How did you end up back in this area?
In 2009, I drove back to Otisco Lake, dropped everything into storage, and set off for Alaska. I camped on the way, and while in Alaska, I lived off the land with just a few accompaniments. I packed some Mountain Dew and a bunch of Ramen noodles to mix with the small game I hoped to take. I had my fishing pole, a shotgun, and my camping gear. I was out in the wild for a month.
Where does Aurora come into the story?
When I got back to Otisco Lake from Alaska, I saw an advertisement for a bartending position at the Fargo Bar & Grill. I was hired and before long found myself, once again, managing the bar. I commuted for a year before finally making the move.
What made you decide to leave your hometown and make Aurora home?
I love being in Aurora. Back in the day when I was commuting from Otisco Lake, I would often come in early for my shift so I could drop a line in the water or read a book in the meadows. There was and still is something magical about this place.
I moved to Aurora in 2010, bought my lifetime hunting and fishing license, and managed the Fargo Bar & Grill for 10 years. During that time, I continued to commune with the land and get to know the water, fields, and forests in the area. I dreamed of sharing my love of nature, fishing, and hunting with others.