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Will Maines


Trails & Tales


Will Maines is a native of the North Woods and an avid outdoorsman.
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Amen and pass the whiskey
By Will Maines

I AM NOT one given to complaining, but dadgum it, it is cold outside. Maybe it’s just because I’m getting older, but it seems like 10 below is the equivalent of 35 below when I was a teenager. Whatever the case, I’m liking this below zero stuff less and less each winter.

That said, I continue to get outside doing the things I’ve always done, just with a little more complaining to go with it.

Last weekend was a nice reprieve, and I took advantage of it to get in a long ski on Saturday, about a half-Birkie, which is really good for me at this stage of winter.

This week may be a different story, at least until Saturday when things are supposed to warm up a little.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013 9:49 AM
 
Basketball and gravy don’t mix
By Will Maines

THE DAY IS once again upon us when kids around the world will tear into brightly wrapped packages to get at the toys Santa has delivered to them for Christmas.

Very soon after all those toys are opened, if history is a guide, the kids that receive them will begin to do the darndest things with them.

I was a kid during a time in north Wisconsin when many families, including mine, were lucky to have two nickels to rub together, but still I could always count on a toy and a few other presents at Christmas.

The things I would always find under the Christmas tree

Monday, December 23, 2013 11:56 AM
 
Just a little bit disoriented
By Will Maines

HAVING SPENT ALL my life wandering the woods of north Wisconsin, I have, as you might expect, sometimes found myself a little bit disoriented on an outdoor expedition.

It is one thing to walk through a favorite chunk of woods on a sunny October afternoon when every knoll, every valley and every ridgeline is as familiar as the back of your hand, and quite another to plod across that same terrain when heavy snow and dark, gray clouds make it look like a featureless crater of the moon.

Last Saturday as I skied through a snow-laden pine thicket I thought of a Christmas Day

Tuesday, December 17, 2013 12:59 PM
 
Thank goodness winter is early
By Will Maines

IT’S FUNNY HOW this snow and cold thing works.

For the past several years when the first snows and days of below zero weather hit north Wisconsin, I start thinking I dislike both of those conditions more and more.

Generally I start thinking that I’m getting too darned old to put up with shoveling and shivering for six months every winter, but then when it does snow I put on my skis and remember why it is I still like winter.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013 12:33 PM
 
One season ends, another begins
By Will Maines

I HAVE A saying that whenever a season ends, another begins, which is pretty close to another saying that whenever one door closes, another opens up.

Sunday marked the last day of Wisconsin’s gun deer season, and the last two hours of the afternoon found me being a part of the finale.

But already the previous day I had found myself beginning a new season as for the first time this year I climbed into a groomer and packed the Razorback Ridges trails for cross-country skiing.

Even as the opening day of deer season came with high hopes,

Tuesday, December 03, 2013 11:06 AM
 
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