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FISHING AWAY THE SUMMER WHY I WENT BACK TO AN OLD HOBBY
I’ve never been much of a fisherman, but a few months ago while social distancing, I found myself thinking, “What better time than now to pick up a new hobby?” I’d like to say the initiative was all mine, but I have to give most of the credit to my 7-year-old daughter, Abbi. She loves to get out on the water, and fishing together has been a great way for us to spend time outside without putting others at risk. Before the pandemic hit, some family friends invited me to go hiking with them near Denver, and I took Abbi along. We ended up finding a good spot to fish. It was her first time casting a line, and she had a lot of fun. When she asked to go out fishing again, I decided to give my old equipment and rusty skills another test drive — that’s how we ended up hanging out at the water this spring. So far, we’ve gone to a couple of good local spots, and we have plans to explore even more over the summer. PAYINGWITH CASH? Because these are difficult times and we believe no one should go untreated because of this pandemic, we're making a special offer to our clients without health insurance. If you're uninsured, you can get 5% off of our current self-pay rates for single-session purchases. Through July, we're also offering an additional 5% off bulk purchases.
I’ve really enjoyed passing what little fishing knowledge I have onto my daughter. It’s great to see her pick up a new skill, and I can’t help but be reminded of the few memorable fishing trips I took as a kid. Back in high school, my family spent a couple summers fishing and exploring up at the boundary waters between Minnesota and Canada. There were probably about 10 of us, and we were smack in the middle of the wilderness, miles away from civilization. Looking back, the experience was like something out of a Lewis and Clark expedition travelogue. I remember portaging our canoes between lakes and rivers and living on basic supplies that I could carry on my back. The only time we’d have fresh food to eat was when we caught fish, so I felt lucky my cousin Bruce was an avid angler. Apart from the one person in our group who had a cell phone for emergency use, we had zero contact with the outside world. Some high schoolers might have hated being isolated from their friends for days without even a book to read, but even back then, I found being in nature and relying on the strength of my body to be a therapeutic experience. I’m not going to pretend that bundling my daughter up and driving from our cozy house to the nearest local fishing hole is anything like those trips, but it still brings back the memories. Being outside in the sunshine, spending time
with family, and hearing a worm drop into the water — those things are all the same. Hopefully, my daughter will come away with a healthy respect for nature and maybe even some knowledge about how to catch a fish. I know I’m lucky to be able to go fishing and enjoy the extra time with my family during this period of uncertainty. Not everything has been easy. As many of you know, I’ve had to make big changes in order to adapt Advanced PT & Fitness to our new reality, but overall I’m doing well and feeling thankful. If you’re home and safe too, remember to hug your family extra tight while you have this time together. You might even consider taking them fishing! –Dr. Thomas Cleveland
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