A Whole New Adventure!

Today, help us wel­come anoth­er great guest blog­ger from Out­door Baby Net­work, Kati Rouse.

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I am hap­pi­est when active, so after col­lege, I began train­ing for triathlons and had just dis­cov­ered climb­ing when I had to have my right shoul­der repaired (a result of over-train­ing in swim­ming!). With­in a year, the left shoul­der required surgery as well. Hav­ing always been com­pet­i­tive by nature, it was dis­ap­point­ing to have to scale train­ing way back. Ulti­mate­ly, I began to be real­ly focused on Yoga and Pilates, which helped me main­tain strength and agili­ty while healing.

I have always loved the outdoors–hiking, rock climb­ing, ski­ing, bik­ing, etc.! I ran track and cross coun­try in high school and col­lege and worked as an ath­let­ic train­er han­dling sports relat­ed injuries for local high schools in Mem­phis. It was when get­ting my CPR renew­al that I unex­pect­ed­ly met this fly fish­ing guide who was get­ting ready to go to Alas­ka for the rain­bow sea­son. A lit­tle over a year lat­er, Jamie and I got mar­ried and moved to the Lit­tle Red Riv­er in Arkansas–home of the world record brown trout, but not a great place to be an ath­let­ic train­er! Switch­ing gears some­what, I began to be an inte­gral part of Jamie Rouse Fly Fish­ing Adven­tures, includ­ing work­ing in Alas­ka with him. We enjoy the out­doors together–fly fish­ing, hik­ing, trav­el­ing, etc.

Pho­to Cour­tesy of Kati Rouse

I had been con­tent to not have a baby–thinking that my run­ning and oth­er activ­i­ties would be inter­rupt­ed. But, after 5 years, we had Allie. Wow! This is my great­est adven­ture yet! See­ing the out­doors through her eyes is like a whole new world. Trails that had become mun­dane are now some­thing new to explore. She notices the small­est thing–a leaf on a tree, a pine nee­dle, a bug–and gets so excit­ed. I may go at a slight­ly dif­fer­ent pace than before, but she con­tin­ues to remind me that in my effort to per­fect my tech­nique, I was miss­ing out on so much of the beau­ty and mys­ter­ies of nature around me.

Allie’s First Fish

We have now added Thomas, who is just about to turn 9 months! He accom­pa­nies me on a lot of runs and just had his first fly fish­ing out­ing. (It is a lit­tle dif­fer­ent with 2 in tow!)

I have just fin­ished read­ing Aron Ralston’s book “Between a Rock and a Hard Place”, which has encour­aged me to step it up a notch both solo and with fam­i­ly. I start­ed this effort by putting a new chain on my bike. As I was get­ting ready for a test ride, I was quick­ly remind­ed of how long it had been since I’d worn my bike shorts as the elas­tic began dis­in­te­grat­ing all over my legs! I have a ways to go, but I am cer­tain­ly going to enjoy the jour­ney with those around me!