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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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Things have to get better
By Will Maines

I SELDOM COMPLAIN, but if the first eight months of 2014 never come around again it will be too soon for me. Quite simply, so far 2014 has been perhaps the worst year for me in memory.

It began last February when I decided three torn muscles in my shoulder would be fun, fun that would include surgery and a year of big time rehab. A month later I lost my dad, although at age 91, even in losing him I could celebrate having had the opportunity to spend the first 64-plus years of my life with him.

Later in the spring my daughter began a bout with blood clots in her lower leg,

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 11:05 AM
Back between the oars again
By Will Maines

IT’S ONLY BEEN a few months since this year’s open-water fishing season began, but it seems like it took forever for me to get back between the oars.

Back in March, a few days after a surgeon put my shoulder back together with a good deal of slicing and dicing on my labrum, biceps tendon and rotator cuff, I felt like it indeed would be forever before I could even lift my arm again, much less swing a pair of oars.

In fact, for several weeks there I thought

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 10:54 AM
My dog is a common thief
By Will Maines

WHEN I?RUN for president of the United States and people who don’t like me start searching for skeletons in the closet, I’m afraid they’ll need look no farther than my formerly faithful golden companion, Molly.

What they’ll find is that she — and probably in the resulting political spin talk, me by association — are nothing more than common thieves.

What’s more, Molly — and me by association — are the worst kind of thieves, berry patch thieves.

The two of us spent a good part of last weekend looking for berries,

Tuesday, August 05, 2014 12:55 PM
Back in the boat again
By Will Maines

LIFE IS GOOD when people think you are crippled up.

Okay, so my major shoulder surgery is over four months in the rear view mirror, but I am finding it still comes in mighty handy in getting people to treat you with kid gloves.

When it comes to loading a boat in the truck, unloading it, doing all the rowing and doing all the other work associated with a North Woods fishing expedition, I found out last week that describing your infirmities in great detail, perhaps enhancing upon them just a bit,

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 10:49 AM | Updated ( Tuesday, July 29, 2014 10:50 AM )
Such is the price of sacrifice
By Will Maines

THERE ARE TIMES when a man has to do what a man has to do. Sometimes that means doing something for the greater good of mankind, even if it poses a grave threat to one’s own manhood.

I found myself in that position last weekend, and like a true American I sacrificed myself to the altar of yuppie tourism, treating my lovely wife to a weekend in Lake Superior country, specifically the towns of Ashland, Washburn, Bayfield and La Pointe, mainly the latter two.

Not realizing it was Bay Days in Ashland and Bay Fest in Bayfield,

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 12:38 PM

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