Tom Stienstra: Ambassador to the Outdoors

Tom Stienstra: Ambassador to the Outdoors

Iconic columnist and guidebook author has shared his adventures in California and the West for 30 years By Pete Gauvin Tom Stienstra: Ambassador to the Outdoors In 1978, as a young sportswriter for the Peninsula Times Tribune, Tom Stienstra was covering an Oakland Raiders’ game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field, when a life-changing epiphany seemingly fell out of the Wisconsin sky. “In the third quarter, I realized I was sitting with 60,000 people in need of exercise, watching 22 guys in need of a rest. And I asked myself, “What am I doing with my life?” He realized that life as a spectator/sportswriter was no life for him. The thought of a career sitting on his bum, watching and writing about a few lucky men playing a game, struck him as ultimate boredom, the personal equivalent of caging a wild animal. Little more than a year later,...
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