Henri Interview

What draws you to the greater outdoors in general?

I love the physical activities, the spectacular view, and wonderful people. I never liked going to the gym, excercising in a confined environment. Outdoor activities offer so much more than exercise. It is also a social activity; and it is a pleasure meeting people who enjoy the outdoors like I do.  

Why do you like GayOutdoors?

I like GayOutdoors because it is available to men. It is easy to navigate and is not limited to a region. I love the fact that I can participate in outdoor activities when I am travelling. 

What would members be most surprised to learn about you?

I love to eat; and I eat a lot. It surprises a lot of people because I am short and skinny. 

What was your first GO trip? How did it turn out?

My first GO excursion was tubing event at the Delaware River hosted by the wonderful Ed Schell. It was great because I met a lot of new friends. Everybody was really nice to me.   

Outdoor Adventures that should not be missed?

Visiting National Parks. I have been to a few; and they were all great experiences. 

Best outdoor advice you have ever gotten?

Keep hydrated. It is easy to forget to drink if you are not thirsty.

What is your the best view in New Jersey?

I don't know what the best view is New Jersey is ~ there are still a lot of parks I have not visited. But I enjoyed my visit to High Point State Park. I walked up to the High Point monument, and the view was breathtaking. 

What is your favorite National Park

Acadia National Park. Loved the flexibility it offers. You can camp or stay at motels/hotels nearby. Plenty of hiking trails to explore and a scenic park road for people who are not able to hike too much. I especially enjoyed hiking on Mt. Desert Island. Best of all, I really love Maine lobsters; so dining was such a guilty pleasure the entire time I was there. 

What piece of gear have you most recently bought?

Light dry bags. We went to New Hampshire for a hut-to-hut backpacking trip at AMC huts; and I needed them to keep my things organized and dry. On our third hiking day, it rained for most of the day. So I was really glad I had them. 

Best gear-buying advice you ever got?

Don't buy at the last minute. Anticipate your activities and the gear you would need. Especially shoes ~ buy shoes in advance and break them in before using them for a strenuous hike.



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