The Fine Things In Life

mikecatt13

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I'm a bit of a sentimental guy so aside from a great wife that loves to hunt and fish, our "fur kids", and some truly great friends and family, I have quite a few material things that hold far more sentimental value than monetary.

But for the fine material things:

-Firearms: Custom Blaser S2 and Blaser R8 are among my favorites especially prepping for safari, but dont tell the rest of them haha. Custom and/or hand built competition guns.

-more taxidermy than wall space and the hunts they represent...even before my first safari in Africa...

-custom ordered Ranger 621 walleye boat

-prodigy mud boat

-Rolls Royce, I'm bending the rules on having to have owned one, I've rented one and WILL own one...probably would already be making payments on a used one with these interest rates if the Africa bug didnt bite me lol.
 

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As an American, upon arriving at the Atlanta airport from a hunt in Africa- enjoying a good dressed hamburger and a Starbuck's Flat White coffee.
 

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I like "things" as much as anyone, but I've chosen to put my money into outdoor properties instead of a bunch of physical luxuries. For me the thing that can't be bettered is the great privilege I have of owning and living at three different wild properties.
At home its a wonderful piece of native prairie, rare undisturbed fescue grassland that is rich in iconic wildlife like mule deer, coyotes, and other prairie species. And enough room for my own shooting range and a big garden and a developing orchard. Lots of room to roam, and train my pointing dogs to hunt.
At our bush camp it's a few hundred hectares of mixed boreal forest and small marshes and beaver ponds, interspersed with small hay fields. Bordering an unlimited roadless wilderness of crown land, available for unlimited exploring and hunting. The land has a dense population of our local Manitoban strain of elk, abundant huge whitetail deer, and a healthy population of moose and bear and lots of small game, grouse and waterfowl. Elk hunter success in our province runs about 20% for most hunters. I have taken an elk every year for 26 years if I recall correctly.
And our summer home is a tiny log cabin in the remote northern British Columbia lakes district. 20 hectares surrounded by crown land, with our own beach on a big lake full of trout and a little creek coming in from the side. Nearest neighbours across the lake. My wife and I enjoy complete solitude if we want, or friends visiting by boat or over the logging roads when we crave company. Days spent fishing for trout and picking berries, chasing bears out of the yard, hiking the mountain trails or paddling a canoe.
That is the finest things in life I recon.

Banjo Patterson described my kind of "finery" best...

"And the bush hath friends to meet him, and their kindly voices greet him
In the murmur of the breezes and the river on its bars,
And he sees the vision splendid of the sunlit plains extended,
And at night the wond'rous glory of the everlasting stars."
 

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A trip on Rovos Rail, probably the finest train in the world. Suitably attired. Bow ties, ladies in their elegant long dresses. I have yet to go, I have to enquire whether they will allow my Courteneys with a tux.
 

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