When I was 13 years old my family moved from Southern California to northeastern California. In northeastern California my father taught me to love the outdoors. I had 50,000 acres as my backyard and a million more as my playground. My father and I would hunt for deer, quail, dove, and ducks. We also did a lot of river fishing for trout.

When I was 17 years old we moved to the Oregon coast. My father and I continued deer hunting every year. We would set up our tents before deer season and camp out every weekend all season long. We also began a love of fishing in the ocean. We would catch salmon and bottom fish from an 18 ft boat.

When I was 20 years old I joined the military. I requested to be stationed in Southern California where I thought I would enjoy the sunshine and warm weather. This turned out to be wrong and after 4 years I moved back to the Oregon coast where I could get back to nature, fishing and hunting.

I have spent the last 15 years living in a place not too far from where my love of the outdoors began. I have spent a lot of time fishing, camping, pheasant hunting, duck hunting, and exploring the outdoors. Now that I am retired I hope for many more outdoor adventures.