BM, in no way to step on your inspiring thread. I have a friend that has some land on an ok trout stream. He's gotta be near 75 now, a retired judge. Calling him a "friend" is odd, but there it is. Over the years he's created a duck marsh, dug out a bass pond, and planted acres of game forage. A few years ago his pond froze to the bottom and he had to do some major work to get it back. I've duck hunted and fished with him on it a few times and have taken my boys to it just to dink around. (Even had an ex-girlfrind fish topless with me - funny story on that as a another friend just happened to come out there that same day - I recognized him as he lost an arm in a farming accident - anyway, we were a ways away and just waived - I know who he was because of his arm - anyway, a few years after, I bumped into him and he said, hey, was that you with that sweet little topless gal in your canoe? We laughed - I guess tits are as recognizable as being one armed - perspective, I guess). Anyway, in this day and age where everyone is all about tennis in Hawaii, $60,000 skiffs, and over the top fishing and hunting conquests, it's really special to know there's still some out there who don't see it all as some fucking challenge, test, or worse, competition. But rather just folding themselves into the land or surroundings they love. I'll never have the opportunity to do what you are doing, but knowing your type is out there, and knowing I can consider them friends is enough for me. Thanks for the post. Warms my soul. Here's a link to a thread I did about my friend's land. No topless ex, however.
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