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#firstdayoffall#fall#mk#giveaway#shoppingspree#getinourpants#lifeuntucked#workhardplayharder#mklivin 📷: @drewstoecklein
Packing started for some exciting trips coming up. Can't wait to catch up with my friend @coloradobackcountryadventures for some work with @geoffshirleyphotographer and @merrell in Buena Vista next week (and of course some fishing). And then really excited to travel to Bozeman (Ennis actually) for 5 days of fishing the Upper Madison for fall Browns with my oldest son @kyle_allen7 and @drdalrymple0220 and his son (plus some other buddies I'm sure) from @montanastateuniversity #mountains#hiking#camping#flyfishing#browntrout#catchandrelease#choosemountains#outside_project#ventureout
What a fun day. @kyle_allen7 got to meet two of the coolest Michigan boys that are also going to @montanastateuniversity this fall and do some fishing together. Did I mention they can all fish the lights out? These boys have an incredible 4 years in front of them. Dads (in the chase boat) had a pretty good time too. Thanks for a great day Mike, Dave, Nick and Collin. See you soon in Bozeman. #flyfishing#smallmouthbass#muskegon#river#catchandrelease Photo: @drdalrymple0220
When I was younger, my thoughts were to the future, to what’s next. As I get older, more often than not, my thoughts turn towards the past; the memories of days gone by. What I’ve never been great at is being in the moment. Being present in what’s in front of me right now. Other than those times in the wild, away from distractions. Away from the self-inflicted slavery of technology. Away from the to-do list. Away, for the moment, of the seemingly pressing planning and noise and busyness of life.
I’ve been fortunate to have shared these quiet moments with those I love. I’ve been fortunate to have access to relatively untouched places that make these moments possible. It’s a good reminder to savor every single one. To stop, or at the very least, slow down.
To take in a deep breath of the summer air. The rich fragrance of the leaves. The mud. The wildflowers. The nostalgic scent that can only come from an old outboard or bacon cooking outdoors.
To look closely at what’s around you. The morning mist burning off the placid lake at sunrise. The fireflies dancing in the star-filled sky. Look again. The moose tucked just into the brush, that on busier days you would have missed. That content smile on your loved one’s face.
Run your fingers through the cool water. Feel the heat from the campfire on your skin. The rough bark of the logs and the smooth handle of the axe.
Savor that venison cooked just enough over the fire. That quick bite on the tongue of your favorite drink. The rich complexity of the dark chocolate that you finally remembered to pack. The morning coffee that welcomes in a new day of adventure.
Listen, really listen, to the sounds. The zing of your fishing line through the eyelets of your rod. The pop and crackle of the campfire. The distant call of the loon and the answer. The crickets. The tree frogs. The quiet wind as it brushes gently through the trees. The words of those that you share this time with.
Fill your senses. Savor it. For this moment, like all moments, is special and will never come again. It is fleeting. Temporary. It lives again only in the stories of older men shared around a campfire in the wild.
#TBT I'll admit it, I get restless, anxious actually, when I don't have travel plans on the books.
Writing my story on the Sawtooths' backpacking and fly fishing trip with my buddy @maxboydness for @backcountryhunters Backcountry Journal reminded me how much I need mountains, fresh air and the feel of a pack on my shoulders. Luckily I have a few trips in the works to ease the anxiety, including one to Bozeman when I drop my oldest son @kyle_allen7 off to start his college career. Crazy how time flies.
So, note to self. Look forward but don't rush and always find a reason to enjoy the moment you are in. ✌🏼#backpacking#flyfishing#hiking#camping#sawtoothmountains#idaho#mklivin#mountainkhakis
"Some paintings become famous because, being durable, they are viewed by successive generations, in each of which are likely to be found a few appreciative eyes.
I know a painting so evanescent that it is seldom viewed at all, except by some wandering deer. It is a river who wields the brush, and it is the same river who, before I can bring my friends to view his work, erases it forever from human view. After that it exists only in my mind's eye.
Like other artists, my river is temperamental; there is no predicting when the mood to paint will come upon him, or how long it will last. But in midsummer, when the great white fleets cruise the sky for day after flawless day, it is worth strolling down to the sandbars just to see whether he has been at work." - Aldo Leopold. #oldwomanbay#ontario#canada#flyfishing#lakesuperior#lakesuperiorprovincialpark#camping#leopold