Off the Beaten Path
by Don Schafer
Growing up I had the opportunity to spend time immersing myself in outdoor
activities. We were a boating family and most warm weather weekends were spent on the lake skiing, fishing, or just floating. My dad and I would attend the boat show every year dreaming of the next boat. For a few years, we headed up to Michigan and vacationed at a little cabin resort where we would spend our time on the water fishing. I still love the water whether I’m canoeing on a river or hiking along a stream, it is where I am most at peace. We would also take the occasional family vacation away from the water. One year we trekked up the east coast through Maine, Canada, and back through Michigan. While in Boston, I saw my first sign of homelessness as we walked through Boston Common Park. My first
National Park was Smokey Mountain National Park where we saw wildlife I had only seen in a zoo, like bears and elk. We also visited Rocky Mountain National Park where I was in awe of the immensity of the mountains. As a Boy Scout, I bike camped through Shenandoah National Park. I remember riding one morning not being able to see two feet in front of me through the fog. All of these experiences have helped form who I would eventually become as an adult. READ MORE>>>
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