Friday, September 27, 2013

Hunting Season

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This heirloom column from the Port Angeles Evening News seems to be a good way to wrap up a September week. It was written January 11, 1951 by Roy S. Jensen, the “Country Banker”. 

“If an All-American team of hunters and woodsmen were chosen from those who have penetrated deep into our Olympics, far from man-made trails, no one would question naming Billy Everett, Grant Humes and Amos Cameron on that team. It has been my good fortune to have seen each one of them in action in the mountains.

All are gone now, gone beyond those ridges from whence no hunter has ever returned. Amos Cameron was the last to go. He was buried Monday afternoon at a cemetery near Sequim, buried at a site where one may stand and view the whole panorama of the Olympic Mountain range he loved and knew as few others will ever come to know it.

In these days of uncertainty and uneasiness, we could well afford to pattern our outlook along the lines of the philosophy that these men had in common. All three had infinite patience, persistence and courage. I have followed each of them, at various times, as they patiently followed the trail of game they sought. They thought nothing of bedding down for the night, minus blanket and shelter, if the cougar they followed led them far from home.

They were resourceful in the fullest sense of the word. Each had the capacity to spend time alone in the wilderness, for days or weeks at a time, relying only on their own ability to take in stride whatever difficulties were theirs to overcome.

Living in the great out-of-doors, away from the radio commentator’s alarming news, away from the despairing tone of the editorials in the metropolitan daily newspapers, away from the endless street corner talk of war, these men faced each day’s problems one at a time. Never panicky, never stampeded, never worrying about imaginary dangers, they just took things in stride and faced them calmly and with confidence in their ability to somehow come through.

Perhaps life is a bit more complex today than these men found it, but much of the complexities are of our own making. I hope we can simplify them, and solve them, as sanely and sensibly as Billy Everett, Grant Humes and Amos Cameron met and solved the daily problems with which they were confronted.”
Grant Humes convinced Teddy Roosevelt to establish Olympic National Park by guiding him through contrasting regions of untouched rain forest and Grays Harbor clearcut.


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