Category Archives: Natural and Wildlife History

Sendero, A Knife For All Seasons in the Outdoors!

This Sendero Bush Knife is not a whittler, but you can shave with it and of course skin anything! One tough, hand-friendly knife!
This Sendero Bush Knife is not a whittler, but you can shave with it and of course skin anything! One tough, hand-friendly knife!

APtravelnews-September 14th– Goose Holler’ Farm, Crossville, TN.—From a time when man used sharp edged stone and wood as knives and tools, all the way up and through the bronze age and the into the iron age, knives and swords evolved and were shaped world-wide by craftsmen who shaped and honed their knives as they continued to hone their skills as well. Finally, I found a knife at a reasonable cost that is a true lifetime heirloom candidate for an outdoors man, or woman. White River Knife and Tool located in Coopersville, MI creates this 8.25 inch Sandero Bush Knife of a Jerry Fisk Design . With the knife In my hand and in my wife’s as well, this knife feels like a natural extension  of a tool that will make you smile, The heft is solid and comfortable-lots of ergonomics besides its precision ground, hand finished  and leather honed blade went into this knife. The sheath is made of U.S.A. Made Leather and Mr. Fisk describes this knife as “the best overall “using design”  I have made in an outdoor knife.” White River Knives collaborated with Master Blade smith, Jerry Fisk, MS in the design and field testing of these Sendero Knives. The blade length is 3.6 inches with an overall length as mentioned of 8.25 inches in length.  The Blade steel is CPM S30V and its blade hardness is 59 HRC.  Frankly, I love this knife and hopefully it will remain with me all the days of my life as I continue to hunt and fish in the wilds of America. Contact: whiteriverknives.com  1-800-353-7343

There are more than 9 different models of White River Knives plus, several handle colors and materials  of many of these knives. I guess White River Knife and Tool has the knife for just about every outdoor cutting endeavor anyone would wish to use them for.P1020989P1020990

Yes, I whittled this hand ax, but I love this knife even if its not a whittler, its a world class Bush knife!
Yes, I whittled this hand ax, but I love this knife even if its not a whittler, its a world class Bush knife!

Cataloochee Valley Tours-Heading to Elk Country!

Out the window photo of a young bull elk in the Cataloochie Valley!
Out the window photo of a young bull elk in the Cataloochie Valley!

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Out the window elk watching.
Out the window elk watching.
Elk calf at side of the road!
Elk calf at side of the road!
Side of the road in the Cataloochie Valley. Elk meander all around you!
Side of the road in the Cataloochie Valley. Elk meander all around you!

 

Bull Elk just after bugling setting up for mounting one of his cows!
Bull Elk just after bugling setting up for mounting one of his cows!

 

 

 

 

APtravelnews-September 10th, Maggie Valley, at Cataloochee Valley-We took part in visiting the Cataloochee Valley area full of transplanted elk. The bulls were bugling their dominance over their herd of cows-quite a display! The occasion for this trip was an Eco-Tour and Picnic lunch with Cataloochee Valley Tours, Inc. Esther, the owner and tour guide put us in touch with the history and actual animals (Elk) that had been reintroduced to the area known as the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. We took in the beauty and grandeur of a place in time and history that, although now having the protection of it being designated a National Park, put us in touch within a living history of the way this place once was, untold years in the past. The only obvious hint that this area has taken on the veil of modernity, was the 3-mile tar road area of the valley (most of the other roads are gravel) and the  (of a couple of hundred years of  human habitation now gone from the park except for a few buildings left as monuments of this habitation) signs of old foundations left after so many homes were burnt down, during the course of turning many private lands into a park designation, and takeover of the lands of the Cataloochee Valley by the US Government for future protection against the inroads of commercialization.

Viewing the elk and the big adult bulls, hearing their bugling gave me the feeling of a palpable tingling on the back of my neck, I realized that I was being witness to a tableau that has played itself out season after season for many, many millennium, and for a moment- a mere quadrillion of a second, on a million-year timeline, I was there touching the face of Gods handiwork “again!”

Esther, our Naturalist Guide was responsible for this opportunity! She is, and will be a teacher of visitors to this wild and natural area for a long time!

Esther Blakely – Certified Master Naturalist

(828) 450-7985 – cataloocheevalleytours.com