My Passion for Nature and the Outdoors

I have long been in love with nature. The trees, waters, fields, azure sky, and everything associated with them. Since I have such a great fondness for the outdoors, I go camping, hiking, fishing, hunting, backpacking, canoeing, rock climbing, sight-seeing, and anyhting else I can do with nature. To make arrangements for these such activities and to make them more frequent I have been a member of the Boy Scouts for a long time. In fact I have just earned my Eagle Scout rank, the highest award a Scout can get. This allows me to do all the stuff I like in the outdoors without having to neccessarily plan it myself. Such big trips I've taken with the Scouts are: a week of summer camp at Many Point Scout Reservation for the last eight years, sleeping in a snow shelter in freezing weather, backpacking along the Superior Hiking Trail, and canoeing and camping in the Boundary Water Canoe Area Wilderness. But not all I do in the outdoors is with the Boy Scouts. I live on the Rum River, a great canoeing and fishing river. I often get out my family's canoe and go fishing on the river for smallmouth bass and northern pike. The Rum River is a great river for bass and northerns. I have also gone camping locally since I don't live in any kind of city or town where there are no woods to do so in. Our house has a 1/4 mile long driveway and a wooded plot of land with it. I have raised and tended an orchard of cherry, pear, and apple trees on our land. Besides local stuff I often go musky fishing with my friends. Muskies are the most challenging and vicious freshwater gamefish and provide much enjoyment when fishing for them. I also go up to Canada in the summer to fish musky in Ontario's lakes. I hunt deer in Minnesota by rifle and bow and hunt all sorts of small game and birds. Until recently I had also been trapping animals for furs. Once in a while I will go rock climbing at an indoor place in the Twin Cities or to Interstate Park to free-hand climb the rock walls there. In the future I would like to go backpacking in and around Denali in Alaska with a significant other.

Below are some pictures gathered from some of my outdoors adventures. Click on the picture to see the full size one.

Pictures from my hiking trip along the Superior Hiking Trail
Me on a cliff edge Chillin' on the moss

Pictures from a bush flying outfit in Canada
A nice musky Me and the Otter The DHC-6 on a lake The Otter again

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