About Me

Hey, I’m Mark. Thanks for checking out Intro to the Outdoors.

When I was younger, my dad used to take me outdoors all the time. Usually we’d go dunk bait for crappie, carp, and catfish. Over my teenage years I drifted away from the outdoors.

In ’09, I moved to Peoria, IL to be with my future wife. With no friends or family around, I needed a new hobby.

Intro to the Outdoors started as a chronicling of my return to fishing, learning artificials and the fly rod. Shortly after starting the blog, I got my first firearm and have gotten really big into guns and shooting has become a large part of my outdoor life and therefore is becoming a large part of the blog. I also hope to start hunting soon so be on the lookout for that content as we go along.

The other thing I started doing in June of ’11 is tracking my weight loss in a series of posts labeled Unhealthy Outdoorsman. I started at 480lbs and have only gone down from there. Even if you have no interest in outdoorsy stuff, any encouragement is very welcome on the weight loss front.

I started the blog really to get advice/criticism so feel free to give advice or criticize. If you want to get ahold of me one on one, shoot me an email at themarkvivian@gmail.com


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