Monday, June 14, 2010

The Versatile Blogger

Anne Marie at Goals for the Week passed along this award.  Thanks Anne Marie - sorry it took me so long to get to this!  I am not sure what I am supposed to write about here, so here are 7 things that just come to mind.
  1. I worked in a store called Bait, Bolts, and Bullets from when I was 16-19.  I sold guns, ammo, bait, fishing supplies, and hardware.
  2. I have been a whitewater raft guide since 1993, although I haven't guided commercially for a while (I don't know how long).  I still get on the river about 5-6 times a year with friends.
  3. Given that I have been guiding rafts through whitewater for so long, it is funny swimming is so hard for me in triathlon.  Until you realize that for the past (many) years of private rafting trips, my swimming consisted of being pushed by current wearing lifejacket and holding a beer. 
  4. I was once carried around The Blue Ox in Millinocket, Maine in a giant pack basket by a giant man named Little Harold.  Go ahead, check out the link to the bar - there is even a coupon for free beer. 
  5. Sometimes I get stuck at the office.
  6. Every vacation I have ever had had nothing at all to do with sitting around.  There must be something wrong with me, but I guess I am a bad sit stiller. Except maybe at night, around the campfire, where really I am often dancing anyway. 
  7. Jane and I backcountry Colorado     
    North end of Baxter State Park, Maine     
    18 Day Trip (self-guided) on Grand Canyon   
  8. When I bought my truck I spent extra money to install a beer window just for my dog Bailey.  See, I know he doesn't look too impressed, but he really likes it!

SOOO there is my seven things folks! I am not going to pass this on to anyone, but if anyone wants to do this, consider yourself tagged! :)


KovasP said...

Well, I'm going to The Blue Ox tomorrow for free beer!

Maria said...

'sit stiller' love it!

Aimee said...

Great list! It looks like you've gone on some great adventures! I'm not one to sit still on vacation either, unless that vacation happens to be on a beach in Mexico where you can sit and swim, then sit some more all day long! :)

Jon said...

Free beer? I am retracing my routes....

Unknown said...

The Blue Ox looks like my kinda place (-;

And I completely understand the window for Bailey!

Unknown said...

dang that is nice Mark!!! There is drool on my laptop right now, true story.

May you and the cookie monster share many happy hours of riding !

Regina said...

I like you! I also like the Blue Ox; open 8 days a week? my kind of place AND a free beer?!! ha!

Ok, I sit on my ass for vacation. I need time to recharge living in nyc.

I had no idea that was called a beer window. I love your dog!

misszippy said...

You have such a great spirit of adventure! I really admire that b/c I am a big 'ole chicken. And your job at number one is hilarious.

skierz said...

I'm in for the Blue Ox! and sitting around holidays are no good! I tried it once, the biggest flop of a holiday I was on! Holidays are to see and do stuff you cant do every other day! Love the post!

Julie said...

I loved this post! I am such a huge fan of randomness:) Wow, you were a white water raft guid!?! A few years ago we took the kids to Wyoming and did a two hour session down the Snake much fun:) I would love to do that again! The Blue Ox also sounds like a fun place to hang out:)

Matty O said...

DAMNIT!!! I wrote a reply then went to click post comment and hit your ads!!! HAHA you are welcome ;)

Alright let me try again:
Bait and bullets! Can you get me some cheap ammo because practicing gets expensive for me!

We don't sit still on our trips either... why would you go somewhere cool and sit on a stupid beach the whole time?!?! Go see what the place has to offer!!! Right on!

I love that you have a beer in hand in most of your pics haha!

Caratunk Girl said...

Kovas - see you there tomorrow! :)

Maria - yeah, I think you and I are a lot a like on that one!

Jon - it is always free beer tomorrow at the Blue Ox.

Jeff - You would love the Ox, and I KNEW you would get the window thing for Bailey!

Regina - HA! I like you too! Well...I call it a beer window, that probably isn't the smartest thing to publicize.

Zippy - Like I said, I am a bad sit stiller. And I hate to miss stuff. That job was awesome.

John - The Ox is gathering fans! Yeah, I haven't tried it because I know I would hate to sit around!

Julie - I still am a guide, I just don't use the license. I have done the Snake in WY - it is awesome, very pretty! let me know if you come to Maine!

Matty O - Thanks! Ha. I do that all the time, usually on your blog! :) Don't tell Bryan. I don't work there anymore so I lost the discount.

Big Daddy Diesel said...

How fun, thanks for sharing

Velma said...

Awesome - love the pup!! I need to go to the grand canyon soon!

Tri-James said...

bait, bullets and beer - right?

DRog said...

Love the pics and LOL "sit stiller"

Caratunk Girl said...

BDD, DR - Thanks!

Velma - He is a good boy. Get to the canyon. Now. :) The kids would love it.

Tri-James - beer was next door AND across the street.

Big Clyde said...

Ha! I used to guide the Deschutes River in Central Oregon. Good times.