Hatchet

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  1. OiMcCoy

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    Screenshot_20190718-174726~2.png Working in the outdoors comes with a lot of incredible advantages. One of them being the volume of amazing people you get to work with. One of those amazing people that I have had drift into my life is my friend L. L is from Australia, and when I met him, he had been in Canada for only two months. We have since worked nearly every contract together since. This had us getting to celebrate his one year anniversary in Canada while on a canoe trip in Algonquin Park.

    L shared with us parts of his life story that day. One of the big elements was his dream to live in and explore the Canadian wilderness. For when he was 12, he read the Hatchet. And his love for Canada was born. I will spare you the details, but he came very close to missing out on his chance to come here a few times. It took an incredible leap of faith to make it happen.

    He is one of the kindest, most giving humans I have ever met. And I knew that we had to celebrate his stay in Canada the right way. So when we got home from the trip, I booked it to a hardware store and picked him up the hatchet from hatchet (well, as close as I could get).

    He absolutely loves it now, and yesterday we worked on sharpening it to a razor blade (it is hair popping sharp now).

    I know his time in Canada will be relatively short, but the adventures he is having will go with him every where. And my home is that this little hatchet will always remind him of the wonder that is the Canadian wilderness.
     
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    Right on brother :dblthumb: Doing a good thing!
     
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    Hatchet was one of the most defining books of my childhood. Probably time for a re-read!
     
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    Good friends are always connected. Good friends are few and far between.
     
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    You've done a good thing that will last a lifetime.
     
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    Read that book so many times!!! Excelent gifts to a good friend!
     
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    Just like Brian..he'll be back again.

    Now he can throw that hatchet at a porcupine and miss and hit a rock for sparks...but sharpen it up again
     
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    This came up in the last trip we guided together. When I told the boys that you can make fire with quartz and HC steel they seemed to find it everywhere. It was awesome.
     
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    One of my favorite books hands down!
     
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    One of the most influential books in getting me to appreciate the outdoors as a lad. That's awesome that you managed to reconnect him to it after all this time.
     
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    Very cool gift. I'm sure that L will treasure it always. Excellent book, and as others have said, time to read it again.
     
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    Very awesome of you @OiMcCoy !!!

    I've never read that book. Funny thing is I was always around it in grade school but never had the chance to read it and kind of forgot about it until now. I'll have to search out a copy.
     
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    This book was required reading for my teenage Son when he was in 3rd grade. The joy he got from reading this book (and his teacher) changed his outlook on school for the better. He turned is life around because of it. . . I’m sure of it.
     
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    That whole series is great, awesome story as well.
     
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    It had been done in a movie, and I only saw part of it and have been looking for it since .
     
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    Looks like the movie is called “A Cry in the Wild”

     
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    And an hour and a half later, still laying on the couch! Thanks for the movie Ken. I needed that tonight. :)

    Kind of gives me an urge to buy a Buck hatchet now. :)
     
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    Read Hatchet in elementary school. Enjoyed it. One of my best friends still speaks fondly of that book, and reading isn't his strong suit. Very influential.
     
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    Not aware of the book or movie...will be reading and watching soon!
     
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    Don't know how I missed it when I was a kid. Just ordered it now. Still a kid at heart. :)
     
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    My 11 y.o. Grandson just read Hatchet and was telling me all about it the other day. He loved it. My wife took him to the library and checked out another Gary Paulsen book, The River.
     
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