This is the introduction for my book, which is almost complete. I wanted to release it to help generate interest. I will be sending the stories and articles to my editor soon. And I have a promising lead that could mean it might go direct to print, rather than being self-published. Fingers crossed. I’ll keep the updates coming. Thanks to all who have been visiting my site – I really appreciate it.
Paddling, rock climbing, hunting and fishing can be extremely dangerous activities. They can also be very rewarding. There is wisdom to be gained during our adventures as we go through this life. We can gain greater self-confidence from the obstacles we overcome, and the successes we experience during our quests. We learn to trust our companions in many ways we may not comprehend until long after each journey’s end. This book is a collection of short stories, and also contains several “how-to” sections which should help you become a more efficient and successful self-guide. It is highly suggested that anyone reading these stories and articles become keenly aware of the many dangers involved in these hobbies. There are many resources available in print and online, including this book, which will assist you in that regard. Always be honest with yourself concerning your physical and mental capabilities, and do not tread lightly into unknown territories. It could result in the loss of your life – or that of someone you care for.
My goal in this writing is first to tell of some of my more adventurous and interesting stories, including life lessons I gathered from the experiences, while encouraging readers to become self-guides themselves. Second, I will give some specific tips and tactics for becoming more efficient and successful in the art of self-guided excursions. This I hope will enrich your travels, and inspire you to get out and explore your local waters and forests. Third, I hope the writing, while being engaging and descriptive of many beautiful places, will also bring some awareness of the need to conserve and properly manage these irreplaceable natural resources – be they living creatures, bodies of water or trees and plant life. Our rivers, lakes, streams and forests need our help, and we should always strive to practice a leave no trace philosophy when out-of-doors. The future of these magical places and unique wildlife depend on our careful and thoughtful stewardship. We own nothing of the land; this is not possible. We are only being allowed to trespass at present and should never forget this.
Within these writings are tales of fishing and hunting expeditions, as well as rock climbing trips. And of course there are a plethora of photographs provided to back up many of my wild claims! I have been joined by a few very close friends and family members who will also be featured at times. For it is often those we venture abroad with, that ultimately enrich the journeys we undertake to their fullest potential. This is the first volume of my most rewarding and unique wanderings to date. I hope you can enjoy, learn and be inspired from the accounts within.