Who The Heck….


Long story, real short version…   

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Tommy Haynie

Hometown – Fort Myers, Fla

Allen Park Elementary

Ft. Myers Jr High

Rabun Gap Nacoochee School

Fort Myers Senior High 70


1970 – 1978  Truck driver; Scattered thoughts; as my friends went through college – I drove 24/7 delivering fresh produce throughout the mid-west and east coast.

AFD 055 Tom G Haynie

Tom G Haynie – AFD 055

1979 – 2010. From 8-weeks of initial fire-training my objective became clear; “10-10-10.” Ten years as a firefighter, 10 years as an officer; and a final ten years in some other capacity – I’m a lucky guy, it worked…  It was a journey through a traditional structural fire-fighting organization, into the most recent of accredited emergency care providers.  A thirty-one year career among an awesome family of workers within the City of Asheville, NC and its Fire Department.

  • Metro, Engine 15 B, 1979-1981
  • West, Engine 6 B, 1982
  • West, Engine 3 B, 1983 – 1989
  • Metro, Capt. Ladder 1 A, 1990 – 1993
  • North, Capt. Engine 7 A, 1994 – 1997
  • West, Capt. Rescue 3, Ladder 33 A, 1997 – 2000
  • Central, Capt. Haz-mat Engine 2 C, 2000 – 2001
  • Bat 2,3, Batt Chief B and C shifts, Admin SOG’s;  2001 – 2006
  • South, Capt. Engine 4 B, 2006 – 2007
  • East, Capt. Engine 8 B, 2007 – 2010

Class A CDL – Emergency Medical Technician – Firefighter I,II,III – Hazardous Materials Technician, Operations – Swift Water Rescue II,III – Open Water, Advanced, Rescue Dive Certified – Confined Space/Trench Rescue – Fire/Rescue Insrtructor – Fire Inspector – Fire Officer I, II – Fire Educator –  Associates Degree Fire Service Technology – Fire Management Certification


– it was one fine ride



Retired after 31 years because I could.  Miss my cohorts but happily away from dealing with all those ‘doggone people” (fundamentally, I believe that each person should manage their own ‘vessel’)



Now’s basically about there being “a whole world out there!” and finding opportunities to explore the waters along the way (listed to your right).  It doesn’t hurt that ‘paddling’ is cost effective – plus, I find that time spent usually allows a primitive, peaceful, and ‘real-time’ perspective to this awesome landscape about us.

The hardest thing about paddlin; is getting out the door.” tgh

There are several types of paddling along with various reason’s WHY? folks paddle.  If interested, find your reason – and do it your way.  Personally I like distance, in a casual manner during the spring or fall.  Early placid mornings are the best! but there are many meaningful moments on flat to class II waters to absorb…  I’m just using these two little portholes that life has provided while crossing a few of ‘lifes-circles‘ along the way.

The blog is simply a tangible reference and potential foundation for more ‘circles‘ to close; trip-report style; all uncharted waters for me.  The grammar skills represented are basic – but I like fewer rules, kinda like building a ‘hot-rod’  (no rules) it’s just easier.  I’m really proud that folks like you reference it, “thank-you.”

“The water was as level as life is good.”  tgh




Now and then I stop and touch the bottom – ‘default‘ is a small lake among the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.


” You have but two opportunities to do the things that interest you; 1) right now! or 2) the absolute first moment that the opportunity presents itself! – otherwise, those interests could be lost in your desires forever.” – tgh


When [you are to make] a speech…don’t jot down notes to speak from, jot down pictures. It is awkward and embarrassing to have to keep referring to notes; and besides it breaks up your speech and makes it ragged and noncoherent; but you can tear up your pictures as soon as you have made them–they will stay fresh and strong in your memory in the order and sequence in which you scratched them down. And many will admire to see what a good memory you are furnished with, when perhaps your memory is not any better than mine”Mark Twain @1917.

Unsure why I included this quote – but paddin has some refectivity in it.  If you’re doing it as I have; it’s nice to make a return trip now and then.

The pictures that I make along the way are my main notes, it’s easy, and comes with the added dimension of feeling ‘presence’ within that moment.


have a nice paddle…




tamarackidd – bacshortly@yahoo


12 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sherrie
    Apr 20, 2014 @ 03:25:28

    Love the photo above, where you’re standing by a river, with red rock walls around you, blue kayak behind. Nice shot.



  2. Tom Guinan
    Aug 20, 2014 @ 08:17:20

    I would love to get in contact with you, as I have wanted to travel the miss river all my life and believe I am close to doing so. Would like to know of plans for your pontoon, dimensions of shelter and such. Have read free bird many times and continue to enjoy it. Please write back to tommieboy



  3. Tom Haynie (bacshortly)
    Aug 20, 2014 @ 13:31:53

    Hey Tom, the questions section ( http://bacshortly.wordpress.com/questions/ ) of the Mississippi trip has a lot of the information – or email me at tomhaynie@yahoo and I’ll do my best with answers. For sure, read Life on the Mississippi by Mark Twain before hand, and then do it! especially if it is something that has been on your mind, and do it your way…. awesome adventure



  4. Nancy Holyfield
    Sep 28, 2015 @ 07:16:09

    Wow, I just read your blog about going down the Mississippi river and you have so inspired me. But, you know what, I was raised in Memphis and now live in Arkansas. The river isn’t that far from me. I have wanted to take a trip down it all my life. Mark Twain is one of my favorite authors. Something about loving Mark Twain and also loving the Mississippi River-seems like this is something I will have to do. You have helped me decide that I am going to do just that.



    • Tom Haynie (bacshortly)
      Sep 29, 2015 @ 07:28:09

      Thats neat Nancy, by all means – give it a go. The trip is absolutley ‘doable,’ just takes a little humility for the ride of a lifetime. The ‘Questions’ part answers alot – but if you need more, email me….. oh yeah, dont’ let what others say deter you, do it YOUR way! Thanks for your note….



  5. George T. Jenkins
    Oct 06, 2016 @ 14:22:29

    Hi Tom, just read your Fort Myers segment. It took me back and reminded me of the sights, smells and sounds of my childhood. A wonderful read that opened a window into the past.



  6. Richard
    Jun 10, 2017 @ 23:45:22

    Looks like you’re having a great time. Saw your website written on the inside of a bear box at Echo amphitheater in New Mexico. Enjoy!



    • Tom Haynie (bacshortly)
      Jun 11, 2017 @ 06:09:30

      Life is Good Richard, must be that you’re enjoying yours also… thanks for the note, I appreciate it.



  7. Lin Hetherington
    Jun 21, 2018 @ 18:57:09

    love the blog. Just started kayaking “my way”. Spent the month of June in Florida doing some Springs, i.e. Wekiva, Ginnie, etc. Back home now in ATL and can’t stop thinking about the water! Definitely looking at Seed Lake, as well as Weiss Lake in Alabama. Any advise for a ‘newbie’ on either? THANKS!!!!!



    • Tom Haynie (bacshortly)
      Jun 22, 2018 @ 07:17:44

      Sounds like you are in finding ‘your way’ Lin, for some ‘paddling’ is a refuge – a good place to search a soul; difficult to do with a crowd. The hardest part is getting out the door, you can do it. Maybe we’ll catch you out there sometime – I’m still searching mine..



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