I grew up in eastern Kentucky, the son and grandson of outdoorsmen. My mother's father had a fishing camp where I spent many enjoyable times, and I was an inveterate hiker, camper and small-game hunter. In my college years I was a frequent spelunker, and while I lived in the Yukon (1975-76) I was a gold prospector and riverboat manager.

Photos show me on a four-day winter backpacking trip in the Smokey Mountains (first two pictures) with my cousin John May (Dec. 26-29, 1979) and exploring with him (and my father who took the photo (center) in Kentucky's Red River Gorge (summer, 1978). I was never a horseman but occasionally rode, as shown in a 1960 photo (age 15) at Red Rock Ranch in Wyoming (with my older brother Bob in the background). I'm shown in the last photo on a 1968 Georgia canoe excursion taken with my first wife, Ruth.

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