Outdoor Adventures: Living The Dream

by Rebecca on November 30, 2009

in Outdoor Observations

I’ve been known to load up an SUV with bare essentials and fly solo for days on end (sometimes a week or more) adrift and 100% alone. I’ll grab fly fishing paraphernalia, a sleeping bag, a pillow, a few items of clothing, a single cooler for my diet coke addiction and food items if there’s any room left (priorities ya know). Ok, and I should mention because it’s my Fathers one essential requirement I take when I go on my trips, I also bring a gun. The big bad world has been warned~

Those stolen, or perhaps they are taken, times in my life are perfect for solitary decompression and quiet thought. My trips usually require a lot of drive time because busting out on my own and going 2 hours away from the house would seem……insignificant. I need distance and anything less than a 4 hour drive just doesn’t do it, not to forget here, fishing is always better the farther away one gets, cardinal rule.

Karl "Trout Whisperer" Seckinger

Karl "Trout Whisperer" Seckinger

I don’t mind the drive time. I usually listen to a book on tape, or crank up some good music, roll down my window and let life as I’m required to live it, far behind. I highly recommend such individual adventures. Time alone, and I mean, really alone….is good for the outdoor soul.

Today I find myself excited to put one more CD in my arsenal of drive time companionship. Recently I got the audio CD ”Outdoor Adventures” by Karl “Trout Whisperers” Seckinger.

Listening to this CD is like pulling up a lawn chair next to a campfire, kicking back and listening to a master storyteller mesmerize you with adventures from his life.

Karl’s adventures center around his time in the Superior National Forest. His stories have you fishing, hiking, hunting right along side him and his occasional companions. It’s definitely something I could listen to over and over……Check out this link for more information and an audio sample of what I’m writing about today…….Trout Whisperer CD “Outdoor Adventures” It’s the perfect mood setter when you’re driving to those far off destinations, or even when you’re stuck like a prisoner in your own home and need a mental escape ~

And on that note….I hope everyone takes time to venture out and find outdoor adventure on their own, alone and without influence of others . The gun is optional of course, except for me……



Olive, The Little Woolly Bugger

by Rebecca on November 12, 2009

in Fly Fishing



Recently I was able to help Author and Fly Fisherman, Kirk Werner of the Unaccomplished Angler do some technical adjustments on his blog. I’m sure I impressed him with my coding and teaching skills and in turn he made me proud by not turning his blog into an error-404 disaster zone. Once we achieved virtual success, Kirk emailed me one last time and it went down something, sorta (creative interpretation applies here) like this….

Kirk, “I’d like to compenstate you for such highly advanced coding skills!”
To which I replied, “Oh you don’t have to do that, but if you insist, the standard developers rate will do, about $15 zillion dollars.”
After a long email pause, Kirk offered, “Ummm, how about I send you a set of my children’s Fly Fishing Books instead.”
Trying to contain my excitement, I responded, “Even Better, we have a deal!”

((editors note: Ok, I’m both writer and editor, but that’s beside the point… Truth is, I didn’t expect anything in return for helping out, at all, but Kirk surprised me by sending along his books ~ Kirk has a humorous point of view about the fly fishing world and I highly recommend checking out his newly improved blog.))

~Tightlines and Fun~

~Tightlines and Fun~

So that’s how I got my hands on a fantastic set of books about Olive The Little Woolly Bugger. (Tech skillz and negotiation tactics!)

 My daughter Kaitlyn and I read all three books and we both fell in love with little Olive and her adventures.

I really loved how Kirk wove together a delightful story about a little woolly bugger and real fly fishing lingo into each and every page. As a parent, it’s an easy way to introduce fly fishing into a child’s world that is both fun, entertaining and teaching at the same time.  

The illustrations are wonderful and each book tells a new story about Olive. I can’t recommend these books enough to parents that would like one more way to show their young ones the joy of fly fishing. Christmas is coming and I have no doubt Santa would approve as well. Treat your little one to a new adventure and bring Olive the woolly bugger, Andy the Adams, Ernie the Elk Hair Caddis and many more delightful characters into your home~


Olive2_bigLink ~Olives Website : “Now those who love the sport of fly-fishing can share it with the children in their lives through these wonderful children’s books about fly-fishing. An astute angler knows that presentation is everything, and now children will get hooked on fly-fishing with the help of Olive the Woolly Bugger and a colorful cast of characters. From earning a coveted spot in The Fly Box to catching a wild trout in The Big Stream, Olive discovers that everyone has a special purpose in life. Featuring eye-catching illustrations, delightful dialogue and kid-friendly facts, Olive the Woolly Bugger will make a big splash with fly-fishing fans everywhere. These books are keepers, and are the perfect gifts for the young angler, or the angler who is young at heart!”