- Rick Brockway
- Friday, April 4, 2014
You never know what you're going to see on the slopes
I was skiing at Belleayre Mountain last Thursday. As we rode up the chairlift, I noticed several trees that were stripped of their bark in the upper branches. One of the guys I ski with asked, "What would cause that?"
- Friday, March 28, 2014
Chestnuts are making a comeback
For better than 10 years I leased an old log cabin in the Adirondacks on International Paper Land east of Speculator. We had wonderful times there hunting and fishing. The camp was located just a few feet from the state's Siamese Ponds Wilderness Area, so we had great access to backcountry lakes and forests on the state land.
- Friday, March 21, 2014
Fishing is all about being in the right place at the right time
I got an email from the Department of Environmental Conservation to remind all of you that trout season begins April 1. Now as some of you remember, I got mixed up one year with deer season because they changed the opening day. But there's no doubt where I'll be on April Fool's Day: I'll be skiing.
- Friday, March 14, 2014
It's funny how animals can adapt to almost any wild situation
My wife was coming home from work the other morning. She travels across Gun House Hill Road, which runs from Hobart to Harpersfield. It's not unusual to see a dozen deer or so on any given day. They're in the fields and crossing the road, making the trip more or less like an obstacle course.
- Friday, March 7, 2014
It's cold, but there's still plenty to do
This has been a tough winter. In fact, it has been one of the coldest winters on record. Now don't get me wrong, I love winter and I always have. I've always believed that people who don't like winter don't have anything to do when the snow flies and temperatures drop below freezing. But I've never had that problem.
- Friday, February 28, 2014
Animals' behavior a sign of wild winter
When I grew up, winter was much different. If we got a foot of snow, the schools and businesses never closed, because a storm like that was merely called flurries. Boy, have things ever changed.
- Friday, February 7, 2014
Opossum is unique in many ways
Many years ago, I saw my first possum. Yes, I know: It's opossum, not possum. But no one ever pronounces the 'O.'
- Friday, January 31, 2014
It can be too cold sometimes
With freezing temperatures and the Winter Olympics just a week or so away, I was reminded of a winter camping adventure many years ago.
- Friday, January 24, 2014
It's tough to say what you really did see
Every once in a while it's fun just to open that proverbial can of worms and see what comes out. The other day I was shopping in Hannaford's and someone told me he had seen a mountain lion last fall I wasn't going to burst his bubble, so I listened intently to his story.
- Friday, January 17, 2014
Unpredictable winter makes dressing a challenge