Category Archives: Daily Life in the Bush

A collection of stories and anecdotes regarding daily living in the bush.

A Change of Mind (Cast Iron, Soap and the Messiah)

When I first started cooking in camp, I was taught the “proper” way to care for cast iron pans. I was told that it was strictly forbidden to wash cast iron with soap, as it would take the seasoning off … Continue reading

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The Agony of the Leaves

The season I worked as a horse wrangler in the Yukon wilderness, there was a little ritual that I looked forward to each day, called “tea time”. One of the guides I worked with carried a little tea pot in … Continue reading

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Wildflowers Part 3 (Soapberries, Forbidden Places and Fireweed)

On the day my son and I were hiking along an ancient trail in Northern British Columbia, past the Gorge and the ruined cabin, we encountered heavy vegetation choking out the path before us. (Of course this was after he … Continue reading

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Wildflowers Part 2 (Lupines, Ancient Trails and Pacific Stonecrop)

It was a cold blustery fall day today, devoid of any warmth or color.  And so I turn to look back through my summer pictures of flowers which I took while I was working at a fishing lodge south of … Continue reading

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Wildflowers Part 1 (Bunchberries, Recipes and Prickly Roses)

I’m a huge fan of wildflowers.  Well any flower in general.  But I love wildflowers.  Always have.  Ever since I really started working in the bush, I’ve been trying to “learn” new wildflower every year.  Not just learn about them, … Continue reading

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Hooves versus Wheels

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Well after a long week of mechanical breakdowns with my school bus I was reminded of the time when I was helping a guide repack a blown pack on a horse for the six time in less than two hours … Continue reading

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To Make a Pie in the Bush

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One of the skills necessary for a cook in a Hunting Camp or Trail-riding Camp is knowing how to bake a pie.  For some reason it is an expectation of many guests that they will be treated to a homemade … Continue reading

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