Outdoorsy-Type Wannabe

I’m an outdoorsy-type wannabe. I want to be like those adventurers who paddle the entire Mississippi, who backpack for miles along the Superior Hiking Trail, and who look forward to their annual Boundary Waters canoe trip. I admire people who can portage a canoe over their head, who can live out of a 25-lb. backpack, and who are willing to cross-country ski in zero-degree weather. Yep, I’m a wannabe.

But it’s a challenge. I can’t identify poison ivy, I’ve never successfully started a campfire, and my hips ache when I sleep on the ground. Plus, I don’t know how to tie any of those special knots, and when it’s cold out I’d rather stay inside.

It wasn’t until the last few years that I began to engage more in outdoor activities. Now I am on this two-legged journey to enjoy and protect nature. It’s a gradual process and I’m taking baby steps toward gaining the knowledge, skills, and gear of an outdoorsy-type.


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