Stay Awake for Outdoors’ Best

Stay Awake for Outdoors’ Best

This was the most spectacular display of northern lights you can imagine! You ever try to eat spaghetti with your head tipped back and your eyes riveted on the sky? We made a mess.

The Foggy Ride Out

The Foggy Ride Out

… the visibility doesn’t matter a whit to me. I’m standing there with my eyes closed. To me, it’s one of the best places on earth—that slow, foggy ride out to the Big Lake.

Hunting License Required

Hunting License Required

by K.J. Houtman
What???? How could I have done this to myself? All this planning, all this preparation, but then not following up on the license I needed to hunt legally.

Listen To Your Guide

Listen To Your Guide

Every call my guide made on the mountain was the right call. He was patient in listening to my pleading, but stood firm in his decision. In the end, listening to the guide accomplished one of my life’s dreams.

What Does Ice Fishing Teach Us?

What Does Ice Fishing Teach Us?

It’s not likely many folks consider ice fishing a “religious experience,” but I believe my youthful exposure to old school, pre-high-tech ice fishing instilled virtues—especially faith and patience.

A Moment of Silence … PLEASE

A Moment of Silence … PLEASE

The greatest allure to soloing in wilderness endeavors is the complete control over one condition most lacking in our world – silence!

Casting Your Cares Away … Really Works

Casting Your Cares Away … Really Works

By K.J. Houtman

Are you planning for that first chance to go fishing again this spring? Or a first visit to the cabin and a chance to pitch a few casts from the end of the dock? Here’s a plan with great bonus perks!

A Good Scar

A Good Scar

I tried yelling again. “Help! Help! HELP!” At the top of my lungs I screamed it. Nothing! I forced myself to calm down and think, “If you’re going to get out of this, you need to figure it out.”

A Place for Everything …

A Place for Everything …

Ten gray Rubbermaid tubs serve as our kitchen cabinets. Carefully positioned on each tub is a large, white adhesive label bearing block printing in black ink precisely stating the contents of each vessel. God Bless my wife!

Hope and a Future

Hope and a Future

by K.J. Houtman

A simple credo: Don’t skip church, find your gift, and share it with others. This is profound, something that will withstand the test of time, perhaps this is all the guidance we should need.

Led on a Circuitous Route

Led on a Circuitous Route

by K.J. Houtman

Sometimes doing the right thing … means leaving a little hole in your own heart. If that’s what it took to give happiness to this family—I’m glad to have done my part.

244 Miles to Wall Drug

244 Miles to Wall Drug

by K.J. Houtman

Any vacation near the Western edge of South Dakota will take you to a couple of must-stop destinations: Mount Rushmore, the Badlands, and, of course, Wall Drug. Pheasant hunters know …

A New Friend in the Neighborhood

A New Friend in the Neighborhood

by K.J. Houtman

It was a warm stretch in late October in the northland of Minnesota—a time when we’re so lucky to sleep with windows open and the warm days and calm evenings feel like borrowed time.