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Halloween & A Walk In The Woods…

October 31st, 2016 Leave a comment Go to comments
This is real archery... not Halloween costumes...

This is real archery... not Halloween costumes...

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

Before the Trick Or Treating in town… I took some time to be Izze’s arrow bearer.

Izze sends another one down range

Izze sends another one down range

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

Izze is an instinct shooter… no sight yet on that compound bow… but she really gets it done!

Nobody in the Station today as another arrow wings its say down range

Nobody in the Station today as another arrow wings its say down range

This girl can really shoot…

Yeah buddy!

Yeah buddy!

The sound of those arrow impacting the target make a really satisfying crack! Good times!

Then it was time for our vampire to head into town for some Trick or Treating.

Our very own vampire...

Our very own vampire...

Yeah, this girl researched movie makeup and did a great job!

Got any Tootsie Rolls for Dad?

Got any Tootsie Rolls for Dad?

Halloween on the East Side of Athens is always fun and we’ve done it every year for the better part of a decade.



Also over the weekend I spent some time in the woods looking at White Oaks we’re going to selective timber.

The October sun sets over our woods

The October sun sets over our woods

Yeah, we’re going to take some Oak trees down and make room for new ones… make some nice hiking trails at the same time. I love this piece of land!

Hard to beat a late Fall sky

Hard to beat a late Fall sky

Yeah, it’s been a great weekend. Time to string a guitar and practice a little before watching the second season of The Strain.

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  1. jim hitchcock
    October 31st, 2016 at 21:00 | #1

    You got some catchin’ up to do Jorma, lastvnight was S3 ep 10 : )

  2. rich l
    November 1st, 2016 at 09:23 | #2

    The Arrow and the Song

    By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

    I shot an arrow into the air,
    It fell to earth, I knew not where;

    For, so swiftly it flew, the sight
    Could not follow it in its flight.

    I breathed a song into the air,
    It fell to earth, I knew not where;

    For who has sight so keen and strong,
    That it can follow the flight of song?

    Long, long afterward, in an oak
    I found the arrow, still unbroke;

    And the song, from beginning to end,
    I found again in the heart of a friend.

    Jorma and Jack – thanks for all those songs tucked away in our ventricles and auricles.

    I tried to find the Bullwinkle J. Moose version of Wadsworth poem, but couldn’t seem to find it.

  3. carey georgas
    November 1st, 2016 at 09:44 | #3

    Unsighted? That must be at least 30 yds. A natural, indeed. I’ll bet the one closest to the center was the last one.

    Also, kudos for the selective timber management. Down here, if it ain’t protected, it’s clear cut. Green up, brown down, as the corporate foresters say.
    You’ve probably read it, but “A Sand County Almanac” by Aldo Leopold should be required reading. A better case for a land ethic has never been so effectively or beautifully made.

  4. HOGAN
    November 1st, 2016 at 12:40 | #4

    Happy Halloween….
    Great pictures…

  5. carey georgas
    November 1st, 2016 at 14:43 | #5

    “A conservationist is one who is humbly aware that with each stroke [of the axe] he is writing his signature on the face of the land.”
    ― Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac

    You, Jorma, are a conservationist.

  6. Greg martelli
    November 1st, 2016 at 16:36 | #6

    Conversely and as an advocate of sustainable forestry, an interesting read Cap, would be
    Live oaking Southern timber for tall ships
    The Brits didn’t come here for tobacco, Or the eponymous “Fountain of youth” that Ponce de Leon pursued, there’s was a more practical quest , timber for their ships to support the Empire. They had already endured the “great deforestation” which led to the London Fogs .
    They harvested Live oaks( bow/stern and ribs), a white oak .
    White oaks ( 2″ thick which made three layers of planking), at 6″ thick it was mostly cannonball proof.
    Heart pine for the masts , which grew straight to a height of 110′.
    An interesting sidebar garnished from the book, every ship of the line had two ships carpenters AND two full time ships caulkers. I’ve annotated the reference , you know how many caulkers you need(2), but in their absence you never know how many BAILERS you will need . Oddly this has a prescient poltical ring, you probably can predict how many computer programmers you will need , the amount of requisite “scrubbers” is not as easy to predict.
    Cut some of the white oak 8/4″ thick — it makes the most wonderful trestle tables.

  7. Mark K
    November 3rd, 2016 at 15:16 | #7

    Looks like your Daughter has become a real Toxopholite [One who is fond of or an expert at Archery can be referred to as a “Toxopholite”.]

  8. Mark K
    November 3rd, 2016 at 15:18 | #8

    Correction- Toxophilite

  9. Jim Kirk
    November 4th, 2016 at 10:05 | #9

    Now there’s a good Appalachian girl. Knows how to shoot a bow…instinctively.

    Good on you for helping.

    Is she going to go deer hunting??

  10. Brian Doyle
    November 4th, 2016 at 13:55 | #10

    If you’re from California you might not know the zen tranquility of walking on an Appalachian hiking path through the leaf-strewn woods with all the natural wonder and nature’s order in front of you.

  11. John B
    November 4th, 2016 at 15:55 | #11

    Good job dad.

  12. johno
    November 4th, 2016 at 18:15 | #12

    She is an excellent archer. Living in the country allows you to have archery as a hobby. Izze is really good, she had an ace from 30 yards! Keep practicing.

  13. Ham n Eggs
    November 5th, 2016 at 19:52 | #13


    Speaking of being right on target,
    Look closely at 2:10. As Grace had on her shirt when she took off a burka at a show in 2001 ” Fuck Fear”
    Bravo to all of you.
    Love All Ways

  14. Barbara Jacobs
    November 8th, 2016 at 10:12 | #14

    I took a flight back to JFK yesterday from working in Europe. Just because I like to vote in person. It was easier than I expected: I didn’t have to wear a gas-mask.
    I’m taking a flight back on Saturday. Just because I like going to the Veterans Day Parade.

    When Jorma posts his annual blog on Veterans Day, I will write about an excellent
    family, the Duclay family in Long Island N.Y. Their charitable non-profit,
    http://www.sailahead.org is devoted to helping Veterans heal by way of sailing.
    I gave them a donation to purchase an “AED”. Now that they have one, they could use a couple more of them. They accept donations of any amount, it all adds up
    to very good things.

  15. November 8th, 2016 at 13:33 | #15

    Nothing soothes the savage beast like sailing,( forget the occasional motor boater in the no wake zone.
    I’ll check out your charity and commend your advocacy.
    Wooden ships on the water.

  16. Barbara Jacobs
    November 8th, 2016 at 17:35 | #16

    How true, Greg.
    It’s not my charity, I only gave them a donation to purchase an “AED”.
    The Duclay family devotes their time and efforts to http://www.sailahead.org
    Thanks for posting here. @Greg Martelli