What can be said about my daughter? Kaitlin is one of the most beautiful, intelligent and dynamic individuals I have ever met. Of all the people on this planet (and not in the interest of vanity), we are, in my opinion, the most closely aligned in idealism and philosophy while remaining individualistic in our preferred application of of outdoor recreation. If I would have been able to plan and design a remarkable child, I could not have imagined a daughter that would defy my expectations and expand the core of my beliefs.
From a young age she has been an avid reader. I have fond memories of vacations to our family cabin, when she would lay awake at night pouring over a book she just couldn’t put down. To me, reading and the outdoors go together like a nap in a hammock; they are both great but better together. Kaitlin was just 8 years old at the time, but at 16 years of age not much has changed, with the exception of her perceptions. The same could be said of us all.
I was recently divorced as Kaitlin lay awake at night reading in our cabin. At 30 years of age, thankfully I was wise enough to realize that my daughter was on the right track, and enthusiastically supported her reading habits. Even when she would lay awake pouring over books until the late hours of the night, she was allowed the freedom to explore her literary adventures. She devoured books in just a few nights, and retained a voracious appetite for literature. I can distinctly remember spending a large chunk of my hard earned wages at the bookstore every pay day. Kaitlin would select a half-dozen carefully chosen titles, and by the next pay day she was eagerly anticipating our next visit to our local bookstore.
From an early age, Kaitlin has openly expressed her distaste for fishing. I don’t believe she harbors any practical dislike for fishing or fishermen; she simply does not like the taste of fish or enjoy the practice of fishing. For as long as I can recall, Kaitlin would ask me to tour the lake in our canoe rather than spend untold hours drifting and angling for fish.
When she was 12 years old, I became concerned that Kaitlin would lose interest in the outdoors. As a last resort, I bought her a flat … READ MORE