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Christmas Greeting

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Christmas Greeting

Postby oldranger » Sat Dec 15, 2012 8:01 pm

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Any resemblence to members of HST in the collage is fully intended.
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(The attachment didn't download like I expected but I think if you click on it you can see some pics. Unfortunately they are not as High resolution as I had hoped.)

The snow is falling softly outside my study and anticipation of my first skiing of the season is growing. Christmas in an isolated mountain village awaits. All of my kids and grandkids with Kathy and me for the first time since Christmas of 2006! But this is also a time of reflection on the past year and anticipation of even more adventures in the coming year.

You, the participants of HST have become an important part of my life. Everyday when I am home I look forward to seeing new pics, hearing about past trips, learning new tricks and about new gear. I love the discussions despite sometimes getting exasperated. To all who participate my heartfelt thanks! Special thanks to Eric who is responsible for the creation of HST and somehow managing to herd this unruly flock! I have grown to respect the adventurousness of such posters as Crosscountry, RoguePhotonic, and Wandering Daisy and have enjoyed the company and friendship of markskor (one can only wonder how he could put up with me for almost 40 days this year!), rlown, tehipitetom, giantbrookie, and maverick. I owe a small but important debt to troutdog59 that will become clear to all if I ever get around to my TRs for the past spring, summer and fall. Thru HST I was able to reconnect with gdurkee.

My thoughts are with Quentinc and his family. I marveled at his go for it attitude. Please, all of us should use this sad event to reflect on our philosophy of backcountry travel and communication. Most of us disdain the use of communication devices as a backup for when we are in trouble. However It is clear that given the availability of devices capable of either tracking or sending on demand ok messages that we have the ability to aid searchers who will search whether or not we wish them to do so. Unsuccessful and unresolved searches are incredibly stressful, not only on families but on the searchers. As a searcher you always worry that you might have missed something. I think we owe them a better chance to succeed, not for ourselves but for those who will be risking their lives to come to our aid.

I am also missing maverick. His sage commentary and beautiful photos will be missed on the forum though I will still be communicating with him on a regular basis.

This year brought wonderful adventures in four states and one Canadian province. Fish caught in 3 states and one Canadian Province, visits to about 50 backcountry lakes and fishing most of them. It also involved “dodging the bullet” by getting a coronary artery opened up before a heart attack occurred. In turn I was motivated to continue my exercise regime and improve my diet and hope soon to get off some of my prescriptions. I was able to spend 4 weeks volunteering my labor (actually playing with a chainsaw) at Holden Village in the North Cascades as well as spending almost every Saturday when at home working at Kathy’s Church (I would never join anything that would have me) cutting and splitting firewood or working in the community garden. Somehow I managed to spend at least 3 weeks with each of my grandchildren and the best blessing of all I have a wife that puts up with a 15 year old mind in a 65 year old body!

If the coming year is half as good as the past I will be lucky indeed.

Finally I am writing this the day following an incredible tragedy—the senseless killing of over 28 people. Maybe we all need to pay attention to our neighbors, friends, and acquaintances—maybe even a stranger. Maybe we need to reach out—either to help or for help.

May all of you be imbued with the Christmas Spirit and best wishes for an adventurous new year.

Mike
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Who can't do everything he used to and what he can do takes a hell of a lot longer!



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Re: Christmas Greeting

Postby Cross Country » Sat Dec 15, 2012 8:47 pm

Well-written and relevant. Thank you.
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Re: Christmas Greeting

Postby gary c. » Sat Dec 15, 2012 9:02 pm

Thank you Mike. I enjoy your posts, you have an excellent way of sharing your knowledge and opinions balanced by openmindedness and common sense.
"On this proud and beautiful mountain we have lived hours of fraternal, warm and exalting nobility. Here for a few days we have ceased to be slaves and have really been men. It is hard to return to servitude."
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Re: Christmas Greeting

Postby Maddog61 » Sat Dec 15, 2012 9:40 pm

Thank you Mike. Merry Christmas.

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Re: Christmas Greeting

Postby Jimr » Sat Dec 15, 2012 10:24 pm

Merry Christmas Mike.
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Re: Christmas Greeting

Postby The Other Tom » Sun Dec 16, 2012 6:11 am

Thanks Mike. Merry Christmas
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Re: Christmas Greeting

Postby LMBSGV » Sun Dec 16, 2012 10:05 pm

Thanks Mike. Merry Christmas and Happy (adventurous) New Year.
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Re: Christmas Greeting

Postby richlong8 » Mon Dec 17, 2012 4:14 pm

You not only bring a depth of knowlege, willingness to share to High Sierra Topix, but a good heart as well. Merry Christmas Mike.

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