Gone Fishin’

A man can’t be a man unless, at least every now and then, he’s allowed to be a man. You follow?

Lovie does. That’s why she grants me the occasional hall pass to get out into the woods where I can scrub myself free of worldly worries long enough to eat dinner by an open fire to the soundtrack of running water and crackling wood.

This weekend, two friends and I went on a backpacking trip to do some fishing, ultimately ending up a little over six miles in, camping alongside a pristine mountain stream. Since we were above 3,000 feet, we were able to catch some brookies (of the southern Appalachian variety). These small, beautiful fish live in water which roars over boulders and carves its way through the valley, down the rolling foothills of the Smokey Mountains, reluctantly providing anglers tiny pockets of opportunity to snag these native delights. Hours seem like minutes as they, like many of the coveted fish, swim right by and turn into the past, one five-second drift at a time.

My friend did an excellent job documenting our trip, right up to the meal we gorged on once we finally got out of the woods. Click to check out his slide show. Oh. One warning…there are some random pics of bear-shit that my buddy decided to include. May need to talk to him about that…

Related Posts with Thumbnails
About john cave osborne

John Cave Osborne is a writer whose work has appeared on such sites as DisneyBaby, Babble, YahooShine, TLC and the Huffington Post. He was also referenced by Jezebel one time, but he’s pretty sure they were making fun of him. He and his wife, Caroline, live with their five children and spastic dog in Knoxville, TN. Nothing annoys him more than joke-heavy bios written in the third person, with the possible exception of Corey Feldman.

  • http://www.almightydad.com Keith Wilcox

    Ok. I was all into it until someone decided to include a picture of a giant turd! :-) WHA!? Other than that it was really green and pretty. Glad you had a good time.

  • http://www.almightydad.com Keith Wilcox

    Ok. I was all into it until someone decided to include a picture of a giant turd! :-) WHA!? Other than that it was really green and pretty. Glad you had a good time.

  • http://wwwjackbenimble.blogspot.com Jack

    Sounds like quite the good time.

  • http://wwwjackbenimble.blogspot.com Jack

    Sounds like quite the good time.

  • http://surprisedmom.blogspot.com SurprisedMom

    The scenery was beautiful, except of course for the bear turd. It really wasn’t necessary for the slide show, really. I hope you guys had a good time and enjoyed that great looking meal at the end. :)

  • http://surprisedmom.blogspot.com SurprisedMom

    The scenery was beautiful, except of course for the bear turd. It really wasn’t necessary for the slide show, really. I hope you guys had a good time and enjoyed that great looking meal at the end. :)

  • http://louispartyof5.blogspot.com Kim L

    OK, so that bear poop looks a little too fresh for me to want to take the time to take a picture of it! I think I’d be packing up my crap and getting the he** out of there! But that is just me. I’m a chicken-you-know-what.
    See you at KMC Tue evening.

    • http://www.johncaveosborne.com johncaveosborne

      i’m so looking fwd to it! see you tomorrow!

  • http://louispartyof5.blogspot.com Kim L

    OK, so that bear poop looks a little too fresh for me to want to take the time to take a picture of it! I think I’d be packing up my crap and getting the he** out of there! But that is just me. I’m a chicken-you-know-what.
    See you at KMC Tue evening.

    • http://www.johncaveosborne.com johncaveosborne

      i’m so looking fwd to it! see you tomorrow!

  • http://worldofweasels.blogspot.com WeaselMomma

    Was the slideshow to prove to your wives that you were indeed camping and fishing and lot in Las Vegas?

  • http://worldofweasels.blogspot.com WeaselMomma

    Was the slideshow to prove to your wives that you were indeed camping and fishing and lot in Las Vegas?

  • Nicki

    Wonderful slideshow! I can deal with bear poop, though I don’t see it very often.

  • Nicki

    Wonderful slideshow! I can deal with bear poop, though I don’t see it very often.

  • http://www.tempestbeauty.com Mandy

    Great pictures! Looks like a truly epic Guy’s Weekend :)

    Lucky man.

  • http://www.tempestbeauty.com Mandy

    Great pictures! Looks like a truly epic Guy’s Weekend :)

    Lucky man.

  • http://www.reallyareyouserious.com Krystyn

    How nice of your Lovie to let you get away!

  • http://www.reallyareyouserious.com Krystyn

    How nice of your Lovie to let you get away!

  • http://www.dcurbandad.com DC Urban Dad

    Guess that answers my question, I guess a bear really does crap in the woods.

  • http://www.dcurbandad.com DC Urban Dad

    Guess that answers my question, I guess a bear really does crap in the woods.

  • http://lifeofanewdad.blogspot.com Otter321

    I feal like a little girl in the shadow of you manly weekend. Looks like an awesome time. I prefer to fish for larger fish though.

  • http://lifeofanewdad.blogspot.com Otter321

    I feal like a little girl in the shadow of you manly weekend. Looks like an awesome time. I prefer to fish for larger fish though.