we might have had this conversation a couple of years ago but since we both probably forgot it, here it is https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2013/07/01/the-...
Excellent stuff! I am a McPhee enthusiast, but had not read this piece before.
Funny enough, I was thinking of you Charlie as I read the essay. Some of your posts on a/p remind me of his droll writings. I too enjoy McPhee; didn't know he was so old:
...this was no place for me. I withdrew the Orange Trapper, collapsed its telescoping shaft, put it into a saddlebag with the day’s harvest, jumped onto my bicycle, and headed back upstream, upwoods, and away from 206 at a speed so blazing that I probably could not duplicate it if I were to try to now, but that was years ago, when I was eighty.
I suppose I am somewhat influenced by McPhee in some of my musings. I have long enjoyed his style, his diverse interests, his persistence in pursuing them.