Tiny Fish and Gentle Giants

Kathy pointing at a pod of passing humpbacks in Monterey Bay out of Moss Landing. Photo by Steven T. Callan

Kathy pointing at a pod of passing humpbacks. Photo by author

It was early September when Kathy and I arrived in Pacific Grove to find the whole town buzzing with excitement. Something strange was going on, the likes of which no one had ever seen. Water temperatures in Monterey Bay were reportedly five degrees warmer than normal for this time of year. Baitfish numbers were off the charts, and wherever anchovies, sardines, and other prey species swam, congregations of larger fish, seabirds, and marine mammals followed. Among the marine mammals in relentless pursuit of these tiny, silver-sided fish were sea lions, dolphins, and the largest creatures on earth—the whales.

Revisiting the Eastern Sierra

Mount Whitney, the tallest mountain in the lower forty-eight states, is the peak in the background with the jagged spires. Photo by author.

My first opportunity to visit California’s magnificent Eastern Sierra came in late April 1975, while I was a young Fish and Game warden stationed on the Colorado River. During the next three and a half years, I was sent to the Eastern Sierra six more times. My assignments included working the opening weekend of trout season at Crowley Lake, the opening weekend of deer season near Walker, and covering the June Lake Loop while district warden “Bigfoot” Johnson was on vacation. Regardless the duty, I couldn’t wait to go.

Author Steven T. Callan receives the "Best Outdoor Book of 2016" award, from the Outdoor Writers Association of California, for his sequel, The Game Warden's Son.

“Best Outdoor Book of 2016” — The Game Warden’s Son

Author Steven T. Callan receives the "Best Outdoor Book of 2016" award, from the Outdoor Writers Association of California, for his sequel, The Game Warden's Son.

Outdoor Writers Association of California president Tom Martens and yours truly.

Last week, the Outdoor Writers Association of California presented me with the “Best Outdoor Book of 2016” award for my sequel, The Game Warden’s Son. What an honor to be recognized by this prestigious group of outstanding professional writers. I couldn’t be more excited!

Author Steven T. Callan and friend at a book signing for his new book, The Game Warden's Son, at the Redding Sportsman's Expo, April 1, 2017

Scenes from a Book Signing: Redding Sportsman’s Expo

Author Steven T. Callan and friend at a book signing for his new book, The Game Warden's Son, at the Redding Sportsman's Expo, April 1, 2017

Last Saturday’s book signing at the Redding Sportsman’s Expo was a fun-filled day for Kathy and me. We made a lot of new friends and were elated to have so many old friends drop by from all over Northern California. It was heartwarming to receive so many kind words about my books.

Getting to know so many wonderful people who share our passion for nature and reconnecting with old friends are what this adventure is all about. Thanks so much to everyone for your support.

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Author Steven T. Callan and friends at the book signing for THE GAME WARDEN'S SON at the Chico Costco

Chico Costco Book Signing a Sellout

Author Steven T. Callan and friends at the book signing for THE GAME WARDEN'S SON at the Chico Costco

It was a day Kathy and I will not soon forget. Last Saturday’s Chico Costco book signing began with a friendly greeting from Jani, one of Costco’s outstanding staff members. Jani couldn’t have been more helpful and accommodating as we set about getting our table ready for the big event.

And then they came! Several longtime friends from Chico and Orland paid us a much-appreciated visit; it warmed our hearts to see so many of our old friends. We were also treated to visits from dozens of new friends.

To all who honored us by dropping by on Saturday, thank you so much. Visiting with you, learning your stories, and having your support made this adventure one we will always remember.

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Author Steven T. Callan and friends at a book signing for The Game Warden's Son at the Redding Costco Store on February 4, 2017

Redding Costco Book Signing a Sellout

Author Steven T. Callan and friends at a book signing for The Game Warden's Son at the Redding Costco Store on February 4, 2017

Last Saturday’s Redding Costco book signing was special for Kathy and me. We had the opportunity to visit with many old friends, lots of wonderful new friends, and even a few future game wardens. We also sold out in record time. Thank you, everyone!

The next stop on our book tour is the Chico Costco, Saturday, February 11; I’ll be signing copies of The Game Warden’s Son and Badges, Bears, and Eagles.

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Mount Whitney Fish Hatchery, which is featured in "Crowley Trout Opener," a chapter in Badges, Bears, and Eagles--The True-Life Adventures of a California Fish and Game Warden by Steven T. Callan.

Crowley Trout Opener

Mount Whitney Fish Hatchery, which is featured in "Crowley Trout Opener," a chapter in Badges, Bears, and Eagles--The True-Life Adventures of a California Fish and Game Warden by Steven T. Callan.

Mount Whitney Fish Hatchery. Photo by Kathy Callan.

The last weekend in April marked the opening of trout season in California’s Eastern Sierra Mountains. This annual spectacle rivals the Mardi Gras in New Orleans or spring break in Palm Beach.

Highway 395 out of the Los Angeles basin was jammed with a steady stream of cars, trucks, motor homes, and trailers, all the way to Bridgeport. Every motel in Lone Pine, Bishop, Mammoth Lakes, Lee Vining, and Bridgeport was booked and every campsite was full. What Christmas is to department stores, trout opener was to businesses in the Eastern Sierras. Fish and Game wardens from all over Southern California were commandeered to leave their own manageable districts and spend three days in virtual chaos.

Scenes from a Book Signing: International Sportsmen’s Expo, Sacramento

Author Steven T. Callan and friends at the book signing for The Game Warden's Son at the International Sportsmen's Expo in Sacramento

Kathy and I have wanted to do a book signing at the International Sportsmen’s Expo in Sacramento for several years now. Thanks to Chad Woods, owner and publisher of Nor Cal Fish Reports and My Outdoor Buddy, we had the opportunity last Saturday.

What a great time we had, meeting people from all over Northern and Central California and visiting with a few old friends. Thank you to all who stopped by.

Here are a few photos from this memorable day.