Is it time for Tom Oar to give up the MOUNTAIN MEN lifestyle and head off for a life of relaxation and retirement in Florida?
“We’ll ride that horse when we get to it,” Tom said in a recent episode, featuring a visit from his grandson, Tanner:
It looks like that horse is trotting up to the fence tonight in the season finale of History Channel’s Mountain Men.
It’s easy to understand why Oar’s family wants him to be with them down in Florida; how could you not worry about your father living in a harsh environment like the Montana winter, fending off bears and raking snow off the roof to prevent cave-ins, particularly when he is getting older and not as ambulatory as he once was? But, boy, from Montana to Florida—that’s a big change.
Will Tom and his wife Nancy decide to make the change?
This isn’t the first time his family has suggested—strongly—that the couple get out of the Montana wilderness and move down to Florida, where the winters are gentle and family for Tom and Nancy would be readily available. Right now, of course, they have no family and a few scattered friends whom they rely on when times are tough. But, that’s the way of the mountain man: reliance on each other, whether that be friends or family. And, in fact, everyone becomes family when you are living in a demanding environment like snowy Montana wilderness.
Still, there is nothing like true family. But, Tanner seemed pretty impressed with his grandfather, realizing that, 70ish or not, ol’ Gramps is still a pretty tough guy. Perhaps his trip and what he learned will help some of the rest of the family to realize that Tom isn’t quite done just yet.
Then again, after decades of harsh winters and hard living, Tom and Nancy may just be ready to do a little relaxing in the sun somewhere—and Florida might be just the place. According to History Channel, on tonight’s season finale, “Misty Mountain”:
“Winter has finally come to a close, spelling big changes for Tom, who bids farewell to an old friend and packs his bags for Florida. In the Ruby Valley, Rich grooms his youngest hound to take over the pack, but an influx of cougars finds the pup in over his head. In North Carolina, Eustace takes a dangerous trip down a rapid river to deliver the canoe he built to pay off his loan. In Maine, Charlie takes his furs to market and hopes to break even on his rookie season, while in Alaska, Marty enjoys a reunion with his family, then makes big plans for the future.”
How big will the changes be for Tom and Nancy? Is the trip to Florida for good, or just a vacation to visit family? And, I have to wonder, man, what kind of golden canoe has Eustace built to pay off that loan?
Mountain Men airs tonight, Sunday, September 29, on History Channel at 9/8c.
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