Hi everybody, my name is Alex... I have been slightly awkward i think on this site...have mostly read and observed and have enjoyed it a lot actually...Decided that it is probably time i should introduce myself haha
This might be long but i have a lot to share with you guys
I'm a normal white kid grew up in the suburbs around portland oregon...my parents divorced when i was three, My dad being from Greece living there and me living with my mom in portland. I went to Greece VERY frequently (every summer) until a couple years ago... Thats where my obssesion with nature started because my father is a fisherman..My dad would let me do literally whatever the fuck i wanted while he was fishing..sometimes i would fish and whenever i wanted i was allowed to just walk away , in any direction I wanted, for however long I wanted, with no restrictions...This is what I think truly got me into it at a young age ..I spent entire days catching frogs, lizards, snakes, fish and turtles, dragonflies, anything I could catch.. One day I had a wake up call to not go so far from camp because I ran into a young Brown Bear who was sitting on the other side of the creek just smelling me.. I could tell that I was a juvenile, (because it was just so small) and I knew I should get the fuck outta there cause mom has to be around...years and years later,(I was like probably 10 then) I was a senior in highschool and freaking hated civ...Looked up on the internet and found Alderleaf Wilderness College.. Went there, Learned what I could, Went to Trackers immersion program as a work trade, and ever since have been practicing all kinds of things and working in communities leading outdoor programs. Currently in Eugene Oregon studying the arts of nature as well as sharing them...If anyone here in Eugene wants to get together let me know..I also go to Portland sometimes so that goes for people up there too.. I'm an avid bird/animal photographer and tracker. Also Woodworking is a specialty.. I'm interested in all of it but have a lot to share with those three things in particular (tracking/birdlanguage and carving with modern tools)
P.S. if any of you rewilders here are ever thinking about checking out any european countries, I know greece quite well and it's actually pretty amazing for us in certain regions.. I think I might start a thread on Greece here in the near future to share my experiences there.. Many experiences over my lifetime from mountains to riots, anarchism and literally witnessing collapse...Holy crap the shit i have seen there.. Kind of like, visions of the future, i'll share one right now... In greece workers are not afraid of going on strike... I feel like i saw a glimpse of a scary probable future when a couple years ago the truckers driving oil to the gas station went on strike... literally EVERYONE and i mean everyone, was freaking out in athens anyways.. There was a line of cars at the gas stations going down the street and around the corner... at every gas stationstrong text****... this was because the truckers went on strike....I can't even imagine the panic of a full blown oil collapse after seeing that..very intense...