with suspicion when you take your child to the park (men frequently insist that this is a serious issue, so I will take them at their word). The assumption that men are insatiable sexual animals, combined with the idea that it’s unnatural for men to care for children, is part of patriarchy.

Feminists do not want you to be drafted and then die in a war while we stay home and iron stuff. The idea that women are too weak to fight or too delicate to function in a military setting is part of patriarchy.

Feminists do not want women to escape prosecution on legitimate domestic violence charges, nor do we want men to be ridiculed for being raped or abused. The idea that women are naturally gentle and compliant and that victimhood is inherently feminine is part of patriarchy.

Feminists hate patriarchy. We do not hate you.

If you really care about those issues as passionately as you say you do, you should be thanking feminists, because feminism is a social movement actively dedicated to dismantling every single one of them. The fact that you blame feminists—your allies—for problems against which they have been struggling for decades suggests that supporting men isn’t nearly as important to you as resenting women. We care about your problems a lot. Could you try caring about ours?

Excerpt from If I Admit That Hating Men is a Thing, Will You Stop Turning it Into a Self-fulfilling Prophecy?, by Lindy West  (via lilac-time)

fucking THANK YOU

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this is a BIG thing that men don’t get about feminism and patriarchy. 

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I’ve reblogged this before but it bears repeating

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This.

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An Excellent Weekend of Fishing

Saturday morning I returned to the scene of the crime as it were: the first place I ever fly fished. A couple years ago, Rob and I headed to the river after a quick workshop on fly casting. We both caught trout! Ever since that first time I have been completely smitten with fly fishing.

Lately I haven’t done much of it, so on Saturday morning I was up well before dawn. I made myself breakfast,…

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Recipe: Whole Rock Bass in Adobo

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I’ve been fishing a lot, more than I’d even like to admit.

Now that I have a fishing vehicle– my glorious 2002 GMC Sierra 4WD– I find myself on many short trips throughout the week. There is no shortage of places to fish within 10 minutes of our house, and I am slowly exploring all of them.

I’ve been shore fishing, wading, and kayaking; Catching bluegills, crappies, rock bass, largemouth bass,…

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Recipe: IPA-battered Panfish Tacos with Pickled Red Onions

Oh man. I can’t believe how incredibly good this meal was. They were, without question, the best fish tacos I’ve ever eaten. Anywhere.

Yesterday I wrote about my rainy trip to a local lake where I caught a bunch of crappies and bluegills; This is the conclusion where I turn those fish into food.

I pulled the fillets out of fridge and dredged them in flour, then let them sit on the counter so they…

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Trip to the Fish Market

Trip to the Fish Market

We bought a truck!

A 2002 GMC Sierra 1500 with four wheel drive and an extended cab sits in our garage. Working from home I don’t have a commute besides walking down the stairs, so realistically I don’t need a vehicle… But being stuck at home all day every day can be tough. Especially when there are so many places to fish so close.

The truck isn’t an everyday commuting vehicle, it’s an outdoor…

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Recipe: Seared Venison Steak with Bourbon Stout Reduction and Wild Greens

Recipe: Seared Venison Steak with Bourbon Stout Reduction and Wild Greens

Last November 15– the opening day of Firearm Deer Season in Michigan– I found myself in a tree with Rob Vink. It was a great and educational morning of wearing camo, being cold, watching squirrels, dragging deer, and eating breakfast on the back of a truck.

It was very nice of Mark and Rob to invite me along. I learned a great deal, especially after Rob shot that doe.

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Rob’s doe: The source of…

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Things I Learned in LA

Things I Learned in LA

Claire and I just got back from a trip to Los Angeles to see our good friend Beth (and a bunch of other friends too). It was great to see them, hang out, drink good West Coast beer and eat fish tacos.

We did a bit of fishing, so it’s not completely ridiculous to write about here…  But instead of a play-by-play of our adventures, here is a list of things I learned on our trip in no particular…

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Recipe: Smoked Sucker Chowder (and how to make a roux)

Recipe: Smoked Sucker Chowder (and how to make a roux)

Even now I don’t consider myself somebody who likes to eat fish.

Growing up I rarely ate fish, and when I did, it was undoubtedly “fishy.” Although I’ve caught, killed, prepared, and eaten my fair share of delicious fish– bluegills, trout, and most recently sucker– I still don’t think of myself as a fish lover. I still have a knee-jerk aversion to anything but deep fried fish, but it’s all in my…

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Recess

view from the water looking up

view from the water looking up

A small creek flows through out backyard. It is, without question, my favorite outdoor feature of our new house– and that’s saying a lot. I love the space we have, I love all the animals we can see out our windows, I love the woods and the meadows… But the creek is something special.

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Working from home gives me the incredible luxury of taking breaks (and sometimes…

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