Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence.
-Henry David Thoreau
Running Mike’s Mix is more than enough to keep myself busy. However, I’ve learned the importance of not becoming complacent with a single endeavor to avoid staleness. With Mike’s Mix, much of my day is spent mixing product and responding to emails. Therefore, I find it necessary to engage in activities where I am committed to stepping away from the daily grind in order to remain content and balanced. For the last two summers I have taken a part-time job with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources as a field ornithologist (birds). This position has provided an opportunity to dedicate many enjoyable hours to outdoor observation and venture deep into southern Wisconsin’s most remote forests. This year I have been spending a morning each week in the field; swatting mosquitoes, pulling off ticks, finding colorful warblers and enjoying early mornings submersed in wilderness. I rarely bring my camera into the woods but my cell phone has proven its ability to produce some wonderful pictures. So, for all of you stuck behind a desk wishing you were outside, these pictures are for you. Enjoy!