The Sportsman’s World: Back to Fulton

By Leon Archer

We packed up and headed back to Fulton on May 7, leaving behind our grandson Beckett and Washington State, which is in full bloom right now.  

Rhododendrons in white, pink, lavender and reds are everywhere, with clouds of brilliant azaleas interspersed. Pink and white dogwood, lilacs, and bushes and trees I can’t identify are all in bright array. 

Wildflowers and cultivated varieties are everywhere. It makes driving an absolute visual joy. 

Traveling through the mountains was a different story. There was still plenty of snow high above, but the roads were clear. We didn’t see any flowers, and very little grass or other emergent greenery was to be seen. 

It’s still winter or early spring in the mountains. At least there were no late snow storms to bother us. 

Once we were well into Montana, things began to change, but it was pretty chilly. We were headed for Two Harbors, Minnesota, but we would not get there until late Thursday evening. 

We stopped about half way there in Billings, Montana. The first day took us more than 12 hours of driving, but it felt good to be on the way home. 

We knew the grueling drive from Billings to Two Harbors would be longer and we would not stop until we were there.

We were looking forward to seeing Brett and Deb and the girls, but we would only stay for the night and leave right after breakfast the next morning. 

Before leaving, we promised them we would get back out to see them sometime during the summer.  Our next destination was Saginaw, Michigan, where we would stay before making the final portion of the run back to Fulton.

We have driven back and forth across the U.S. between New York and Washington many times — for more than 25 years we have had one or more of our children living on the west coast. 

Every year, the drive seems a little longer, and less fun. I guess it’s a result of growing older, plus after the first 10 to 15 times, we have seen most of what there is to see along the way. 

Still, this trip east came at a time of year that I hadn’t tried before. It’s a lot more dreary right now, but their summer will come too. 

I will spend the upcoming week unpacking and getting settled back into our NY routine, but there will definitely be time for turkey hunting and fishing. We love our family back here, and we have been looking forward to being with them, but I have been almost as anxious to go fishing as to see them. 

Sorry guys, you know how I am. 

I am hoping the bullheads are still biting on Sandy Pond, but if I have to, I’ll go to Black Lake or the St. Lawrence to catch a bunch of them. I’ve been eating salmon and halibut in Washington, and as good as they are, I still love my bullheads. I

If anyone has been catching them very recently, I’d love to hear from you and learn where they have been biting.

I would also like to know how the turkey season has been for you turkey hunters. Have you been seeing and or hearing many this spring? I’m curious how you think the population looks for 2014. 

You can send me an email at  I’ll be pleased to hear from you. 

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