The outdoors is a place big enough for many things, most important for me is finding a small niche of calmness.
Such as this scene after a flood with waterfalls cascading down inside Metthiessen State Park. A sight which caused then fisheries chief for Illinois Mike Conlin to whisper it was like being in a church.
To me that's the single most important point of being in the outdoors, or in my case doing the outdoors--finding and celebrating those places.
Since my mom died more than three years ago, I have been trying to figure a way to write about the experience of growing up in a family impacted greatly by her path to living with mental illness.
On Sunday, I explained, as well as I can, how that led me to where I am now in my Sunday outdoors column in the Sun-Times.
May it help some others.