Anyone is welcome here.
Hiking through the woods, paddling a canoe, and swimming in a drinkable freshwater lake isn’t just fun. The outdoors opens doors to unforced conversation.
She talks. I listen. I talk, and she’s probably interested. Or we don’t talk. It doesn’t matter. We’re both learning and teaching without trying.
We’ve been exploring the woods since Emilie was three. She got hooked that summer, after our boat motor died on the way back to our outpost cabin. I couldn’t overcome a stiff wind with only one oar in the boat but managed to steer it across the lake laterally, beach it, and hike through the woods, Emilie on my shoulders, keeping close to the shoreline so we wouldn’t get lost. We arrived at our cabin at sunset, 10 minutes ahead of cold-hearted mosquitos.
I didn’t realize at the time that, as the sunk sank lower and my concern over getting stranded in the woods grew, she was having fun. She still is.
Scott’s love of the great outdoors led him to declare forestry as his college major. But a D in forestry class inspired him to consider journalism and then advertising. That’s okay. He never wanted to look at trees from a canoe and think, wow, beautiful Abies balsamea. He’s a proud dad, a lucky husband and a dog lover. Follow on Instagram for DDE updates and at daddiodo for personal posts.
Emilie fell in love with the outdoors the first time she went to Canada at three years old. She’s grown up amazed by the forest and its beauty. When she’s not paddling Canada, Emilie spends time at the local dog park with her favorite companion, Teddie, or goes on local hikes with her favorite explorer, her dad. Emilie sustainable practices, and she tries her best to make Earth a little bit greener each day. Her curiosity is her motivation, and she’s ready to explore as much as she can.
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