Think back to your earliest childhood memory in the outdoors. Now think about all of the outdoor things you did as a child. Who was there? Who took you outside and taught you to love the outdoors? Was it your dad?
For most people, their father is the first person to teach them about the outdoors. Maybe your father taught you how to put a worm on a hook, took you camping for the first time or taught you how to ride a bicycle.
In my case, my family has photos of me washing dishes at a campsite at about 3 years old with marshmallow all over my face. I remember fishing with my dad and my grandfather a lot as a child. I remember riding in one of those (totally unsafe) hard plastic bike seats that sat the kid right behind the parent (without a helmet... but hey, it was the early '80s the world was safer then, right?).
I slept in a tent in the backyard, searched for night crawlers by flashlight and followed deer around the state park all next to my dad. Now I feel like the outdoors are in my blood. I hike as much as possible, camp most weekends and just plain feel good when I'm outside exploring. I have to think that I wouldn't be the same person if my father hadn't introduced me to the outdoors at such a young age.
I'm not alone, Paul Osborn of The Outdoor Adventure credits his dad for his love of the outdoors too. Paul even shared this great post about how dads create outdoor adventures.
Also, our buddy, Jeff Hester shares some insight into fathers and the outdoors in this article: Creating a legacy of love for the outdoors.
Of all the gifts I've received in my life, an introduction to the outdoors is one of my favorites. Do you agree? Is your dad the reason you love the outdoors today?
Well guess what? This coming weekend is Father's Day. It's the perfect time to say thanks to your dad for everything he's done for you. And if he's still into the outdoors, we've got a great deal on gear for dad.
Remember, Father's Day isn't just about giving gifts. Call your dad. Take him out for a hike or do something outdoors with the man who taught you all you know about the outdoors but most of all, say thanks.
Celebrate Father's Day and Outdoor Dads
By Andy Hawbaker
June 09, 2014
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