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Spindle

A Peek at Pioneer Life

Just a week after my unsuccessful Bigfoot hunt, Mary and I went over to Blountstown for Goat Day last Saturday. The festival itself was a lot of fun, especially seeing all the More »

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Hunting Bigfoot Spoiler: We Didn’t Find Him

“Let me be the first to congratulate you on a Sasquatch hunt that I’m certain will be every bit as successful as any funded by National Geographic. While you’re there, keep an More »

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“Glamping” Misses the Point

A few years ago, my father-in-law suggested the whole family take a vacation. He wanted to do something original and started soliciting ideas for something out of the ordinary, something other than More »

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Another River Rant

I don’t do politics any more. I spent a long time working in the political arena and I look back on it like a bad habit that I quit successfully. Now that More »

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Rails and Moorhens: Hunting Season is Already Here

It’s amazing what you learn when you take the time to read. Mary used to tell me that a lot when I was putting together kids’ toys, furniture and things that included More »

A Peek at Pioneer Life

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Just a week after my unsuccessful Bigfoot hunt, Mary and I went over to Blountstown for Goat Day last Saturday. The festival itself was a lot of fun, especially seeing all the different crafts and activities. For the record, I consider it a personal victory that we didn’t come home with a baby goat after Mary saw one on a leash, wearing a pink collar.

Hunting Bigfoot Spoiler: We Didn’t Find Him

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“Let me be the first to congratulate you on a Sasquatch hunt that I’m certain will be every bit as successful as any funded by National Geographic. While you’re there, keep an eye out for Jimmy Hoffa, the Lost Dutchman’s mine, Manti Te’o’s girlfriend and the Holy Grail.”Text from Bill McClellan on Friday, October 10.

“Glamping” Misses the Point

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A few years ago, my father-in-law suggested the whole family take a vacation. He wanted to do something original and started soliciting ideas for something out of the ordinary, something other than a standard tourist trap. My sister-in-law, Leslie, came up with a plan that would involve a beautiful, rugged landscape with plenty of outdoor activities for kids and adults alike.

Another River Rant

Courtesy of State Archives of Florida

I don’t do politics any more. I spent a long time working in the political arena and I look back on it like a bad habit that I quit successfully. Now that I’m not being paid to promote or oppose issues, the only ones I spend any time thinking about are the ones that are close to home, and especially ones that affect the Apalachicola River.

Rails and Moorhens: Hunting Season is Already Here

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It’s amazing what you learn when you take the time to read. Mary used to tell me that a lot when I was putting together kids’ toys, furniture and things that included those dreaded words, “Some assembly required.” But it comes in handy in other areas of life as well.

A Cool Breeze and Some Hunting, Please

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I’m not complaining. Really, I’m not. This has been a wonderful summer. I’ve caught plenty of fish, the frogs were out in force and most of the time it wasn’t as blistering hot as it could have been.

Tastes (Nothing) Like Chicken

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My father-in-law was complaining about raccoons recently and debating the best way to keep them out of his garbage cans. From what I gather, he doesn’t mind them visiting his yard or scrounging for food. His biggest complaint is that they don’t clean up after themselves.

The Problem with Boats

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I love boats. Big boats, small boats, fast boats, slow boats and even things like kayaks and sailboats that aren’t really boats at all. (Sailboats are just really big kites without the string and kayaks are basically bobsleds for those of us who live where there’s no snow.)

Taking a Hero on a Gator Hunt

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By Lane Stephens

On Friday, July 11, I had the opportunity to meet and spend time with a true American hero – Army Staff Sergeant Ty Carter. My time with Ty was relaxing, exhilarating, and in the end, just a whole lot of fun, as I took him with me on a nuisance alligator hunt on Lake Talquin, near Quincy, Florida.

Pushing Limits at the Dead Lakes

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The following story comes with some important caveats: It was told to me a long time ago; it happened a long time before that; and the people who were there are no longer with us here.

Come to think of it, those caveats apply to a lot of my stories.

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