I had the honor of serving as one of six delegates representing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Alaska Region, at the second annual Changbai Mountain International Ecological Forum last month in Jilin Province, northeast China.
A friend recently told me that he might sell his boat next year. He was doing so, he explained, so he would no longer have to do all the trailering, the launching, the maintenance and the worrying about it.
For the past few weeks, dainty pink or white butterflies have been hovering above the bare soil in some of my clay flowerpots. They're not really butterflies, actually: They are cyclamen blossoms held aloft on thin flower stalks.
As I traverse through my daily mountains of permits, paper work, and visitor requests, there is never doubt in my mind that my days in the office at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge will always be an adventure.
You rarely find "fishing buddy" listed as a necessity in a how-to article about fishing, but a buddy is every bit as necessary as tackle or technique.
Recalling all the times when patience and persistence paid off for me, a buddy was there every time.