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For the dads (mine in particular)

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there! I can’t thank my dad enough for making my life as good as it has been, and I can’t picture going through life without a dad like mine. He has always been there for me when I needed him, and I know he’s always wanted what is best for me in life. Since I was a kid he has always encouraged my curiosities to the fullest and been there to support my pursuits that have brought me to where I am today.

When I was young, I would work with him in the garden while our dogs played nearby. I looked for critters under rocks and in the dirt while he taught me the basics of planting and maintaining a garden. He would explain to me where I could find certain bugs and animals in the garden and why they lived in certain environments. He would always take me on hikes to look for lizards, snakes, newts, salamanders, and frogs because reptiles and amphibians were very intriguing to me. To further my love for the outdoors our family would go camping regularly and he taught me how to make a fire and catch and clean fish, as well as the importance of catch and release, before I was ten. Eventually trips with my dad expanded and I’ve been lucky enough to see orcas while kayaking in the San Juan Islands, snorkel in various places including Mexico and the Virgin Islands, and go backpacking in the Sierra Nevada where he helped me catch my first golden trout. He taught me to mountain bike at the trails near our home and when I started to rock climb he would always encourage me and support me when I went on trips with friends. He’s also climbed with me and come to spot me bouldering when I wanted to get out.

I love my dad and am thankful for all the time I get to spend with him.

Thank you to all the dads who make life great!

-Kevin

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