Gone Fishing

| 4/21/2015 10:07:00 AM

Robert PekelI love fishing. It’s a great sport. Drifting with the river current is relaxing and invigorating. It’s a change of pace from working on the homestead that helps balance life. My wife actually supports my fishing trips. Although she thinks I spend too much time goofing off, she understands I’m unbalanced.

Arkansas is blessed with an abundance of rivers. The White, Elk, Kings, and the Buffalo rivers each have something sensational to explore. My son Will and nephew Leon are my fishing buddies. Last weekend we headed to the White, famous for its rainbow trout.

First we picked out a prime campsite at Parker Bottoms, set up camp, and built a fire. It’s easy to unwind with the loblolly pines towering overhead. Crows call out warnings in the distance as we soak up the warmth of a wood fire. Food always tastes best over an open fire. Fried fish, of course, is our favorite. This trip we added fresh-picked asparagus to the menu. Top it off with a cold beer and this is getting pretty close to heaven.

Towering Pines


When the sun goes down, we’re not far behind. I find sleeping on the ground, close to the earth, is healing. It always seems to take the soreness out of my back. Dozing off to the wind stirring through the pines makes for a restful night's sleep.

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