One of the delights of living in this territory is the connections we have formed with interesting people who do interesting and compelling things with their lives. Hank and Laura Minor have returned to Sisters after a sojourn in the Seneca country of New York, and on Tuesday they invited Ceili and I to join them in a training session with their Red-tailed Hawk Dex.
Hank is a long-time, serious falconer. In a profile in The Nugget Newspaper back in 2017, he said:
“I apprenticed under hardcore game hawkers who had a number-one rule: fly your bird hard and fly it often.”
In that spirit, we shared a morning workout with Dex — and it was wonderful. A privilege and an honor.