Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Bob's World

We spoke of many things.

We spoke of aging with vigor and with dignified acceptance of limitations. We spoke of how shadows on the stream are darker than their hosts. We spoke of brown water, both waded in and sipped on. We spoke of creativity and inspiration and the special disposition it takes to be a painter and a writer and a fly fishing guide.

We threw some mean darts.

There were many things that made my Alaskan adventure special, but foremost among them was time spent with my host, the unsinkable Bob White. Mary often wonders at my practice of charging off on far-flung fly fishing jaunts with folks that I’ve never met and I suppose that I understand her concern. But this was a no-brainer. Before I’d ever shaken his hand I felt a connection to the man. I’ve long admired his artwork, been inspired and entertained by his off-season social media quotes of the day, and appreciated a stimulating written correspondence over the past couple of years. I felt that I pretty well knew what I was getting into.

I was not disappointed.

So here’s to my Alaskan friend, guide, roommate, and fellow young pup. It was a pleasure to spend time on the water, in the lodge, and behind your amazing easel. Thanks for the invitation and the time shared in your special corner of the world. In Bob's world.

And I hope that we’ll get to speak of many more things as we travel down the road.


Feather Chucker said...

I'm really happy you got to spend time with Bob. You obviously have deep admiration for the man.

Mike Sepelak said...

Indeed I do, Kevin, as does anyone who has spent time with him. He's one of the really good guys.

Richard Harrington said...

Bob is some of the best company you'll find anywhere, but on a river he's in his element- amongst the most competent and capable outdoorsmen I've ever known.

Mike Sepelak said...

I couldn't agree with you more, Richard. He has a special way of connecting with people; a knack for creating a bond with everyone that he encounters and, in doing that, does indeed become, as you say, the best company you'll find anywhere.

Ken G said...

You two sound separated at birth. Your description of Bob suits you too ya know.

And, a writer, painter, fishing guide that enjoys a fine cigar really can't be all that bad.

cofisher said...

I've enjoyed Bob's artwork and of course his social media quotes. Sounds like a fun time with two of the good guys.

Mike Sepelak said...

Thanks, Ken and Howard. I am flattered by your comparisons. I'd aspire to the regard with which most hold Mr. White. You two too. ;-)