It’s Thanksgiving Week and I’ve got tons of things to be thankful for. My family and I are very Blessed. I give thanks for that every day. I’ve also got quite a list of things I’m thankful for – present and past – when it comes to the outdoors. I’m sure you do too. The next four days, I’m going to share some of them, in no particular order. And it’s not everything, for sure. I hope you enjoy! You’ll probably recognize many of them. Some I felt the need to put a short explanation behind. Others, you just figure it out. I’d love to hear comments from you on some of the things you are most thankful for in the outdoors! Just click the comment button below one of the next four days…
* Black Grape Jelly Wagglers * A mom & dad who fished * Living on the lake * Trolling motors (you ever paddle a boat very far?) * Aunt Lucy’s Pond (even the day cousin Paul cut the topwater plug out of my forehead with his squirrel skinnin’ knife) * A wife, a son and a daughter who love, appreciate and enjoy the majesty and resources of the outdoors * Fishing and hunting trips with them over the years * Graphite rods * The BASS Master Classic * Catching bream off the boat dock * Coleman stoves * Good fishing buddies * Good hunting buddies * Mickey Mouse and Cinderella fishing rods for grandkids.
* The Ranger Model 155A (my first bass boat in 1974, purchased at Howard Griffin’s Marine) * Howard Griffin’s Marine (and Land O’ Toys, of course) * Thinsulate * At least 96 different colors of Rat-L-Traps * Bussey Brake – the old one and looking ahead, the “new” one coming * Fishing with Roland Martin * Bream colored Balsa B’s * Four-stroke outboards * Terry camping trailers * Camping trips with DiAnne, Adam & Julie * Terry bass boats * The Evinrude “Lightwin” (3-horse outboard) * Daily fishing lies on the Sumos e-mail chain (Sumos = big and tall old men who used to work together at paper mills) * Concrete boat ramps * D’Arbonne State Park * Depth finders.
The Visitor’s Center at Black Bayou Wildlife Refuge * George (friend, fishing foe, counselor) * Little George * Bowhunting (I’m thankful I never tried it) * Four-wheelers * Six wheelers * Three wheelers (before government decided they weren’t safe for us) * The Second Amendment * Dad’s old WP Wonder (single barrel 20 gauge) * Uncle Bill’s squirrel dogs * Uncle Virgil’s rod and reel (he won it in a bowling tournament; I caught my first bass on it) * Corney Creek * Calm days on the lake * Windy days in the duck blind * Whole fried bream * Catching a 15-pound brown trout on the White River * Hunting on the old Haddox homeplace.
As always, since it’s Sunday, we’ll share a Bible verse: “Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.” – Psalm 100
More tomorrow. . .