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The Adventure of the Word
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The Adventure of the Word

I do a type of fish painting called Gyotaku, which translates to “fish rubbing”. In order to have something to paint, I have to go catch it (and I love that part). Last month, I set out on my friends boat to sine serious off-shore fishing grounds – George Banks in the North Atlantic. We set our way point 172 nautical miles east of Cape Cod, right along the Hague line between US and Canadian fishing water.

John Doherty | MK Ambassador

Everything is big out there – the birds, the cod, the skate, and most importantly (for us), the Blue Fin Tuna. We spent three days and two nights on our 36′ fishing vessel. The weather was wet, dark, and foggy, but relatively calm. After about 24 hours we hooked a Giant Blue Fin (measuring more than 73″)! It was hooked on a live cod fish as the bait. We fought the fish on rod and reel for about an hour and a half. At one point early on, I gained line with extreme effort for about twenty minutes – only to feel the fish run it back out in four seconds! The battle was on.

AKC Trailing Test Training
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AKC Trailing Test Training

My 2-year-old Rhodesian Ridgeback was just a week or two from being ready for our first AKC trailing test, but the last tests of the fall season were only a few days away. I tried to rush his training, having him track every day, and increasing the difficulty of each track. I allowed him no time to really learn new challenges that I was presenting him.

MK Ambassador | Tim Wallace

After a few days of this, we headed up to a friend’s ranch for a certification track. You have to be certified by an AKC trailing judge before you are allowed to enter a trial. I was confident in Tucker’s abilities; he had worked hard for me, and I was sure he understood the accelerated training. Tucker was excited; he loves scent work.

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The Snowy River Flows for the First Time in 30 Years

Thankfully the Snowy River has been allowed to run for the first time in 30 years as the dam opened its gates flushing 5000 CUMEC down the gorge. We made the trip to Jindabyne and encountered dam employees attempting to prevent the crew from entering the water. Downstream of the dam we found a classic run and hopefully we don’t have to wait another 30 years to paddle it again.

A more in depth story of the adventure will be in Outer Edge Mag.

Check out the video from the trip.
http://vimeo.com/31060346

Changes a coming!
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Changes a coming!

Cory Routh | MK Ambassador

Seems like in the past Summer made a gradual change to Fall. But now a days it seems the season goes from hot to cold in a few days time. Call it “Climate Change” or whatever. It just comes at a busy time when I have to go from kayak fishing to duck hunting. I used to have time between the two now it seem that I am prepping duck blinds and boats in between Spotted Trout and Striped Bass trips. Anyway I still love it and its nice to have my MK granite creek convertables on for these abrupt climate changes. They are are as versatile as it gets, from  driving the boat and even under waders they fit the bill for everything I do!

Fall Hiking in Oregon
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Fall Hiking in Oregon

Janet Peterson | MK Ambassador

Fall brings a dramatic color transformation to the Columbia Gorge on the Washington – Oregon border. The Gorge is one of my favorite hiking destinations- particularly if I am short on time, looking for a good workout and need to get my wilderness fix. Today, the trail was wet after a recent rain and the weather was fine (interpret as not raining) by Oregon standards. This time of year is notorious for people underestimating the weather and being under prepared. Fall hikers need to prepare for sudden weather changes, slippery trails and colder temperatures. Always pack enough water and food (for the pooches as well), rain gear, an insulation layer, hat, gloves and your 10 essentials. Yup- you should pack this gear even for a short day hike so that you are prepared for anything. My MK Granit Creek pants and MK hat were perfect for Jazzy and I to explore the colors along the Columbia Gorge on a fine Oregon fall day.