Not so long ago, men were men. They spent their Sunday afternoons building things with their bare hands, they didn't pay someone else to change their oil, and they certainly didn't sip anything that was pink in colour, expensive and came in a cocktail glass. Then the modern world happened and, somehow, man was redefined...smoothed over...watered down. He became 1/10th man and 9/10th Calvin Klein Obsession cologne. Prowess was no longer about making the perfect jump shot, it was about Prada and prosecco. You can't blame men entirely; after all, "guy knowledge" isn't imprinted on the Y chromosome. Of course, neither is self-respect when you have to pay someone else to change your flat tire while you and your date stand on the side of the road. "How to Back Up a Trailer" is "real-guy-reference-guide" to over 100 skills every man should know or possess. AUTHOR: Kurt Anderson is a man's man who knows how to get it done. A monthly columnist for Family Handyman and regular contributor to Outdoor Life, Mr. Anderson knows how to handle himself in and outside the home. When he's not building a house from scratch, you can find him riding (and repairing) his motorcycle, fishing, hunting, canoeing, and fixing things he's managed to foul up.
It was to Henry a return rather than a removal. He almost fancied that in some far-off age he had seen all these things before. The forests and the mountains beckoned in friendly fashion; they had no terrors, for even their secrets lay open before him. He seemed to breathe a newer and keener air than that of the old land left behind, and his mind expanded with the thought of fresh pleasures to come. The veteran guide, Ross, alone observed how the boy learned, through intuition, ways of the wilderness that others achieved only by hard experience. They had met fair weather, an important item in such a journey, and there had been no illness, beyond trifling ailments quickly cured. As they traveled slowly and at their ease, it took them a long time to pass through the settled regions. This part of the journey did not interest Henry so much. He was eager for the forests and the great wilderness where his fancy had already gone before. He wanted to see deer and bears and buffaloes, trees bigger than any that grew in Maryland, and mountains and mighty rivers. But they left the settlements behind at last, and came to the unbroken forest. Here he found his hopes fulfilled. They were on the first slopes of the mountains that divide Virginia from Kentucky, and the bold, wild nature of the country pleased him. He had never seen mountains before, and he felt the dignity and grandeur of the peaks.
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