OUTSIDE IN — What is your identity?

By CHRIS BATES          On a trip several years ago, we got to spend more than a week near San Cristobal, Nicaragua, digging ditches and working on other projects. My daughter and I met...

OUTSIDE IN — It may not be what it seems — even with Duck Commander

By CHRIS BATES     It may not be what it seems — even with Duck Commander      We were taking the Duck Commander hunting the next morning, and the outlook could not have been worse. I had...

OUTSIDE IN — Living your purpose

By CHRIS BATES   Living your purpose        Peddling a road bike 500 miles over a six-day period had never been on my list of aspirations. When my friend, mentor and rector, Christopher,...

OUTSIDE IN — Notice the details

By CHRIS BATES         It was January 2018,  and the Mississippi Delta was almost completely frozen. Only the deep, slow-moving rivers were not fully iced over, plus a few sparse flooded areas where...

OUTSIDE IN — Above the treeline

By CHRIS BATES   Above the treeline        Being above the treeline is an amazing experience. I have had the fortunate opportunity to do so many times, and the feeling is always similar....

OUTSIDE IN — Faith is simple?

By CHRIS BATES   Faith is simple?      Each spring and fall when my daughter was younger,  she and I would go to camp at a different state park for a few days. It was always a great escape and...

OUTSIDE IN — The sum of moments

By CHRIS BATES   The sum of moments      There were memorable sets of moments on that July day, standing beside the Bitterroot River in western Montana. Despite being early summer, the upstream...

OUTSIDE IN — A choice to connect

By CHRIS BATES   A choice to connect        It is impossible to overstate the majesty of the Alaskan wilderness. It was mid-August, and we were fly fishing for silver salmon...

OUTSIDE IN — What do we do now?

By CHRIS BATES     What do we do now?      The anticipation building up to opening day every year feels unbearable. My hunting partners and I always hit that first weekend...

OUTSIDE IN — Transitions and transformations

By CHRIS BATES     Transitions and transformations        We left early that fall morning to drive through Gunnison National Park in western Colorado to fly fish on the...

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