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19
Jan
Fishing Eleven Points

Fishing Eleven Points

The Eleven Points River flows from its origin at Willow Creek, in the picturesque Ozark hills of southern Missouri, through Arkansas where its waters blend with the Black River and ultimately through a convoluted path to the mighty Mississippi. Among others, Greer Spring, the second largest in the state, pumps out 220 million gallons of water each day, feeding the Eleven Point. Its naturally meandering course is carved casually into the shadows of steep bluffs, through sloping forest valleys and a low-lying riparian ecosystem.

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18
Dec
Caribou Hunting on Top of the World

Caribou Hunting on Top of the World

From the air, Canada's Arctic Tundra looks like a vast, barren wasteland, but like so many assessments from a distance; nothing could be further from the truth. It had been a marathon effort but I was finally aboard a twin-engine otter en route from Yellowknife to a camp near the Arctic Circle.

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12
Jun
Grayling Fishing in Canada's Northwest Territories

Grayling Fishing in Canada's Northwest Territories

After battling 50-pound lake trout, stalking the diminutive Arctic grayling might seem like a real yawner, but with a 4-wt fly rod it was a challenge that left me wanting more.

 

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12
Jun
Dracula Is Alive, Living In Venezuela

Dracula Is Alive, Living In Venezuela

Far below the placid surface of Lake Guri life hangs in a delicate balance. Life belongs to the quick: dinner belongs to the quickest. I would imagine that piranha swim around thinking that they are pretty much in charge of the buffet table. 

They've got a mouth full of razor sharp teeth, and they can reduce a grown pig to pulp in a matter of seconds. 

Enter the payara: exit the piranha!

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04
Jun
Blazing the Tamiami Trail

Blazing the Tamiami Trail

Driving traffic-clogged US 41 in Sarasota can be a maddening experience, when you’re behind a barrier of “Honey, look over there” drivers, and twenty minutes late for an appointment. A minor fender-bender never fails to block traffic somewhere around South Gate, and progress comes to a radiator-steaming halt. This will be little consolation, but next time you are sitting, drumming your fingers on the steering when in similar circumstances, consider the good old days when the Tamiami Trail was only the dream of a handful of Dade and Lee County promoters.

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04
Jun
Dishwater Gals

Dishwater Gals

Slowly and methodically, with the precision of a surgeon, Elbert Willis trods behind a borrowed mule and hand plow, slicing the dusty earth near his Seffner home, preparing it for sweet potato planting. "A good man can plow 'bout as much with a mule as he can with a tractor," said the 72-year-old farmer. "I used to plow 10 acres a day with two mules and a cultivator. I could do more now if it weren't for my bad heart. I just been to the doctor this week," he said, patting his chest.

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