The outdoors can offer a broad spectrum of opportunities that I can enjoy. Hunting, fishing, and camping are a few outlets that I use to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. I have many different ideas and activities that I associate with nature. The outdoors is my way of getting away from the stresses of everyday life.
Fishing is one way I can get away from the everyday hustle and bustle of everyday life. There is nothing more relaxing than sitting on the side of the lake. Sitting out on the lake I can hear fish splashing in the distance, bull frogs croaking, and birds chirping. There are no worries, stresses, or having to answer to anyone about anything. The smell at the lake on a bright sunny day is as refreshing as walking into grandma’s house to the smell of a warm apple pie. I could stay at the lake all day and be happy not catching a thing, but there is nothing like the feeling of catching a fish. Catching a fish is thrilling. Just as I am relaxing, instantly the tip of the rod bends over and to my feet I go. As I snap the rod back to set the hook into the fish’s mouth, the fight begins. The thrill of the fight between man and fish has sat in. Just as I think I have the fish, it darts back into the deep water and bends my pole over again. After about 5 minutes I have the fish worn out enough to get him onto the shore. The thrill of catching a fish causes me to forget about all the stresses of everyday life. Being at the lake is a huge stress reliever for me. It is opening day of deer season, I wake up well before dawn on a blistery winters’ day. As I get dressed into my camouflage, I think to myself, “I’m going to get him today, I just know it.” Breaktime is my first stop on my way to the woods. As I’m filling my thermos with coffee, I look around and the store looks like a prison yard full of inmates. The glow from all the hunters in orange has caused the entire store to illuminate, as if the sun...
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