Category Archives: On the Trail & at the Camp

Rawhide on My Backside


As I write this, my butt is blistered, literally. That stinging punishment my parents and teachers always threatened has now been delivered some 40 years later. Only it wasn’t misbehavior that brought on the pain, — it was my own choice. In fact, I paid for the privilege.

When the Heat is Off

Ford truck

Anyone who has seen or ridden in my truck knows that I’m not overly concerned with aesthetics. No one would describe me as “meticulous” about the condition of my vehicle. Ambivalent and neglectful would be much more accurate, although I do try to stay on top of the go/no-go items.

The Problems with a “Cat Snake”

Cat Snake

I have no idea whether or not it’s genuine, but there’s an ad that made the Best of Craig’s List with the headline, “Found! Cat Snake?” Accompanying the ad is a picture of a ferret and a plea that is as funny as it is desperate: “Found (assuming) pet. Some sort of cat snake? Long and nimble but with dryish fur and cat teeth. Seems to like cat food, but isn’t a cat. Please come take this off my hands it smells weird.”

Learning to Love Duck


I’ve written before about my tenuous relationship with duck. I’ve always enjoyed hunting them and never really minded cleaning them, but no matter how I cook them, they always ended up tasting like liver. PS – I don’t like liver. I tried dozens of different recipes over the years, but nothing could get me past that obnoxious taste.

A Buck in the Hand

Bill's Deer

I’ve never been a trophy whitetail hunter. The antlers I’ve collected over the years are mostly small or oddly shaped and I’ve never taken one to a taxidermist. In fact, the only one I actually mounted (33 years later) is the very first one I killed when I was 14.

And then a book happened . . .

cover shot 2

I never really set out to write a book. However, on November 11, Life Along the Apalachicola River is scheduled to hit the shelves. You can actually pre-order it now from Barnes & Noble and Amazon, although I think it’s best to buy from local stores if they carry it. You may also buy direct from me for $15 + $4.99 shipping using the PayPal button below:

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 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


“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


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.

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