Bert Gildart Cycling Adventure

For any who believe that NOWA membership consists only of those who hunt and fish in the Northwest, please put that thought aside.  Many of us engage in other outdoor activities such as the biking excursion described here.  It is a trip National Geographic calls “one of America’s greatest adventures.”

I concluded that adventure late this September and, in brief, the ride links together two trails: the Allegheny Gap and the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal.  The trails are joined back-to-back and span almost 400 miles, beginning – or ending – in either Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, or in Washington, D.C.

If the ride is made in a relaxed manner you’ll need about 10 days.  Campgrounds are available along the way but so are B&Bs, and that’s where we camped, roughing it (sometimes!) with cocktail napkins and Meissen China.

Three friends joined me and we all agreed that the trip was a tour through American history and also through some of America’s most pristine woodlands, often graced by sycamore trees arching overhead.  Shortly out of Pittsburg we climbed to the Eastern Continental Divide and then traveled across the Mason Dixon Line.  In West Virginia the trail took us into Harpers Ferry, and some may recall that it was here, in 1859, that a Lieutenant Colonel Robert E Lee put down the John Brown rebellion.  Riding on we crossed into Maryland and passed the shanties of several lock master’s old homes.  Today, if you have advanced reservations you can move in and stay overnight.

Essentially the Canal was initiated by George Washington, hoping to increase trade with Washington D.C. and newly created states such as Pennsylvania, but the Potomac River was laced with many rapids and treacherous falls, and barges could not negotiate them.  Consequently, traders needed a canal.  Today, those falls are an attraction for bikers and so we also stopped to view that river’s many examples.

While riding I believe that I rebounded from some lingering health issues, but equally as significant, became more of the individual we all wish to be. Here, I felt important and not diminished by the burgeoning U.S. population that is now saturating our personal living space and clogging so many national attractions. During our many stops I’d been able to lose myself by soaking up American history and the wildness the two trails preserved. And, then, when I thought myself saturated, I had been able to ride on – stopping at will to soak it all up again, and again and again.

A much expanded and varied version of this story is intended for a travel magazine and I hope, too, in a magazine intended for seniors… not, of course, that I can relate, but I do feel many older folks might be inspired.  In the meantime, if anyone wants details on logistics, please drop a note. Thanks! Bert


Hatchery & Wild Coexist responds to Patagonia’s Artifishal

After posting the link to Artifishal, a film that’s generating some controversy, several NOWA members asked to balance the discussion by provide some countering information on NOWA’s website.

Dave Schamp from Hatchery & Wild Coexist graciously provided a copy of their press release: H&W Patagonia release final

This is a hot topic and both sides of this issue offer ample writing opportunities!

2019 October NOWA Member News

October is a great month to be outdoors. Here’s some news from NOWA’s members:

From Paul Vang: Spent several days in and around Choteau MT, where we had our conference last year. My 80th birthday was on Thursday, the 17th, and my goal was to celebrate with a limit of pheasants. Alas I got skunked! I had to adjust my level of satisfaction to reality. I might not have gotten any pheasants, but I was out there with my dog and shotgun on my 80th!

For those who came to the Choteau conference, they likely missed one of the best shows around: the Big Sky of Montana, especially the October skies. Appropriately, that catch phrase, Big Sky, was coined by the novelist, A. B. Guthrie, who lived much of the time in Choteau.

From Jim Goerg: The Reel News is looking for and Advertising Sales Associate. Here’s the info: The Reel News AD SALES

From Dave Kilhefner: After 21 years Scott Richmond’s excellent fly fishing website Westfly went off the air on Oct 29th. This event was commemorated by a “Rondi” at at Beavertail Campground on the Deschutes River for a weekend of good food, fellowship and fishing. Scott rented the group campsite and posted the event on Westfly. Good times were had by all and it was a fitting end for the last chapter of Westfly.

Also, scored 2 article assignments from the call for queries posted on this website!

From Tom Knight: Here’s a chapter from my new book: 61 A TALE OF TWO MONSTER STEELHEAD^^.and OTHERS

Be my guest and please edit. Appreciate any comments!

NOWA at 2019 Riverfest

Dennis Clay, Matt Liere, and Dennis Dauble “manned” a NOWA booth at Riverfest 2019 in Kennewick’s Columbia Park on Saturday, September 7.

Over 5,000 people attended the day long event.

Several potential supporting members, in addition to people interested in writing and photography as a vocation, were provided information on NOWA activities.


Call for Queries – 2020 Fish Alaska Magazine

As soon as possible please send queries of stories for consideration for 2020 Fish Alaska issues. The editorial calendar will be developed over the few weeks.

Submit a proposed article title and paragraph describing what the article will be about.

Some things to keep in mind:

  • Standard length for a feature article in Fish Alaska is 2500 words, though we do often publish smaller or larger features.
  • Upon submission, we’ll want at least a dozen great photos.  More is always better than too few
  • First run only; we don’t like to reprint anything that has been published elsewhere

I look forward to working with you in 2020!

George Krumm, Editor; Fish Alaska Magazine, Hunt Alaska Magazine cell: 907-529-6172 email: