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My American Love Affair

My American Love Affair
View of the "Old Faithful" geyser which erupts on average every 90 minutes in the Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming on June 1, 2011. (Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)

Tuesday, 07 August 2018 12:49 PM Current | Bio | Archive

I am here to confirm that America is a clean, green, wonderful country full of wonder, magic, and charm. I have spent the better part of two weeks exploring my old stomping grounds in Southwestern Montana. I also made my way into Wyoming and Idaho along the way. I am still in the afterglow.

I fly fished for native Cutthroats and Grayling. I watched in awe as Rainbows and Browns ripped my line laser straight and I had epic battles in the cold clear waters of The Madison, Jefferson, Big Hole, and Beaverhead. My family and I kayaked in waters so clear we could see the trout circling 25 feet below the surface and then rising to ignore our flies just to suck something else off the surface. The fish tormented Ivey and me at times and yet we stared in wonder. My kids were taken by the rugged beauty and adventure of it all.

We fell in love with America all over again.

My family and I watched Old Faithful expel tens of thousands of gallons of boiling water and had buffalo so close we could almost smell their breath. No, we did not get liquored up and challenge the buffalo to a fight like we saw on the news as we were coming to the end of our journey. We decided that one decidedly bad apple was plenty for now.

From the underground wonders of Lewis and Clark Caverns to the sparkling clear waters of America’s largest wild river The Yellowstone, I can tell you we live in a spectacular nation and anyone who thinks otherwise simply must not travel or gets all of their information from The Onion.

Throughout our odyssey we were greeted by friendly smiles from all kinds of people. Those that spoke English and those that did not. Everyone able to appreciate the splendor of this incredible nation we are fortunate enough to call home.

Emerald green waters in Wade and Cliff Lakes wash away the idea that America is a dirty place and we are destroying the planet. We spent a few minutes watching the artistic grace of a woman fly-fishing and ourselves spent time doing the same. There is just nothing like the feeling of the line snapping straight and a trout bursting from the stream. A horseback ride near West Yellowstone will restore your spirit and your faith in our stewardship of the land, air, and water.

I didn’t see a cable news program or hear a single talk radio program for 10 days. I truly unplugged from the constant drum beat of negative commentators telling us in excruciating detail every little thing that is or more likely could be wrong with everything in the world today. I didn’t dwell at all on the politics of the midterm elections that are now much closer than before I boarded the plane the last best place.

However, as I sit here and think about the splendor that is America I realize once again that it is up to each and every one of us to fight for her. We must defend this nation from those that would tear her down. We must stand up and deny any progress to anarchists and communists that would turn Yellowstone National Park into a collective farm and you and me into serfs.

The clear streams of America’s West give me a clear vision of what is important for America and what is truly worth fighting for. Teddy Roosevelt knew that respecting the land was an inescapable responsibility for all Americans. He also knew that is took a big stick to defend her from threats both foreign and domestic. It is good to be home for there is much work to be done before November and for the rest of my like and yours.

I will always defend what is best about this country and set the record straight when I hear those around regurgitating myths about how The United States is solely responsible for polluting the world or causing man made global warming. It just isn’t true.

If you don’t believe me then you too should buy an airline ticket for Bozeman or Boise and find out for yourself.

I have an outright love affair with America and I think everyone else should too. Next year we are evaluating what other National Parks and regions of the country should be explored on our American journey. I am sure they will not disappoint either. #FishOn

Steve Gruber is a conservative talk show host with 25 affiliates in Michigan. "The Steve Gruber Show" launched in 2012 with just four affiliates and has grown into the most powerful name in talk radio across Michigan. Steve has been named “Best Morning Personality” by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters five years in a row. His conservative, common-sense philosophy was developed during his time growing up in rural Michigan. Steve’s early career found him in several newsrooms including WILX, Lansing where he honed his investigative journalism and interviewing skills. He became the main news anchor of the station and before long was offered a job with NBC in Columbus, Ohio. While working for NBC, he covered the incredible launch of John Glenn, age 77, into space at Cape Canaveral, White Supremacists in Ohio, and the deadly game of selling prescription medication online. Steve was nominated for an Emmy in 2000. To read more of this reports — Click Here Now.

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