Saturday, February 24, 2018

Joe Caton

Joe takes in eclipse atop Beartooths

A conversation with Joe Caton
BHCN: Hello, Joe.
Joe: Hello, how are you doing today?
BHCN: I’m doing fine. How about yourself?
Joe: I’m doing okay. I just got through finishing up the day fishing with Rusty Rokita and his pal Scott from Bozeman. Both of them are big fishermen and great people to spend the day with. We had a lot of fun.
BHCN: What other fishing did you do this week? 
Joe: Well, I actually did quite a bit of fishing this week and I made it to the top of the Beartooths for the big event between the moon and the sun. 
BHCN: How did that go?
Joe: It went pretty well. Up there I could look to the north way into Montana – and it was a little lighter – and could look half way across Wyoming – and it got darker looking that way. It was a strange darkness, it was very strange. It wasn’t that dark, but I can’t describe it. The temperature dropped about 10 to 15 degrees up on the mountain when that happened, but it came right back up. I did notice when the temperature [dropped, it became a bit] breezy up there with the all the wind coming up from the canyons in the Beartooths.
BHCN: That’s an interesting aspect of this eclipse. I heard the same thing about the temperature dropping here in Hardin. That really lets you know how critical the sun is.
Joe: Oh, yeah. Without the sun, we wouldn’t be here.
BHCN: It also shows how critical God’s placement of the sun away from the earth is.
Joe: There was some engineering there that was a little better than we even understand. 
BHCN: Yes, it was. I’ve heard scientists talking about how changing the distance of the sun or any of the planets closer or further away by only the smallest degree would dramatically affect the climate here, and could even make the earth uninhabitable.
Joe: I’ve heard that too. It’s amazing just how well our universe is balanced with the whole menagerie that’s up there: the sun, the moon and whatever is circling up there. It’s amazing how well things have been put together to be so beneficial for us. All the other planets, as far as we know, are uninhabitable. That’s why I push so hard for us to do all we can to take care of this earth for all the other folks coming up in the years to come.
BHCN: It’s important. I interrupted your fishing story, so tell me about the other fishing you did this past week.
Joe: We did a bit of night crawler fishing – working on the catfish that are in the river now. There are certain pockets and areas you can fish night crawlers and catch catfish out of the Bighorn. We also caught some bass and had a walleye or sauger – we didn’t get it in close enough to tell which one it was. And, of course, when you fish with night crawlers, you will catch a lot of trout too. We had a trout dinner, which was excellent.
BHCN: Were you using anything different to go after the bass?
Joe: No, we used the same thing: night crawlers.
BHCN: Okay, so you were fishing with night crawlers and taking whatever would take them?
Joe: Right, night, crawlers will take about anything there is. We were mainly targeting catfish for a nice catfish dinner, which we did have, but also caught a few trout that we had to keep. Whenever you’re bait fishing, you’re gonna hook stuff deep, and you just cannot release it.
BHCN: Yeah, that’s the good and bad about bait fishing.
Joe: We had a variety of fillets, and it was all good.
BHCN: I can imagine. Fresh fish dinner would be good. What else did you get done this past week?
Joe: That’s about it. I finished up by picking a few chokecherries, and I got a few apples in my yard that I will turn into apple pies. I don’t make them, but my sisters are very good at it, so I give them some apples and maybe get lucky and get some apple pies out of  the deal.
BHCN: It’s that time of year to start dealing with the fruit harvest, especially apples. We’ve been getting a nice crop of raspberries for several weeks now. 
Joe: Yes, it is. You know, as time goes on, I don’t eat a lot of sugar, but I will eat some apples and whatnot. I really try to avoid anything that has white sugar or white flour. We’ve gotten so well developed in all our supper technology that we’ve overdeveloped that stuff, and it’s not healthy anymore. It looks absolutely beautiful out in the field and the crops produce very well, but my problem is it’s not edible – in my world, anyway.
BHCN: That’s sad, but the reality is – even in its highly-processed state – it’s still better for you than the artificial alternates.
Joe: Oh, yeah. The artificial stuff I can’t spell or pronounce, I truly avoid that.
BHCN: Tell me some more about experiencing the total eclipse up on the Beartooths. 
Joe: Well, back to the darkness or dimness that occurred. It’s not quite like dawn in the morning, you know, before the sun comes up or when the sun goes down in the evening. It wasn’t that type; it was kind of a strange dimness, actually. It didn’t get pitch black dark out, just a strange dimness, and it didn’t last all that long before it got lighter again. I did notice that when I got there, there were a few birds around. As it got darker, they disappeared for a while.
BHCN: So the darkness bothered them.
Joe: Yeah, they might have thought it was evening. It wasn’t that big of an event, but it was a good excuse to get up on top of the Beartooths to the place I really like to go. I got up early in the morning and was there about an hour early, so I enjoyed doing a bit of meditating. It was my way of being in the church, so to speak.
BHCN: I understand that. How much of an eclipse occurred? Sixty, 80, 90 percent?
Joe: I would say about 95 percent. At least somewhere in there. 
BHCN: I bet that was a pretty sight too, wasn’t it?
Joe: Oh, yeah. 
BHCN: Joe, thanks for sharing your eclipse experience. That’s all we have time for this week, so I’ll call you again next week.
Joe: Okay, have a great week.