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Right now, I'm neck-deep in reading about hiking in the Wind River Range and surviving in the wild--all of which will help me tell Sydney and Jesse's story, which is Book II of the Texas Flyboys series. I just finished reading Finis Mitchell's Wind River Trails. Published in 1999 by the University of Utah Press, it is a small guide written by a true mountain man.
I loved the snippets of poetry, and I especially enjoyed the stories of how Finis Mitchell (and others) stocked the high-mountain lakes with trout -- a feat that spanned seven years, involved 314 lakes and the transportation of 2.5 million trout, all while still maintaining a fishing camp first begun in 1930. What a great tale this is! I am in awe of what Finis Mitchell accomplished ... and I am forever enthralled by the trails he tread and the words he wove about them.
He reminds me of my father, who was a true sportsman who loved and honored the outdoors. Finis Mitchell's book struck a strong chord with me. He wrote about the "solace and tranquility" found in the wilderness. As a young girl, I knew those very things as I followed in my father's footsteps through the woods. I found them again in the pages of this book.
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