A Walk in the Woods

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A couple of friends of mine went on a hike along the Appalachian Trail, took a pic. of their packs at Max Patch, NC.  They hiked from there 22 miles and 2 days later, to Hot Springs, NC. Then requested a sketch of their pic.  While I get a lot of pleasure in sketching, I find it nearly embarrassing to try to capture the beauty of nature. Who can do that??

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Hwy 55

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On a recent day trip to McCall, while driving, the river right there a few yards from the highway, I took a mental snapshot and drew this from that picture in my head.  Yes, I imagine in cartoony-sketches, which is fun.

Fall Garden

Fall Garden

It’s November and our fall garden box is full and lush!  I really enjoy dinking in and around our garden boxes especially this time of year when the air is so crisp and cool and you can see your breath in the morning. (…because it’s chilly, not from the salsa last night…)  Here’s what’s going on in our boxes…

Poison Ivy

Poison Ivy

If you’ve ever had poison ivy, you have a story.  I’ve heard many and none of them are pleasant.  Some people can wallow in it, or as we say in our family, “waller” in it and have no reaction at all from the plant to those who will only have to look at this sketch and will get a rash…my apologies.  If you aren’t sure where you fit on the scale, I’ve given a detailed illustration of what to look for if you are the outdoors type and enjoy a walk in the forest or woods.  Simply find the plant, stop, drop and roll in it to see what your immunity levels are.  Hey, I’m here to help.

Trout

Trout

One of the items on my “bucket list” is to tie a fly and catch a trout with it.  As my life is changing and the fact we live in one of the best places for fly fishing here in the great northwest, I’m really getting the itch to get in a river!  As you can see, I’ve got trout on my mind.

Day Hike

Day Hike

The lost art of common sense comes in handy when going out on a day hike, of course you don’t really need all this, because the more you carry, the heavier it gets and you want to actually enjoy your walk and not having to feel like you’re in boot camp.  If you’re just taking a stroll along a path around a  lake at a State Park, water and a camera may be fine .  The greater the adventure, the more you might want to consider. You’ll know what is important to you.  All I know is, Spring is coming and Outdoors is calling!

Chaco Boots

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A few months ago, I drew a picture of some people wearing Chacos.

Chaco

I submitted the picture to the Chaco site on their bulletin board where everyone sends a picture of themselves wearing their Chacos, usually in the outdoors on the beach, trail, river, camping, etc,…Someone at Chacos saw my pic and sent me a code for a FREE pair of Chacos!! How nice of them! Since I’m not really a sandal-wearing kind of guy, I decided on the hiking boots. They came in this week and they are AMAZING!  But how generous of Chacos?  How cool of them! Yes, Chacos are the official footwear of Brad Young Art.