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The Union Outdoors writer wants readers to play outside

The Union staff

What did you do outside today?

That is my favorite question. I’ve been asking it for 15 years, ever since the Cal Berkeley backpacking club was foolish enough to appoint me new membership chair and give me a bullhorn.

Since then, I’ve taught kids to sail, directed outdoor leadership programs, led backpacking trips, and written travel essays. And even though there were real jobs along the way, most notably several years in the advertising industry convincing people to buy things they didn’t need, I kept asking the question.

We are truly blessed to live in Nevada County. Our backyard is a magical, four season playground. When I moved to the area, I considered myself a semi-serious mountain biker, backpacker and cross county skier. Now, thanks to my friends and neighbors, I have now found bird watching, fly fishing, geocaching, snowshoeing, road cycling and wakeboarding, to name a few. Every day I meet someone who’s off to try something fun outside. And I always want to go with them.

So, let me know what you like to do. Every week I plan to explore a different outdoor activity or sport and I welcome your suggestions. Tell me why you like it and where readers can try it out. I’ll call you back, but only if you promise to take me with you.

Readers can tell Ryan Hodgkin how they have fun by e-mail at dixier@theunion.com or by telephone at 273-1801.

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