Throughout my life I’ve had some great outdoor mentors and mates.
No more than Gene. Gene and his family were destined to cross paths with mine. Incredibly he tracked down our farm in Australia called Maryland because he came from Maryland USA. What are the chances?
Throughout my childhood and into my 20’s, Gene took me on all different adventures but more importantly, he sat down with me and gave me his full attention with all his heart. He was incredibly detailed and planned on his approach to getting outdoors.
Unfortunately, Gene developed a very early onset of Alzheimer’s and our days outdoors together are now over.
I can still remember the last time he was able to call me and said: “We should get out to Clive’s soon”. This phone call still plays over in my head to this day because I did not take that opportunity.