Some of the e-mail received during the OutWest trip:
"So far, am enjoying the TWZ
page. Love the animated cartoons."
"Great job about the Bitterroot
"What the hell do you think
you're doing? You think you're on vacation? No! Your job is to
provide me with cheap entertainment"
Your man Montgomery
"We were staying at the Yellow
House attached to Blue Ribbon Flies while you had your adventures
in the Madison River Valley. My husband was George's friend you
mentioned in your article. I got your web site address from
George, and I've been reading and very much enjoying your
articles on the net since. I especially enjoy (and apparently,
share your feelings about) the "Rush to Nowhere"
segment! We shared a copy of your article about Hwy 287 with
George via fax through Blue Ribbon Flies. Good luck with the rest
of your trip! We share your feelings about the beauty and
uniqueness of Montana and its people
it's a wonderful
El Paso, Texas
"Enjoying your travels and your
"It is very entertaining, by the way. For me, it's kind of like getting a daily email from you, so I forget you're writing for the masses. .. The writing is always wonderful I'm enjoying them very much Keep 'em coming." Catherine Ludden
"Great dispatch. I betcha that
trout tasted damned fine, especially since you had to work for
it. Why is it that some foods (watermelons, apples) taste
*better* when you steal them, and others taste better when you've
had to drag your balls through a few miles of broken glass to get
them. Anyhow, nice post."
Thomas S. Montgomery
"I'm really loving reading
about your trip, lost fishing poles and (nearly) Zelda and all. I
guess traveling vicariously is the next best thing."
"Like your WEB SITE! It is
TOTALLY COOL! It is fun to watch every day. I like the way the
cartoons are animated (car driving off into the sunset or Zelda
moving her head in and out of the car) I also like the red boxes.
It must be hard to come up with creative material every
"Great work. i can't read it
every day but love it when i can take half an hour and catch up.
loved the photo of the van camp site."
"Been following your trip. It
really has been fun. I quickly settled into the rythm(sp?) of the
thing and look forward to checking up on you every day or so. And
not just cuz I know you. The personal stuff mixed with the local
color is very effective. Good art choices, too
goes well, with the exception of whatever disasters, freakish
accidents, and tragic Acts of God that would make for a good
"Just to tell you your site is
great. I've been looking at it almost every day, and I think it's
very cool that you can do this while you're on the road."
Posada Sr. Maņana
"Lovely to see the heart and
soul poured on. Must be well to be so equipped and think you are
kind of pulling it off. Hope against hope that you made up the
story today about the guy crawling away from the grizzly--so
pynchonesque if made up- so?"
"Today's story had me crying
before I got to the end....thank God Zel isokay...what a night
that must have been."
"I must say I'm impressed with
the site and can see this thing's potential now much clearer than
before. It's a great concept and a great web site. Your stories
are good and will only get better I'm sure as more adventures in
more adventurous areas take place."
"What I want to know is how can
a guy who travels for a living forget his tent? I can see
forgetting your collapsible drinking glass. I can even see
forgetting your mess kit. But your whole damn tent? I've really
been enjoying your reports, and I'm glad Zelda returned. Good
luck with the bugs."
"Hi - I've really been enjoying
your "Travels with Zelda" via the Duluth News Tribune
on the net. The only thing I wish you'd mention more is how Zelda
is doing on this trip and how she's enjoying it. Nice pictures,
tho. Fun finding something like this on the Internet.
"The site is working great. I
love the cartoons changing frames. The photos come through very
sharp and the narratives are really good. However, the night with
the mosquitoes sounded truly hideous. so, so far, we desk-bound
types don't have to feel too jealous. Especially me. I'm headed
out for dinner by the pool, a quick dip on a balmy evening, and a
little play time with the puppy."
"Your story is not believable.
No intoxicants? We need a bit of Hunter Thompson to balance the
"Can't believe you're getting
paid for this."