What we need in our community is someone who cares about the environment. But we don’t want an environmentalist who only knows about the environment through a textbook that they read when they were in school. We have had enough of out of touch environmentalist come in from outside our community telling us how we ought to care for ourselves. Our area deserves someone who cares about the environment enough to go out in it and experience it. Someone who can appreciate the great outdoors and wants to preserve them for others.
Mckinley is a great candidate. He is an outdoors enthusiast who wants to make sure that all of the fishing, hunting, and wildlife that our area currently enjoys is there for years to come. As a kid, I can remember going on great hiking and backpacking trips with the local Boy Scout troops. If we don’t keep our area pristine, other Scouts might not have this same opportunity.
As a Scout, I learned how to survive off the land and to use things in nature that can help you survive. Today, of course it is a little bit easier because whenever I go on an outdoors trip I bring my with all of the necessary survival gear that I need in case of an emergency. Even so, it’s important to have these skills in case you get stranded some place with out lists of good bugout bag supplies for emergencies. And if nothing else, it gave me some great opportunities to get outside and active as a kid. Too many kids don’t know the joys of being in the great outdoors and instead choose to sit inside playing video games for hours and hours on end. And we wonder why kids don’t have an appreciation for nature.
I was out fishing when I just a couple of years old. I remember when I caught my first bass. It was just a few days before I started Kindergarten. I remember because our family took a camping trip up north and my father and I took a canoe out to the middle of the lake to go see if we could catch dinner. We always had a strict rule when camping. If you couldn’t catch your food, you couldn’t eat. Of course this was more of a metaphorical rule; we always brought an emergency bag review and food in case we weren’t able to catch anything. But the idea of being out in the wilderness, stranded with nothing to eat, and having to catch your own food is a great time and it has given me lots a great memories. And to be honest, I’m not sure we really ever had a problem catching fish. I don’t ever remember us not bringing in at least a few large bass and even some large walleye and trout. Not only is it a great experience by yourself, it’s a great bonding experience for families.
Our kids deserve the chance to make these same memories with their kids and keeping the outdoors sportsman activities alive and well are the only way ensure our kids have the chance.