September 2010

Meaningful Fishing

by Steve Brock on September 28, 2010

Connor fishing on a river

Fishing provides a wonderful excuse to be on this river north of McCall, Idaho which retains its beauty despite a fire that devastated the area ten years previously.

You may suspect from the last several entries that fishing is a significant interest of mine.

Yes and no.

Yes because I love to go fishing. No because I do it so rarely. [click to continue…]

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The Deeper Meaning in Meaningful Travel

by Steve Brock on September 23, 2010

Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water…

Not your aquarium variety of fish, but halibut have their own unique appeal.

Besides the previous story regarding eagle talons, here’s my second Alaska fishing story, this time about halibut. If you’ve ever seen a halibut, you know they are flat, like a football run over by a steamroller (see the drawing at right). They can also get extremely large, some growing to over four hundred pounds (let’s see an eagle tackle one of those!). And because of their body configuration and the daily workouts they get floundering (sorry, a little fish humor here) and undulating on the seabed, they can be extremely strong.

Apparently, on more than one occasion, fishermen have ventured out on their own in the cold Alaska waters. They would then hook into one of these large halibut and somehow manage to wrestle the massive fish into their small boats. But because of their size, strength and shape, the halibut would flip around on the deck and have been known to actually knock out, break the bones of or even kill the fishermen by smashing them into the side of the boat. [click to continue…]

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My last entry regarding my friend’s trip to Alaska and the power of treating our trips as an act of faith reminds me of two stories I heard when I was in Alaska several years ago. I’ll tell you the first one here and save the other for my next entry.

Bald eagle locking onto a fish. Note the appropriate ratio in size between the eagle and the fish...

The first deals with salmon and eagles, not necessarily in that order. Apparently – this was a story I heard, mind you – when a bald eagle swoops down over a body of water and latches onto an unsuspecting fish, the eagle’s talons lock into a grip on their prey that cannot be released until there is some countervailing pressure on the item they’re carrying or on the talon itself. This usually occurs when the bird lands and then relaxes as it eats its catch. But if it can’t offset the pressure that causes the talon to grip tight, the eagle cannot let go. [click to continue…]

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Meaningful travel basics: Travel as an act of faith – Part 1

by Steve Brock September 16, 2010

Travel is many things to many people, but have you ever thought of it as an act of faith? Doing so can completely change the way you travel.

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Wonder may be closer than you think

by Steve Brock September 13, 2010

When you visit a place, even one that on the surface seems familiar, but you look at it with new eyes, you can discover all sorts of hidden wonders.

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Serendipity and Skimboarding

by Steve Brock September 10, 2010

A trip with my sons to go skimboarding turns out to have nothing – and yet everything – to do with skimboarding. Sometimes we find what matters most when we’re looking for something else.

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The Basics of Meaningful Travel: Self-Reference Criteria

by Steve Brock September 8, 2010

The first in a series of Basics of Meaningful Travel, this entry looks at “self-reference criteria” and our tendency to view everything on a trip from our own perspective. But traveling meaningfully means being open to other perspectives that may seem quite different…and are. But that’s why we travel.

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