Okay, lets start with your name and where you are from.
My name is Gillian Marriott and I am from Cañon City, CO.
Fishing - because it is relaxing and I can catch a fish without even knowing it!
Archery - because my husband and his dad are big into it, so they talked me into trying and I'm a natural at it!
Hiking - because you get to get out and be around nature and not people!
Camping - because you can have a mini vacation anywhere!
How long have you been participating in these activities and who introduced you?
Fishing - My dad is a big fishing guy and I couldn't tell you at what age because it has been as long as I can remember, you'll have to ask my sister on that one, since she is older than me!
You were a baby the first time you went fishing.
Archery - Last summer because my husband thought it would be something he could show off to me and "teach" me to do. He didn't know I was a natural. He had "robin hooded" and arrow with my bow and was bragging, then about 15 minutes later I did the same thing. I was laughing so hard because he said I could probably never do that.
Yes!! Papa's Fishing Club. I don't have an "outdoor" company but I do have a cake business, and who doesn't like cake right?! It is called Sweet Cheek's Cakery and I get to do some pretty crazy cakes. You can see for yourself at SweetCheeksCakery.biz or "like us on Facebook at facebook.com/sweetcheekscakery.biz (boo-yah, just scored some free advertising!)
Have you introduced any other girls or kids to the outdoors? If so, who and how?
My niece and nephew love it when we take them to do outdoors stuff. We took my niece on her first ever fishing trip and we have my nephew shooting a bow. They love riding and driving tractors with my husband and the little one will try to climb on and steal the tractor if you aren't careful!
How do you encourage other girls and kids in the outdoors?
By making it fun! No one is going to enjoy anything if they don't find it fun!
Don't be upset when you try to involve your wife in something that you are good at and she ends up showing you up a few weeks into it!
Is there anybody (living or dead) you wish you could hunt or fish with?
Artemis - rumor has it that girl knew how to hunt and fish!
For those that don't know, Artemis is an Olympian goddess of hunting, wilderness and wild animals.
I am going to interrupt this interview for a short break so you can go get a bag of popcorn and a drink because you are not going to want to miss these stories...
First a funny outdoor trip. I was at Girl Scout Camp, we hiked to a lake (no clue the name) and we were able to play down by the water. Just around the bend, there was a couple of fisherman that you could tell weren't happy about having 20 screaming girls as their neighbors while they fished. A couple of us went out in the water, but we weren't allowed to go deeper than our knees. I was standing in view of the fishermen just looking into the water. A few minutes went by and a fish about 8 inches long kept swimming around me. I don't know if thought my legs were a tree or what, but it was hanging around so I slowly bent over and put my hands into the water. After a little while, the fish swam between my hands and I grabbed it and pulled it out of the water (grizzly bear style). I started laughing and all of my camper buddies had to come see the fish. The fishermen weren't happy. I heard one of them say, "We have been here all morning trying to catch a (insert bad word here) fish and she is here 10 minutes and catches a (insert another bad word) fish with her bare hands. I was proud of myself.
Next "memorable" outdoor trip is, when my husband and I first started dating. We went up to a lake in Westcliffe, CO. We had my tent and we camped over by the dam where you could see the sunset over the lake. I don't remember what time it was, but it was dark and we heard a noise outside the tent and all of a sudden my fearless man grabs a flashlight and tells me there is "something is out there, stay quiet." I could tell by the sound it wasn't big. He opened the tent and a small raccoon ran off. Thanks honey, you saved me from the 20 pound, man eating raccoon!
Are you done?
Nope, this next one is more of a creeped out one! A friend and I wanted to go camping on the first day of spring about 6 years ago. We went up to a really remote area on top of a mountain that you can camp at and see for miles around. It was a spur of the moment trip so we had the tent, sleeping bags and a bottle of whiskey. I set up the tent while my friend collected firewood and started a fire. We sat by the fire a long time before putting the fire out and going to bed. It got really cold that night and ended up dumping 6 inches of snow on us. That morning we got up and my friend went outside to start the fire and I stayed in the tent keeping my sleeping bag warm. My friend walks around the tent and I hear, "Umm, Gillian. We had a visitor last night." I asked what it was and he said, "Just come see." I walked around to MY side of the tent and there were mountain lion tracks in the snow. we could see where it came into camp, walked up to my side of the tent then went and laid down by the fire for awhile then took off in the other direction. We threw everything in the back of the truck and got the heck out of there!
I only asked for one story. Are you done yet?
Last one, I promise. I think I was about 12-ish when this one happened. My mom and I went out to Grape Creek to have a picnic with some of her work buddies. We got there early and decided to take a walk and play down by the creek. I was sitting on a rock in the middle of the creek and my mom was taking a picture of me. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw something start to walk right by my mom. My jaw jaw dropped and my mom knew something was wrong and turned around. Walking by her was a naked man..Yep...just your every day average naked guy out in the middle of nowhere walking by. My mom and I did the only thing we could think of, we just sat there and watched the naked guycross the creek and climb up on a big rock and lay down. The people at the picnic couldn't believe it either.
Got any more?
Only if I can tell the story about our trip to San Isabel.
Nope, you're done!
My phone to take pictures with and in case I need to call someone.
My sunglasses because well, why does anyone wear sunglasses?!
I normally always have a pocket knife on or near me. If I can't find my knife, I make sure I bring my husband because he always has a few on him.
If I am going fishing, I always make sure I bring someone that will touch the gross stuff for me. It isn't that I am "afraid" to touch it, but with the proper amount of whining, I can get anyone to do it for me!
And #5 is chocolate. I always have chocolate on me. Chocolate could save your life you know.
Thank you Gillian for doing the interview. I knew this was going to be an interesting one when you volunteered to do it.
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