Your father-in-law is a great model for your kids, biggman100! Completing two Iditarod events works for me! I like his canoeing and other interests, right up my alley, I grew up with an Old Town wood and canvas canoe. Arctic Man sounds like my friend Cody Lundin (Discovery Dual Survival co-star). I met Cody while conducting one of my Jeep/Mopar Tent workshops at Camp Jeep. He was easy to spot, the only adult at Branson, MO with pigtail braids and bare feet. We became fast friends when he shared that his total tool assortment for his 200K mile Jeep CJ7 would fit into a fishing tackle box.
Cody and I co-conducted a workshop at Nevada on four-wheel driving survival and on-the-ground aboriginal skills. This was a few years before the "Dual Survival" opportunity came up for Cody. He's done some very interesting work, including a Paleo-Ice Age winter living simulation at the Grand Tetons for National Geographic. If you need someone to catch fish with his bare hands, Cody's the guy!
I am bent on making the outdoors accessible and much a part of our youngest grandson's life, he's a "paleo guy", too, totally absorbed in Nature at the age of 17-months, tracking birds and anything else we point out. A fellow said the other day, when I was describing how much our youngest grandson likes the natural world, "Your best legacy for that child is sharing the outdoors." My sentiments, exactly!
We each have friends and mentors...July 15th, I lost my good friend from the Alaska trip days, he was the real deal cowboy:
Carson City lost a local legend this week, Bob "Bear" Stutsman. As a construction worker, truck mechanic and heavy equipment operator in the early through mid-'seventies, I knew a lot of interesting people. Bob was way up that list. We did the Alaska Highway in 1975, 'wheeling a '66 4x4 I-H Travelall with an ancient camp trailer in tow. Sharing humor and the untamed wild country from British Columbia and the Yukon down to the Kenai, that trip always stands out...
Whether point shooting tossed pine cones with a vintage lever action Winchester, cowboy fast drawing with .44 Ruger single action pistols and live ammunition, taming horses or quickly settling a dispute, Bob was the real deal—and most memorably, my friend. Here's a glimpse of Bob in his later "career", part of a life led large: http://www.lasvegass...o-a-bygone-era/.
"Colorful friends" and relatives make a difference.