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Out of Your Comfort Zone

I sincerely enjoy traveling, especially throughout our beautiful state of Nebraska. I can say that I have been to all 93 Nebraska counties for work purposes or outdoor pursuits.

Upper Snake River southeast of Merriman, NE in Cherry County.
Upper Snake River southeast of Merriman, NE in Cherry County.

Another one of my ‘claims to fame’ is that I have driven every highway in the Cornhusker State.

View of Middle Loup River Valley from Highway 97 near Mullen, NE.
View of Middle Loup River Valley from Highway 97 near Mullen, NE.

I have also floated all of Nebraska’s water trails.

View from Kayak on the Dismal River southwest of Thedford, NE.
View from Kayak on the Dismal River southwest of Thedford, NE.

However, as an avid outdoor enthusiast, I think what’s important to do is to get out of your comfort zone and even consider venturing to another state. Enter into a different environment, a different ecosystem. Become more well-rounded, more knowledgeable. See how that state does things with regard to outdoor activities and destinations. The suggestion box is always open and available here at Game and Parks where anyone can toss in ideas of what other states are doing. Though we at Game and Parks rendezvous with natural resource and park professionals from those states at conferences and conventions fairly frequently, it’s still important for us to vacation in those states from time to time and participate directly in the outdoor activities they offer.

I’ll be going out of my comfort zone soon. My family and I will be heading to Beaver Dam Lake/Reservoir in southeastern Wisconsin for an outdoor-type vacation to boat, fish, swim, sightsee and just plain relax.

Sunset on Beaver Dam Lake/Reservoir in Wisconsin. Photo by Jill Davis.
Sunset on Beaver Dam Lake/Reservoir in Wisconsin. Photo by Jill Davis.

Our oldest son Zach’s ‘in-laws to be’ (The Barry and Jill Davis Family) have graciously invited us to their lake house at Beaver Dam. We can hardly wait to embark on this outdoor adventure into unknown waters, out of our comfort zones!

Beaver Dam Lake/Reservoir in Wisconsin. Photo by Jill Davis.
Beaver Dam Lake/Reservoir in Wisconsin.

About greg wagner

A native of Gretna, NE, a graduate of Gretna High School and Bellevue University, Greg Wagner currently serves as the Public Information Officer and Manager for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission's Service Center in Omaha. On a weekly basis, Wagner can be heard on a number of radio stations, seen on local television in Omaha, and on social media channels, creatively conveying natural resource conservation messages as well as promoting outdoor activities and destinations in Nebraska. Wagner, whose career at Game and Parks began in 1979, walks, talks, lives, breathes and blogs about Nebraska’s outdoors. He grew up in rural Gretna, building forts in the woods, hunting, fishing, collecting leaves, and generally thriving on constant outdoor activity. One of the primary goals of his blog is to get people, especially young ones, to have fun and spend time outside!

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