Knotted in a nest of discarded fishing line, the body of a small crayfish washed ashore near the Adam T. Memorial Dam outside of Sunbury.
The corpse was among a massive pile of litter cleaned up on May 21, the first of several pick-ups at that location over a week's time that highlight a growing issue as we head into a Memorial Day weekend where people surge to local waterways to celebrate the unofficial start of summer.
Hunters face split-second safety and ethical decisions each time they lower their weapon, primitive circumstances inspire creativity and opportunities for problem solving on hikes and camping trips, people get away from electronics and social media and rediscover the therapeutics of being outdoors. Ultimately, these activities provide unique moments of reflection and personal growth that you can’t find elsewhere.
When I was younger, I used to assume that outdoor success was measured in fishing creel limits and the size of the rack on a recently harvested buck.
However, a true outdoorsman is not defined by what he or she brings home, but more importantly, what is left behind.
Let's all do our parts to leave behind a legacy defined by advocacy in place of apathy.
John Zaktansky is an award-winning journalist and avid promoter of the outdoors who loves camping, kayaking, fishing and hunting with the family.