How do you sum up forty-eight years in a nutshell? In the words of Jerry Garcia, “What a long, strange trip it’s been.”
A lot of things have contributed to who I am today. First of all, my parents. My dad had me fishing by the time I was four and it’s certainly the one true constant that’s been with me through every life transition thus far. From my mom I learned compassion, thoughtfulness, and patience, traits that I hold dear and have strengthened throughout the years.
Music has shaped me in ways I can’t begin to communicate. Occasionally I run into someone who has an understanding of it’s undeniable hold on me, but such people are rare. I played keyboards with various bands in multiple genres, beginning at fourteen and semi-retiring
at forty-three. I finally decided I wanted to spend all of my “extra” time fishing and camping, which is pretty hard to do when you’re booked every weekend.
Most of my early years were far too busy for relationships. At thirty-nine I would meet the man I married three years later, David Morton. It was a wonderful, yet sadly brief chapter of my life that changed me in ways I can’t explain but I believe made me better. I lost him to cancer in 2008 after four years of marriage but I know he will always be a part of me.
So here I am. ALL spare time dedicated to kayaking and fishing. I’ve joined YakAngler.com as a ProStaff member, become a part of the Canoe KY and Hobie fishing teams, signed on as the Director of the KY Kayak Fishing Association, and started a blog.
I really didn’t know that with the addition of a yak and a fly rod I’d end up turning my life-long hobby into a total obsession! Life is extremely short and I know Act 1 is in the past. For Act II I want to fish as many spots as I can!