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Will Maines


Trails & Tales


Will Maines is a native of the North Woods and an avid outdoorsman.
He can be reached at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Finding beauty in a March day

IF PUT TO a vote, March would probably come out one of the least favorite months of the year, especially here in our north Wisconsin country.
We in this part of the north country may not have to worry about someone literally sticking a knife into us on that infamous March date when Caesar got his, but we often are figuratively stabbed by another famous figure in history, namely Mother Nature.

Tuesday, March 08, 2011 2:54 PM
 
The other side of the trail

It’s a little different looking at life from the other side of the trail.
That’s what I found out last Saturday as I spent over six hours “doing” the American Birkebeiner, not as a skier which I have done 17 times, but as a spectator along the trail cheering and supporting the usual cast of characters with whom my wife and I annually share a Birkie adventure.

Tuesday, March 01, 2011 2:31 PM
 
The old man and the trout

THE FIRST squadrons of mosquitoes were revving up their engines for a twilight strafing mission when the Old Man pulled his battered pickup truck into the grassy clearing overlooking the east branch of the Ontonagon River.
It had been a short day of chores with grass left to mow and a garden left to tend, as early on the old man decided an evening rise on his favorite trout stream was more important than a

Tuesday, February 22, 2011 3:02 PM
 
'Chefs on Ice' sure to be a hit

I AM ONE of those people who wish that someone somewhere would drop 200,000 tons of dynamite on the head of anyone connected with dreaming up a “reality” show.
They are inane, insulting to one’s intelligence, a waste of time to watch and most of all, anything but “real.”
As I flip through the 8,241 channels provided by my satellite TV service, I wonder at the

Tuesday, February 15, 2011 1:53 PM
 
A secret worthy of Wisteria Lane

WOULD YOU believe me if I told you that last Sunday night when a certain little shindig was being played out in Texas, that I watched something else on my TV?
Would you believe I watched a show on another network featuring a bunch of women living on some lane named Wisteria where life is always complicated?
Well, if you believe that, you’ve either been drinking some funny Kool Aid or smoking something

Tuesday, February 08, 2011 3:02 PM
 
No wonder my wife loves me

Every once in a while I wonder why my wife loves me so much. Most people I know wonder about that all the time.
I can state with almost certainty that it surely must be because of all the things I give to her, all the things I do for her and all the wonderful places to which I take her.
As an example, one of the many gifts I gave to her immediately comes to mind, that being the

Tuesday, February 01, 2011 2:03 PM
 
Tracks in snow tell the story

WHEN THE FINAL flake of snow has fallen and the final zero temperature recorded this winter, I don’t know how the experts will rate it for severity, but I do know that, so far, the wild critters that must live with whatever winter throws at them are doing just fine.
I cross-country ski a lot, as most of you know, and so far this winter, the evidence in the snow is there to read. Everywhere I ski, there are animal tracks, everything from field mice to deer and

Tuesday, January 25, 2011 2:05 PM
 
Time to bring on the Bears

IT APPEARS the moon, stars and planets have aligned to bring about an event of monumental proportions, an event destined to shake fundamental values of decency to their very cores, an event which will strike at the very heart of families and best friends.
It is the match made in heaven — or hell — the match everyone craved for and now, for better or worse, has in hand.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011 2:37 PM
 
Baby, it's cold out there

I don’t know about you, but the older I get the less I like cold winter weather.
I would be the last person to exaggerate about the “old days,” but let it be said that when I was a kid I never minded walking 12 miles uphill to school every day no matter how cold, and the 12-mile walk home — also uphill — was no problem either.
Add to that rags wrapped around shoes with soles dangling and toes with holes in them because

Tuesday, January 11, 2011 2:28 PM
 
Let a campfire glow in the night

There is something about a campfire that makes a person feel good.
Campfires are warm, friendly and comforting. They are usually built in a place that lends itself to watching a night sky full of stars, a place where a person can ease back against a tree trunk and listen to crickets, loons, bullfrogs and all the other sounds of the night that are so pleasing to the senses.

Tuesday, January 04, 2011 1:52 PM
 
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