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Read my profile and you will know how much I get out!
I have made my life since I was a 12 year old boy in Boy Scouts to be more active in the out of doors than I ever was indoor. Even in school I daydreamed all the time of being outside. I was the one in class who could bring in animal life to school. I was the teachers pet in Art and Science. I had studied frogs,tadpoles,painted,leatherback and Snapping turtles,minnows,crayfish, chubs, birds. I once had a baby Robin in a bird cage in my room at home. I had found it in the yard and knowing that the mother would never take it back I raised it and one day I let it go when it was mature enough.
I should point out that I grew up in the country of upstate NY near Lake Ontario and Sodus NY. I learned to swim in Ontario,a creek and pond near my home. I grew up on a small 4 acre farmstead we raised in the garden and hen house much of what we ate. We rarely went to town for anything beside a Christmas for shopping. I did go to school in town(Sodus) riding the big yellow Bluebird bus to and fro.
But since high school,college and the military I have been hiking, biking and traveling for adventure 6-9 months/30 days at a time every year since 1977 when I was 21. Thirty seven years now.
Currently I live in a very small village of a town in southwestern Utah. I am surrounded by wilderness where less than 100 years ago Southern Paiute Indians roamed and lived.
My ancestors on my fathers side were 1/2 Indian so I have always felt more at home in the wilds. And have trained myself to live outdoors and learn survival skills in the many climate zones of the USA.
I get bored with work and after saving about $1000 I take off and bike tour and backpack for about 4 months then stop and work again and then move on sometime later again.
I told my Pap and Mam I was gonna run off and be a Mountain Man...from Jeremiah Johnson clip below at this link