Menard Jaramillo Interview

Have you always been an outdoorzy person?

I grew up on a farm near the Rio Grande Valley in New Mexico. Even as a kid, I loved being outdoors seeing our apple orchard in bloom in the spring and fishing at a nearby stream. My fondest memory growing up was going camping in the Pecos National Forest. I lived in Albuquerque for many years and hiked the 11-mile La Luz Trail to a 10,300-foot peak. The Sandia Mountains are very majestic mountains. My appreciation for beauty and the majesty of nature took me too many mountains in Norway, Switzerland, France, California, Peru and of course my beloved Santa Monica Mountains in California. The draw for me hiking and being outdoors is my love of the beauty and majesty of nature, the greatness of all creation as well as the camaraderie of like-minded men.

What piece of outdoor gear have you recently bought?

Teton Sports Outfitter XXL Outfitter Cot. It's great to sleep off the ground.

What do you like about GayOutdoors?

It draws like-minded men that not only enjoy the beauty of nature, but also have a sense of adventure and a love of life.

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

My first GO adventure was on June 26 th in the Santa Monica Mountains-The Mishe Mokwa Trail to Sandstone Peak. About 13 guys attended and we had a great time bonding. I am friends and keep in contact with most of these guys.

What is your favorite Adventure Travel place?

Costa Rica. Love the river rafting, cloud forests, volcanoes and of course the beautiful warm people.

Complete this sentence...you know it's been a good GO trip when...

You don't get lost and everyone has a good time.

What is your favorite healthy food?

Kale salad.

Favorite "bad" food?

Angus Cheeseburger and fries.

Favorite hike snack?

Trail mix.

If you could spend the day on the trail with one person, living or dead, it would be…

My partner. We met hiking and we are at our best when we are on the trail.

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