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SAM COOK

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Maybe it’s the movement, maybe the angle of the sun. Something’s happening here.
Sometimes, you just have to go, whether you’re ready or not.
Our friendship was forged over bulging Duluth packs and bins of trail food in the summer of 1976. Mike had come to the Ely outfitting business as a fishing guide and all-around handyman. Phyllis and I were green as sphagnum moss, a couple of Kans...
I see the couple up ahead on the trail. It's early morning in one of Duluth's trail-rich parks. I know who they are. It's Jan and Larry. Birders. They're moving slowly, looking up, binoculars slung around their necks. I stop on my morning trail r...
I headed north with the moonroof and both windows open. I was in no particular hurry. We had been away for more than a week, and I was savoring this drive with the succulence of midsummer assaulting all of my senses.
ONTARIO'S QUETICO PROVINCIAL PARK -- Evening comes slipping over the land. On our island camp here in this million-acre canoe-country wilderness, we find our places near the lake.

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The yellow dog and I were off on a two-hour jaunt in the woods the other day. She would lark ahead, following the trail and her nose. At intervals, determined entirely on her own, she would come trotting back to check in.
DULUTH -- I spend isolated moments of each day now anticipating an upcoming adventure. Six of us -- trail-tested friends -- will soon slip our canoes into a Canadian wilderness lake and push off. We'll spend 10 days on the trail at about 3 miles ...
MEDORA, N.D. - We're trying to give the two bison a wide berth, but it isn't easy. We're hemmed in in a tiny meadow bordered by a wall of clay and juniper-choked drainages. The two of us are no more than 25 yards from the closest bull, who has ra...

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