Interview with Mike Walsh

Tell us about your outdoors experience.

I've been outdoors for most of my life. Water sports, biking, hiking, camping.lways a magnet to me.

How much do you like to outdoor recreation? Are you in love with it? If so...when did you fall in love and where? 

As a child in Canada my family camped.  We had rivers, lakes and the ocean all around us. I loved both the social aspects and the solitude and beauty of it all.

If you knew someone who was thinking of starting outdoor recreation, what advice would you give them?

Just do it. Get out and breathe the air. Stay comfortable.  Do it with a friend.

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

Mount Sunapee in NH.  It was great.  I instantly made friends who have remained friends for hiking and in other parts of my life who I hope will be lifelong friends!  It was a very important experience in my life.

What do you like about GayOutdoors?

-What don't I like?  Nothing.  It's always great being with people.  I get a chance to safely go beyond my comfort zone and build my abilities.  I like the social aspects and the exercise and the beauty of being outdoors and seeing new places.

Describe Massachusetts to our outdoorzy members who’ve never been there? Is there a lot to do if you are an outdoor enthusiast?

Massachusetts is an amazing place that includes history and sacred outdoor spaces both.  The Boston area honors our great history.  It honors the environment with clean and well-maintained public green spaces and watercourses.

What is your favorite Adventure Travel place?

So far; the California Redwoods.

What is your wish list for adventure travel and why?

I want to test my sailing skills with an Atlantic crossing in a small sail boat (~ 40').  I'll probably crew for someone on a crossing some day.

What is your favorite thing to do a perfect summer day?

Kick back on the Kennebacasis River in New Brunswick, Canada.  Swim and hike and camp and enjoy the views on the river.  It has 600' cliffs overlooking the water. Cat's paws - giant puffs of air, gently stroke the water and you can see them for many miles. It's amazing.

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

Joseph Campbell or Canadian author from the 50's Thomas Raddall.

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