Troutbirder II

Troutbirder II
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Saturday, May 12, 2018

The Path

"Do not go where the path may lead,
go instead where there is no path
and leave a trail" Ralph Waldo Emerson




















The nature path led me to fishing, hunting, camping, gardening, hiking, biking, dogs, canoeing & wilderness adventures. It even returned me to the classroom as, for example, here I'm speaking to a group of seniors in Apple Valley, Minn. about birding.

18 comments:

  1. You are one of a kind, TB. I'm so glad there are people like you to teach others about birding, and enjoying the outdoors. Thank you for your efforts to enlighten us. :-)

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  2. Happy Mother's Day to Mrs TB. Good for you talking about birds! :)

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  3. It would be nice to be out on the trail all the time. You've done a lot of outdoor activities.

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  4. They didn't teach things like that when I was at school, but I made up for it by studying birds in different environments, wherever I could. Wish I could still get out there and do some more studying.

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  5. Makes me want to walk a few local paths, but I'll wait until things dry out more.

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  6. Love that quote. Birding is a wonderful sport that can be taken up at any time and really requires no special gifts--well perhaps patience. Keep teaching.

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  7. Isn't it interesting where life's paths have taken us, through all the twists and turns, surprises and dead ends? My birding path started with a picture book of the common birds my parents brought me from Chicago when I was five. I was hooked. Still birding as of last Wednesday, too.

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  8. Hi TB - yes the path may need to be broken, but when we set out on our path we usually break new routes and new journeys ... especially when we help others and give them something to think about ... I'd love to attend one of your talks ... but for now I'm here - cheers Hilary

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  9. I concur about attending one of your talks. Your posts are always interesting.

    This is an interesting sequence of pictures, too. There are paths and there are paths. They all lead somewhere.

    Speaking of pictures. Your black eyeglasses case appears in many of them. The one of your lecture, up above with Mark Twain, etc. Your eyeglasess case has seen a lot of the world and where it goes you go.

    Thanks for being a teacher. Teachers are rising up all around the country, Arizona, Oklahoma, West Virginia, Michigan, Ohio. They are taking strike votes and walking picket lines. That kind of labor action is how the US got the standard of living it has now, which is slipping although most Americans don't know that, but teachers do. You know the history of that struggle. You helped write it. Thanks Sr T.

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  10. Glad to see you're still up and about, pard....me too. Hope your wife is well, and you're doing ok.
    Mike

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  11. Fun post, TB. Very inviting paths!
    But funny how so many of us just can't quit teaching even after we retire. We have The Academy for Lifetime Learning (ALL) here which offers community education classes and activities at ESCC on Fridays during the academic year. Off campus classes are generally held on other days of the week. Some campuses offer Birding classes taught by folks like you, no doubt. Of course, the teachers are all volunteers - or idiots who just can't keep from teaching if an opportunity opens up! As one of those folks, I teach a scenery making class at our local rehabbed train station that is filled with model trains. I don't know diddley about the trains, but I make the world they run through - and THAT is fun!
    True teachers just never stop teaching.

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  12. Dear Troutbirder, thank you for that Emerson quotation, which I've never before read or heard. You blazed a trail and found adventure. I'm thinking now that I can do the same if I just write every day and respond to the ideas in my noggin! Peace.

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  13. I loved the Emerson quote and I'm so glad you are blogging and taking us down the trail with you.

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  14. Hi Ray, I sure like that quote from Emerson. Enjoyed all the photos. Thanks for taking us along. Great to see you talking to the group of seniors about birding too.

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  15. I really like that quote -- around here we think that at least some of the paths a person takes should be dirt.

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  16. I join you on that path, towards the unknown. Cheers, my friend.
    Mike

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