+ father and son

Flying over the Elk River

Flying over the Elk River

I realized a little while back that it had been well over a decade since my dad and I had spent any intentional, dedicated father-son time. In spite of the fact that we are partners in one business and have conspired on may other occasions, those of you familiar with family business can probably relate to how little quality time that lends itself to. Somehow birthday dinners and the occasional Sunday with the family (when we make it to Spokane for that long) inevitably hold some mention of business TODOs or a thought to our next quarter strategy.

At any rate, we both carved a weekend out of our schedule, packed the airplane, and headed into the Idaho wilderness for a couple of days of hiking, fishing, and general outdoor guy stuff. We were hardly alone, as the USFS airstrip we flew into (Moose Creek) has gained some popularity among back-country pilots, but it was a drastic change from our usual two-to-three phone ringing, several email account, insurmountable todo-list days. In fact, there was no cell-phone reception for AT&T or Verizon; the closest thing to communication with the outside world was a ranger station about a mile from our campsite.

Suffice it to say, the time was much needed, and my dad is still at least as awesome as he was 15 years ago–maybe even a bit more. It was great to have him teaching me to fly-fish, rather than us pounding out a sales plan or working on development schedules. We definitely need to make a habit of that.

Packing and prepping

Packing and prepping

One of the bridges acress the creek... just a bit shady

One of the bridges acress the creek... just a bit shady

Taking off from Shearer.

Taking off from Shearer (a USFS strip up the Selway River from Moose Creek).

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  1. R. Ed Myer Says:

    Hi Bry!
    GREAT to hear you’ve gotten out-and-about with the “old man” before his beard turns all gray! Your Mom and Dad have always managed to find a way to “get away from it all” as Agee Electric was taking form, so I’m delighted to see the willingness to FIND the time to let the brain/mind rest!
    Those are the times you will remember with fondness later :) Cheers! Ed

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