A few weeks back, I was held up in southwest Texas – Big Bend National Park, to be exact – with Mikael Kennedy, writing a story for the wonderful Garden and Gun. (It’ll be out later this summer, so stay tuned.) With work and travel and bla bla bla, this last Thursday was the first time that Mikael and I were able to get together since our little adventure. A winning combination of Guinness and Ful Medames.

We both had books for one another, each one slightly commemorative of the Great Big Dry Nothing that was home for a few nights. I gave him a copy of The Desert Is Theirs and he gave me Twelve Lessons Of The Desert. Mikeal met Sam Richardson, the book’s author, while down in Taos, NM two weeks ago, and after telling him about our time in Terlingua, Richardson directed him to the local book store.

Twelve Lessons is a “collection of aphorisms, nature notes and essays written over a period of 17 years by river guide, artist, writer and storyteller Sam Richardson.” I haven’t started it yet, but when I do, I’ll make sure to do a full report. In the meantime, learn more about Sam here.

Thanks Mikael.


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  1. Doug Sahm March 20, 2012 at 8:32 am #

    Garden & Gun? The magazine for well-to-do Southerners? Never thought I would see the author of my beloved Cold Splinters blog writing for such a publication. Not saying its a bad thing, just interesting.

  2. jeffreythrope March 20, 2012 at 8:36 am #

    they let me write a story about big bend that i’ve wanted to write for a long time. was a real pleasure working for them. definitely an interesting partnership, but a good one, trust me!

  3. Doug Sahm March 21, 2012 at 9:50 am #

    I trust you, but if I see you in a seersucker suit and a bow-tie…
    For the record I am a proud Southerner(in Asheville currently), just more of a bearded PBR drinker than a mint julep sipper.
    Now when are you going to come visit the tallest mountains in the East?

  4. jeffreythrope March 21, 2012 at 9:53 am #

    I can’t shake the Coors Light from my Colorado Days. Never had a mint julep.
    Was in Asheville a month ago!

  5. Doug Sahm March 22, 2012 at 12:40 pm #

    Let me know next time you’re down this way. We’ll grab one of those excellent Asheville brews.

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