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Matt Dickerson: 2019: National parks and the shutdown

Posted on January 10, 2019 |
By Matt Dickerson



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I’ve been thinking a lot about national parks lately.

One reason is that in a few days I’ll be heading to Acadia National Park for a four-day trip with 12 college students who are taking my class on narrative non-fiction nature writing. I’m a little nervous about the weather we might encounter in January on the coast of Maine, and how that will impact various planned field trips around Mount Desert Island. I’m even more nervous because of the impact on the park (and on our visit) of the current federal government shutdown.

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Matt Dickerson: A meditation on waiting

Posted on December 20, 2018 |
By Matt Dickerson



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Matt Dickerson: Eulogy to a nature lover

Posted on November 29, 2018 |
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I don’t write many words about the outdoors or nature that do not, at some point, reflect the life, love and influence of my mother, Clara May Riddle Dickerson.

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Matt Dickerson: Chasing game in mountains

Posted on November 15, 2018 |
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With the quickly waning daylight, my chances of bagging any wild quarry that day were rapidly declining. Creeping along the dirt road, I glanced at the pale November sun kissing the top of the snow-dusted ridgeline to my left. I turned and looked to my right, where my shadow stretched across the dry brown grass toward the opposite ridgeline, still bathed in gold.

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Matt Dickerson: Late fall fishing for steelhead and salmon

Posted on November 1, 2018 |
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Every fall in Vermont, about the time that the open trout season sputters to its conclusion on Halloween, and area streams and rivers really start running cold, another fishing season is just beginning.

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Matt Dickerson: Yes, jellyfish can be found in area waters

Posted on October 18, 2018 |
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For over two decades I’ve been writing an outdoor column with a special emphasis on fishing. I never thought I’d be writing about jellyfish, though. One reason is that they aren’t even fish; they are more accurately referred to as “jellies.” Another reason is that Vermont, by virtue of not having any ocean coastline, doesn’t have any jellies. Or so I thought.

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Matt Dickerson: One-fish afternoon

Posted on October 4, 2018 |
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Alex and I had spent a couple hours fishing our way slowly up the Middlebury River. Though Alex had seen several small fish nipping at his flies, neither of us had yet slipped anything into the net.

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Matt Dickerson: Summer of discovery by canoe, continued

Posted on September 6, 2018 |
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We slid the canoe down into the waters of Otter Creek and turned it parallel to the grassy shore. I held it steady while my wife, Deborah, stepped in, keeping her shoes dry. Since I was wearing water sandals, I had the privilege of pushing us away from shore and stepping in from ankle-deep water. A few seconds later we were paddling up the creek, away from the one-lane bridge and dam.

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Matt Dickerson: Seeing trout and flies: a tribute to my sunglasses

Posted on August 23, 2018 |
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Matt Dickerson: Getting a bear fix in the Katmai

Posted on August 16, 2018 |
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Two p.m. rolled around and we still hadn’t spotted one of the famous Alaskan brown bears we had come to Katmai National Park and Preserve to see.

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