Robert Kimber has spent much of his life in country places and pursuits. His books, which include A Canoeist’s Sketchbook; Upcountry: Reflections from a Rural Life; and Living Wild and Domestic: The Education of a Hunter-Gardener, reflect those interests, as do numerous articles written for Audubon, Field & Stream, Yankee, Down East and a number of other magazines. With his wife, Rita, he has also collaborated on over forty translations from the German. 
Mar 01 2008
In the summer of 1955, the year my father quit his job with the Bankers Trust Company in New York City and bought Big Jim Pond Camps-the year, that is, when my father took a flier and did what he had always wanted to do, which was own and run a hunting and fishing camp in Maine-he discovered after just a couple of months at Big Jim that substantial as the place may have looked to the casual eye, it was tender and vulnerable as a newborn baby, in need of constant coddling and attention if it were not to succumb to the heat, humidity, rot, rust and decay of Maine summers, the crushing weight of winter snows, the rank growth of alders that kept marching, marching against this tiny beachhead of cleared land, threatening to engulf it if they were not constantly beaten back.