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The wild and open Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The Boundary Waters Canoe Area of northern Minnesota. These were two of Steve's very favorite places in the whole world. He loved to tent camp and hike and fish. And these places offered peace, solitude, nature - and a chance to get in touch with his inner self.


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Two months before he died, Steve visited the Upper Peninsula for one last time - with his mom and dad, and friend Josh H. It was a trip to remember.

Many of the areas that Steve and his family camped and vacationed at over his life became his favorite places. These include:

The desert Southwest, including Utah's canyonlands, Arizona's high desert, and New Mexico
California's Yosemite National Park
Devil's Tower in Wyoming, site of the 1970s sci-fi movie, "Close Encounters of the Third Kind"
The Black Hills of South Dakota - where we found our campsite loaded with mica
Yellowstone National Park
Maine's Baxter State Park and Acadia National Park
Upstate New York's Letchworth State Park - The "Grand Canyon of the East" and the place where Steve had the time of his life canoeing down the Gennessee River with his mom in 1996
Old Man's Cave and other areas in the Hocking Hills State Forest in southeastern Ohio

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LEFT: Steve lays back and enjoys a kayak trip down a river in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, 2000

RIGHT: Steve and his mom take a winter hike in the state forest land near their house, 1998