Backcountry Beat March 2020
Uncertainty creates angst. With so many unknowns right now in relation to physical and financial health, the weight seems extra heavy. What we do know though is that nature's seasonal rhythms continue. I take much solace in that. The buttercups are still the first flowers to appear, the chickadees still battle with the sparrows for nesting spots and the snow will melt and rivers will rise.
This past weekend I took my family to one of my favorite pieces of public ground just east of town. For three hours we disappeared and were present with each other and the great outdoors. Montana has joined 21 other states with shelter in place regulations, thankfully with a big exception for outdoor recreation/exercise. I’m very thankful for the opportunity to continue to get fresh air and some vitamin D. I suggest you do the same however you can while maintaining proper social distancing.
One thing I miss is human interaction… I love my immediate family but also love my BHA family. Last Friday, Illinois Chapter Chair Seth Trokey invited me to a virtual pint night on Zoom. It was fantastic! While these calls can never replace face to face interaction, I enjoyed seeing friendly faces, great conversation and a window into folks' home life. Thank you, Seth, and thanks to the rest of you that joined. The current situation is difficult at best but I truly believe, like anything else BHA is involved in, that we the people will rise to the occasion and do what we can with what we have.
Once we get through this, which we most definitely will, we will come out stronger, smarter, and more connected than ever. Like the rhythms of the season, I’m confident in just that.
Onward and upward,
President and CEO
Backcountry Hunters & Anglers
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