Canyon Dreams



There’s a place I know where a man can escape the prairie winds that howl across the top of the buttes.  A place where the overwhelming silence is a welcome companion.  A place where the coyote, hawk and mule deer are often more curious by your presence than they are alarmed.


I can’t tell you where this place is, I’m sad to report.  You see, I prefer to keep this place a secret in order to protect it.  It is that special to me, and to my friend Ed as well.  Don’t waste your time asking him its location, as he won’t tell you either.  Matter of fact, he’s probably less apt to tell you than I am.


Our special place isn’t a fancy hunting lodge in the Rocky Mountains, nor is it only reachable by bush plane.  You can drive to it, if the conditions are right and you have a four wheel drive vehicle.  Or a horse I suppose.  Go there at the wrong time of year, however, and you’ll never make it all the way there without burying your vehicle up to the axle in sticky, clay like mud.


That being said, once you make it to our spot, you’ll be changed forever.  What once seemed like endless prairies of nothingness suddenly turn to scenic views that will take your breath away.  You can see for miles from our place, and you can glass for wildlife from sun up until sun down without ever looking over the same patch of grass twice.


We go there to chase Merriam turkeys with longbows and wood arrows, much like the Sioux did prior to the white man’s hostile takeover.  They say there are tipi rings still visible in the area, but I haven’t found any yet.  I’ve also been told that the famous Sioux chief Crazy Horse himself hunted this place while listening to the wind whisper through the cedars.  Ah yes, it is a magical place.  However, there is one undesirable consequence to coming here and spending time roaming the game trails in these canyons…

…you will forevermore long to return.

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Jameson Olson is..and he says it's in this order...a Christian, husband, father and outdoorsman. As well as being one of Trailing Hook Journal's co-founders, Jameson is also a member of the Jackson Kayak Regional Fishing Team, Bending Branches Regional Ambassador Team, YakAngler Regional Pro Staff, Orion Coolers Pro Staff, Wildcat Creek Outfitters Fishing Team and a co-founder/board member of the Indiana Kayak Anglers.

2 thoughts on “Canyon Dreams

  • March 4, 2016 at 8:43 pm

    I love this!! Very well written jamie! I now want to go!! Love the pics of my brother!!

    • Jameson
      June 3, 2016 at 8:13 am

      Thanks Janet! Sorry, just seen this comment. Lol!



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