©Bert Gildart: It’s been many months since I’ve posted but there’ a reason. During those months I’ve endured three surgeries to remove a precancerous polyp that was located between my stomach and the small intestine. The last surgery kept me in the hospital bed for 23 days.
That can all make a person a bit blue, so I’m trying to look at the positive side of things, and I really don’t have to look very hard.
First, is the uplift friends and family have created for me with their thoughts and prayers, expressed online as well as in cards and by telephone.
Though their support tops the list, there is yet another thought expressed by the photo to the right. The time at home has enabled me to rummage through the dozens and dozens of boxes my parents left with me 15 years ago. I was shocked by what I found, but most specifically by this ancient newspaper clip. It’s historic and could even be worth some cash, but I’ll never sell it.
It’s from the front page of the Honolulu Star published the afternoon of December 7, 1941. It’s significant to me because I was there as a one-year-old toddler. Obviously my parents were there and whenever army folks stationed on Oahu gather, well you know what they talked about. I’ve posted on this event before but didn’t realize boxes in the attic contained such historic newspapers. My dad was a history buff and I’ve got many more boxes to go.
Though I believe we’ll do a bit of traveling in March to see friends in Borrego Spring, by that time, if I can maintain my resolve, should you visit us you’ll see a very orderly house. That’s a bit of the good that will definitely come from this period of convalescence.
As an afterthought, and because I need to fill in more of this space, here are two images of birds struggling
YESTERDAY to find food. Turkeys are drawn to an area immediately below our porch and bird feeders because the grain is often scattered
by the smaller birds. But with all the cold and snow, they two are having a rough time exemplified by this dove.
THIS TIME LAST YEAR
MOUNTAIN BIKE RIDE (Country was spectacular) : http://gildartphoto.com/weblog/2016/01/16/challenging-mountain-biking-in-anza-borrego-desert-park
4th ed. Autographed by the Authors
Hiking Shenandoah National Park
Hiking Shenandoah National Park is the 4th edition of a favorite guide book, created by Bert & Janie, a professional husband-wife journalism team. Lots of updates including more waterfall trails, updated descriptions of confusing trail junctions, and new color photographs. New text describes more of the park’s compelling natural history. Often the descriptions are personal as the Gildarts have hiked virtually every single park trail, sometimes repeatedly.
Big Sky Country is beautiful
Montana Icons: 50 Classic Symbols of the Treasure State
Montana Icons is a book for lovers of the western vista. Features photographs of fifty famous landmarks from what many call the “Last Best Place.” The book will make you feel homesick for Montana even if you already live here. Bert Gildart’s varied careers in Montana (Bus driver on an Indian reservation, a teacher, backcountry ranger, as well as a newspaper reporter, and photographer) have given him a special view of Montana, which he shares in this book. Share the view; click here.
$16.95 + Autographed Copy
What makes Glacier, Glacier?
Glacier Icons: 50 Classic Views of the Crown of the Continent
Glacier Icons: What makes Glacier Park so special? In this book you can discover the story behind fifty of this park’s most amazing features. With this entertaining collection of photos, anecdotes and little known facts, Bert Gildart will be your backcountry guide. A former Glacier backcountry ranger turned writer/photographer, his hundreds of stories and images have appeared in literally dozens of periodicals including Time/Life, Smithsonian, and Field & Stream. Take a look at Glacier Icons
$16.95 + Autographed Copy