My wife Linna organized a fall color trip to the Great Smoky Mountains in the state of Tennessee.
This was my first trip to the beautiful country of Greece.
I was lucky to be asked to come along on a 5 day fishing trip up in Ontario, Canada at Press Lake.
Press Lake Camp www.presslake.on.ca is the only resort on this pristine lake of 73 miles round. It’s filled with tasty Walleye, aggressive Northern Pikes and good size Smallmouths. You will have the lake to yourself most of the time, you hardly see other fishing boats. The resort is owned by a super nice guy (Ryan Nicholas) that will make sure you know where the fish are and how to fish for them.
Most of the days we caught our limit of Walleye and threw back a bunch of Northern Pike.
Eagle looking for a floating fish
This is Linna’s first trip to Alaska and our adventure started in Anchorage.
For my 61st birthday I decided to hike up Camp Muir. It was also a way to test out my new right knee replacement that happened on March 1st.
I asked a bunch of people to celebrate my birthday hike with me, but only Tao Song, Craig Schilling and Mike Curry took the challenge. We arrived at Paradise parking lot around 6:30 a.m. with only about twenty cars in the parking lot. We started up the trail around 6:45 a.m. and stopped after we crossed Icicle Creek…pretty much where the snow started. We had a snack and put on our traction devices before trudging on.
Tao lead the way to Camp Muir making sure she maintained a lead of 100 yards from of us tired boys. I have done this hike about 10 times now and it never gets easier. We all know what the last mile feels like…pure hell. At least we had beautiful clear sky and a warm sun beating down on us, no jacket required on top…just a dry shirt.
On the way down we made sure to hit every snow shoot there was. I brought a heavy duty garbage bag and it worked well for glissading. After descending and a change of clothes we stopped in Ashford for pizza and beer.
Rick Freeman & Mike Curry Glissading
Linna bought Chloe Wei and little ole me a tandem paragliding flight with our friend Yun Ling for our birthdays. Yun Ling has probably paraglided over 1,000 times in his four years of experience, so I felt completely safe.
Six of us brave souls hiked up Bandera Mountain to see the sunrise. We woke up at 1:15 a.m. and left the house at 2:00 a.m. to meet up with Craig Schilling, Tao Song, Xiao Wen and Xiuyun at the trailhead at 3:00 p.m.
My wife Linna decided to book a trip to Colombia last minute for some warm weather.
Linna and I were invited over to Lopez Island for some weekend fun at the cabin of Eric and Emelie Espling’s.
A group of six of us decided to get some fresh air and head to Yellowstone for some freedom of the Covid-19 virus.