Kyler Klix

My enthusiasm for the outdoors continues to grow. There is so much to learn, so much to do and it's always changing.

Mother Nature has everything to offer the senses. Being out there gives me the feeling that I could be standing at any period in time, despite what modern inventions I may have brought with me.

There is a lot to explore in the North Country, and I have been getting to know it better as a student at Plattsburgh State. After graduation, the appeal of getting a job close to the Adirondacks made me stay in New York. Now most of my vacations are dedicated to sleeping outside with no electricity and unpredictable weather.

I'm still an amateur when it comes to the various aspects of the environment. I had some experience in Boy Scouts, and grew up in a rural area with plenty of wildlife and different features over the land. I grew up in the Finger Lakes area and hiked through many gullies, glens and trails. I also fish whenever possible — it would just be easier if I could get a freshwater angler job with benefits.

So I plan to write about a lot of new experiences I have while exploring the North Country and its many aspects. Especially food. Is it safe to say that everybody loves food? There is a list of wild foods I have yet to taste and can't wait to share what it's like.

While exploring places I have never seen, there will be many first-time experiences. As you delve deeper into nature, numerous tools, gadgets and equipment make the experience more worthwhile. But at the same time, someone could go out with just the basic necessities and still have a great time. It's just a matter of a person's preferences for safety and comfort. And safety is always the No. 1 priority.

Just as the environment grows, issues grow with it as well. With shrinking budgets, invasive species, land issues and more, there are plenty of topics that can be looked into. There is much to discuss in our community, and I plan to research and keep an eye on these issues.

If you're a rookie like me, then we can share the same thoughts, feelings or tips. For the seasoned veterans out there, I'd love to hear your advice and stories.

If anyone out there has any ideas, topics of discussion, pictures, events or anything interesting they would like to share, please email me and keep me informed. I look forward to hearing from you, and I hope you enjoy my adventures.

Email Kyler Klix at: kklix@pressrepublican.com

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