The Things Men Do

Good read, appreciate it.


There is only one basic human right, the right to do as you damn well please. And with it comes the only basic human duty, the duty to take the consequences. – P.J. O’Rourke

My fifteen-year-old son came to me a few days back and told me he and his buddies were making plans for a backcountry pack trip this summer. He wanted to know if it would be ok if he went and if maybe I could drive them to the trailhead. I chuckled at the thought and wondered what the hell he was thinking? He doesn’t have a drivers license yet and legally can’t carry a rifle without an adult present but he thinks I am going to hand him a pack and send him on an overnighter ten miles from the nearest road into the Cascades with just a can of pepper spray, a sleeping bag and…

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