Sketch: Jon Berger

 

Fishermen's Way

We ran into two trout fishermen who had been dropped off at Hawley Lake for a float trip down to the coast. We saw them several times, and had them in for coffee and breakfast one day.  

Their charter outfitter had simply dropped them off and told them to be at the pick-up point, a goose camp, in six days. They remarked about how “windy” (as in circuitous) the river was.  We were surprised by this remark until they told us that they had a hand-held GPS for navigation. A friend, who had previously done the trip, programmed way points into their unit, which told them straight-line distance to each of the next way points from their present location. As a result the river "appeared" as windy.

We wondered why they didn't notice that it wasn't windy on their maps. Well, we couldn’t believe what they told us next. They HAD NO MAP.

       Tom Terry

 

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