Dog, Dodge and Dietz

Earlier this week I headed out into Ohio’s worst snow storm of the winter to spend some time in the “wilderness” of southern Ohio. Here I am at the start of my adventure, with my trusty Dodge 4-wheeler and 4-month-old Golden Retriever. (She has not yet proven she can be trusty, but being a Golden she will unquestionably prove herself before long.) Read on to learn about the Dietz.My destination was a tiny log cabin down a treacherous road. (Only Ohio road builders would put a 100 degree turn in the road at the bottom of 10% slope!) It is nestled in a ravine on the edge of the Appalachian Mountains. Without electricity or running water it was a perfect place to retreat from the distractions of the modern world. (Special thanks to my friend, Jerry, for letting me use it!)

Besides my dog and my Dodge, I took little else but water, a few books that I value and my Dietz lantern. I have a love affair with Dietz lanterns, a product invented in New York in the 1800’s. We’ve carried it since the day we opened in 1955. Its main claim to fame is that it will burn in “any” weather (something we’ve actually tested, but have never been able to disprove). I love it because it is easy to use, totally silent and rock steady reliable.

For 24 hours, I did little else but sleep, think, pray, read and walk.

My walks included a treacherous ice-covered path through through the ravine at left. A breathtakingly beautiful scene unfolded around every corner, making it well worth the walk.

So, what did I learn on this little retreat?

First, when hiking through beautiful ice-covered ravines, you will enjoy it more if you don’t think about how it would feel to slip and fall on the rocks or roll down the hillside into the icy water.

Second, remember to put first things first. For me, it’s faith, family, then work. The problem is that I enjoy my work so much that sometimes I get the order reversed. This time alone was perfect for helping me get things right again.

What are your secrets for keeping your life on the right track?

Galen Lehman

About Galen Lehman

Lehman's CEO and son of founder Jay Lehman. Homesteads on five acres. Believes in a Simpler Life...rewarding relationships, fresh, local (preferably homegown) food and the gratification of hard work. Plant a tree!

7 thoughts on “Dog, Dodge and Dietz

  1. We often say we put faith first, then family and then work, but our real lives show otherwise. Thanks for the post and the great reminder about what is really important.

  2. My mom bought me a little Dietz lantern for the post-war lionel trainset my father left behind. As ‘city people’ we had no clues as to how it worked. Fifty years later, the Dietz are a Godsend to me.