Fishery Biologist Dan Magneson, the assistant hatchery manager at Quilcene National Fish Hatchery in Washington, remembers a big influence.
If you are lucky, during the course of your life you’ll run into a few people who exert a profound influence on you, and leave you with loads of treasured memories.
And if you are luckier still, they will turn out to be one of your own relatives.
I have had a lot of really great male relatives, but like so many other folks, they seemed mostly consumed and held captive by the demands of their jobs. But not so one of my uncles; he operated a bulldozer for a small construction outfit, but wasn’t one to place the pursuit of money over quality time spent outdoors. While so many others slaved and strived to get further ahead, he was pretty much content with life as it was. Had he been born one or two hundred years earlier, he likely would have been a mountain man, a beaver trapper or maybe a market hunter.