By: Marc Bowen
This is fairly new territory for me. I’ve never done much in the way of writing other then in a journal years ago. I have created and published a number of photo journal books over the years though so am not totally unfamiliar with the mechanics of publishing. But this is a learning curve for me and I hope to get better at it as I move forward.
I love the outdoors! Getting up early enough in the morning to be on a mountain trail by daylight has become a passion for me. I grew up on a farm and arose early most days to milk the cow or feed the livestock before school. Didn’t necessarily enjoy it but learned that much can be accomplished arising early and you get to see those awesome sunrises. I also grew up hunting and fishing and grew to appreciate nature and all it’s beauty. I still love to fish but haven’t hunted in several years. The last few times I hunted I carried a rifle on one shoulder and a camera on the other. Now as I hike up a mountain trail I carry bear spray and a backpack with camera gear and some bare necessities for when it may be necessary to spend a night on the mountain. Sometimes these outings may be a short walk from the car. Some can be several miles. My longest this past season was nearly 20 miles. Some outings are experienced with family members or friends and some because of my work schedule are done alone.
I decided to create this blog in order to share my experiences with others who love the outdoors. I have tried to capture some of the stunning vistas and scenery I have seen by using photography. Sometimes photos do not do an outdoor scene justice but combined with verbal descriptions I hope to be able to describe to the reader in great enough detail that they might vicariously enjoy the experience as if they were there. I turn 60 years old next month and want to encourage other people young or old to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors. For those who may not be able to because of poor health or physical limitations I hope you might enjoy the journey through my eyes.