#BeenOutside, from @gabaccia ❤️🌟 (swipe!) Gabaccia writes: "The outdoors is at the center of what I do and why I do it because to me, I find in it the most important heritage that we as humans own.
I have #beenoutside ever since I can remember. My grandfather had some land by the Calzadas River in Veracruz, and we used to spend the weekends at a palapa he had built there. After a few years, my family built a house on that land, so I had the privilege of growing up waking up to the most beautiful sunrise behind the mangrove by the river, playing around in the water, building rafts out of found pieces of wood, and fishing.
My dad was a hunter and also loved to fish for sport. He doesn't do it much anymore as he is more interested in conservation, but that is the main reason why I spent so much time outdoors as a kid. At some point, my family owned a ranch in the state of Tabasco where we grew hibiscus (among other things I can't remember) and had some cattle. I even learned to ride horses so I could help herd, which I remember enjoying a lot. I wish I would've spent more time there but the area became really dangerous and the land was eventually occupied by some "bad guys." We only went there to visit a few times.
Back in my hometown, we would fish almost every Sunday - sometimes every day during the holidays. I remember my favorite thing was catching catfish, which we never ate but had to release back to the water each time. To be honest, I was extremely afraid of them so it gave me a really weird rush to catch them. I thought they looked like sharks.
After high school, I ended up living in big concrete jungles - Mexico City, Los Angeles, and New York. Perhaps because I wanted to experience the difference. I did enjoy all of my time spent on concrete but I did grow tired of it after 7 years. I had a need for something more meaningful, more fulfilling.
Being outdoors to me today is how I like to spend most of my time.
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