Sunday, April 22, 2018

Brother Boges

Our brother Boges

We said goodbye to Boges three weeks ago. He was pushing 14 years and had developed kidney disease and bladder cancer.

I learned about a month after adopting him that he "wasn't great" with other dogs. He tore into a friends' dog and they became ARCH nemeses, and I learned that I couldn't trust him with many other dogs. So I had a decision to make: Do I want to keep this dog who is going to have to be separate from other dogs in a dog-crazy part of the world?


We'd shared our first heart to heart and became forever partners.

That was not his final incident; he bit seven people in total.

One, a former co-worker, was later convicted of possessing child pornography and sent to federal prison which made Boges something of a hero. Others he bit were strangers, and others were very nice people so I can't say he had a nose for bad people, but maybe once he did. He never broke skin.

He once completely unzipped a muskrat on the East Gallatin River, while on a six-foot leash attached to my arm. With two vigorous head shakes, this poor skrat was completely and impressively disemboweled. My eyes got big, and we slowly stepped back and went home. He was an impressive predator at times.

In 13 years, he killed 13 snakes. He would sniff them out, sometimes literally from underground, shake them, swing them, and toss them until they were good and dead.

Infinitely loving and loved, we will miss you forever.

Day 1 together
Day 2
With mom in Yellowstone, the day he pooped in the car
His first camping trip, at Hyalite

In Duluth

In Duluth, 10 years later.

Pooped in the "Bison"

At Red Rock Creek

In the Pioneers

In the Wind River Canyon

On an eastern Montana pond

Always photobombing

In Wyoming
On the upper Upper Green

In the Wind River Range

On the Kootenai
Oop, oop! (He had a "particular fondness" for the ever-gracious Tim Linehan)

Up Beaver Creek

On the Braid

In upstate New York
Never got skunked, but got quilled. On the Beaverhead.

The rare new friend. A random dog we met on a walk.


Going trick or treating.

At work.

At Willow Creek.

On the Bitterroot

At Red Rock Lakes NWR

Up Bear Trap Canyon

At the Kitchen Sink

Family photo on the Bitterroot 
Family photo on the Bitterroot, II.

Steelheading in Idaho

Wading the Lower Madison

"Ghosting" at the East Fork Cabin 

Getting comfortable at Hebgen

Staying afloat.
Up the Dearborn

On Lake Superior

Investigating UFOs

On Fort Peck
Up the West Fork. 
Going for a ride

At Goblin Valley

Pooped after a float

On the Marias

With Shep. Even more so now. 

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Duckworth Vapor Hoody

I don't care for sunscreen or bug spray, so I like long sleeves even in summer. But sleeves are too warm for many high-summer high-noon high-elevation days. So this summer, I tried out a breathable long-sleeved shirt: Duckworth's Vapor Hoody.

It's a paper-thin wool-blend hooded top that fits and feels like a cotton tee, but is wicking and breathable. The breeze virtually blows right through, but sun and bugs are kept out. It dries quickly and does not stink - you can wear it day after day after day. Which I did.

Duckworth is a Bozeman-based Merino wool clothing company whose wool comes exclusively from a ranch near Dillon, Montana (some backstory). These sheep live in the Pioneer Mountains (I assume it's the 'Neers) all summer long, so their product is grown to be perfectly suited for folks like me who spend time in the mountains.

Or those who spend a lot of time in boats. 
To follow along with their wool operations, like Duckworth on Facebook. They often post about moving the sheep up into the mountains for summer, bringing them back down, the guard dogs, etc. It's fun.

The Vapor Hoody is ideal for camping, backpacking, or traveling because it's comfortable, suitable for various weathers and packable (along with keeping the sun and bugs off and not getting smelly). It replaced three or four shirts for me. Cool evenings might require an additional layer, but it's thin enough that wearing a sweatshirt or jacket over it is perfectly comfortable.

It works well as a layer. 
I wore it in the humidity of Minnesota's July and the dry smoky sun of Montana in August. In either case, when a cool breeze kicked in, I felt the relief on my skin.

There are plenty of options out there, but Duckworth's Vapor Hoody is my choice for an ideal summer fishing shirt.