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The Recommended Fishing Book for Kids!

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I. Loved. This. Book.

Kids love picture books. It’s a time-tested fact that reading to a kid and pointing out photos on the page is a surefire way to keep their attention for long periods of time.

When I was a kid, the fishing book that I held in high regard was “Buck Wilder’s Small Fry Fishing Guide.” (Check out the amazon link to the book here)

This fishing guide for children became my youth fishing bible, and I loved to pour over the many drawings and comic book like illustrations that cover every page. At 18, I still love to laugh over the contents. Both a work of art and a true to life guide, I strongly recommend buying this book for the budding fishermen in your life.

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Three Reasons to Plant Others Roots in the Outdoors

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“As a man changes his nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him.”

In other words, “Be the change that you want to see in the world.”- Mahatma Ghandi. In this world and these changing times, this message is growing increasingly more pertinent towards the environmentalists, outdoorsmans, the conservationists, and nature-lovers of all kinds because a love for the wild does nothing if that love is not acted on. By instilling within others that same love we will be inspiring the future wildness protectors and practitioners for generations to come.

Practice what you preach and educate and inspire. Help others plant their roots in the majesty of the outdoors and by doing so you assume the voice of the songbirds and the croaking frogs, the creeping vines and the growing seeds- you employ the voice of the wild. Sometimes, all someone needs is a guiding hand.

The caveat to this is the fact that you cannot replant an already planted tree. Find someone who has roots in the electronics and the gasoline and concrete and show the love to them. It helps no one to preach to a fellow like-minded individual, instead we have to reach out to those that do not yet understand nor enjoy the outdoors. We can and must be the people that show new people what it is love nature.

“Not all who wander are lost.”

Nature lovers are not lost souls and free floating romantics. We are as grounded as anybody and must show that what we believe in is a salient and physical aspect of a healthy life. Tree-hugger sounds like cloud watcher and some undoubtedly view it as a waste of time or a fantasy ideal but it is a powerful way of viewing the forest. Sometimes we miss the trees by looking at the forest and we forget that a single tree has the power to give life and to build life. Nature lovers are not pot smoking hippies but individuals with a deep love for the natural state of the world around them. We do not hike to get lost or escape the world but hike to find ourselves. By teaching other people how to achieve that view of the world, we may just show someone their place in the world.

“The Greatest Threat to our Planet is the Belief that Someone Else Will Save it.”

If you are upset about the melting of ice caps and raising sea levels and the cutting of forests and receding ozone levels.

If you fear human caused smog and acid rain and flooding and drought.

If you fear the land to burn and the wild to hurt and the world to forget its wild roots.

If you fear these things, then you have the power to fight it. Find what you fear the most and change it by fighting for it and believing in it and supporting it because the minute we expect or rely on other people to change what we want to change, the rug may be pulled out from under us. We need everyone we can get to stand up and use that powerful voice we all can use to fix what we need to.

We can only protect the outdoors if we train an army to defend it. We do not and will not fight AGAINST, but FOR.

We can become protectors of the wild lands we love and enjoy.

My Top 5 Ways to Give Someone a Love for the Outdoors

DSCN2224At age four I was the intrepid explorer tramping through the mountain undergrowth with my family. At 10 I was constantly seeking out outdoor experiences of all kinds, begging my parents to fish or hike. Now at 17 my relationship with Mother Nature has grown stronger, strong enough to push me to educate my friends suffering from Nature Deficit Disorder. Here are my top five ways to give someone a love for the outdoors.

  1. Take Them Fishing

The best way to show someone why you love the outdoors is take them out to do what you know best. Whether fishing, hunting, hiking, or camping it will be easier for you to seem knowledgeable and answer questions if you really know the subject. My greatest love lies in fishing and getting someone hooked (pun intended) is a two step process. Step one is to show them what it’s all about. Take them to a small pond or lake for a few hours one evening and be sure they are able to catch a few fish. It doesn’t matter size or type as long as they come consistently enough to keep your fiend occupied. The trick is making them feel like they have succeeded in learning something. Step two will get them deeper into it. Take them to a mountain lake with plentiful rainbow trout populations and a fair away out of the beaten path. As one of the most beautiful and well known fish, the rainbow trout is a type that every beginning fisherman should have a chance to experience. The beauty of the mountains is also something that will help serve to take someone’s breath away. Combine the majesty of the mountains with the silver luster of a healthy trout and it makes a combination not soon forgotten. You’ll see this is true when your friend stands on the shore staring out across the lake, drinking it all in.

  1. Bring Them on a Morning Hike

Any good photographer knows that the morning and evening are among the best times to take pictures because you don’t have the harsh light of the midday sun. Rather, the light filtering down is soft and diffused and gives pictures inspirational qualities. With this in mind, it makes sense to walk the wild at this time of day. The birds are just waking up and the sound of so many kinds celebrating the morning becomes a beautiful symphony of bird calls.  If you go early enough, you won’t see a soul for the majority of your walk and your friend can take their time soaking in all the grandeur of the outdoors. If they’re the type who couldn’t possibly leave their phone in the car, going in the morning reduces the amount of possible distractions. Everyone else on their contact list is still asleep or just beginning their morning. Your friend can be relatively uninterrupted from his wild induced high.

  1. Camping with Amenities

Camping has become fairly synonymous with outdoor love and it’s for a good reason. While camping, a person has access to all things outdoors and is relatively free from ordinary hassles. I recommend starting slow and going camping where there are showers and adequate bathroom utilities for only a night or two. Nothing will turn off a person to camping more than gritty, oily skin and squatting in the woods so ease them into it. The first experience determines how a person will expect future trips so the first impression better be a good one. Don’t make them too comfortable however, teach them that camping is dirty, uncomfortable, and all around amazing. For the love of nature, do not forget the s’mores. Roasting marshmallows over an open fire is the best childlike fun a person can have on these trips and chocolate is proven to release feel good chemicals into the body that leave them looking forward to more.

  1. Regal your friend with stories

Good stories are the staple of any outdoor discipline and it’s practically required for you to tell a few while sitting around a fire. Let your friend vicariously live out your adventures by telling tales of your experience, both good and bad. Provide insightful anecdotes, make them laugh, make them gasp, make them look at you funny (ever wipe your butt with poison ivy?). Above all show that you are excited to tell them and reiterate just how much fun the great outdoors can be. Because their own experience in the outdoors may be limited, set them up to make them feel like they were there with you.

  1. Bring more friends

Personally, as many would agree, there is no problem with exploring the wilds alone. Drinking in the silence of solitude and finding joy in sinking into one’s own thoughts is part of what makes nature so alluring to those of us that enjoy it. Contrary to this philosophy is the fact that I find bringing more than one or two friends greatly increases the joy that they will get from it. For some, jumping into the silence is too little stimulation too fast. By bringing along more friends it increases the feeling of shared experience and it amplifies the good and muffles the bad. They also will feel like they have stories and memories of each other and that will make friendships last longer. Bonding can happen in the most extraordinary of ways while outside in mother nature.

Hopefully by the end of any trip, a person is struck by the memories and feelings of having had a deeper connection with the outdoors. As the next generation of outdoorsman and nature lovers, it is our responsibility to educate our fellow people on the majesty of Mother Nature. With schools removing programs such as outdoor education under the guise that they are unnecessary expense, it is extremely pertinent that we all do our very best to spread the passion. To show that, in the words of Edward Abbey, “Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit.” (Quote by Edward Abbey from Desert Solitaire)