Thursday, September 22, 2011

20 Questions: Rebecca Garlock

Photo courtesy of Grant Taylor.
Like a lot of people over the last year or so, I first met Rebecca Garlock through what has become a vital clearing house of outdoor blogging information, the Outdoor Blogger Network. It's no coincidence that Rebecca, along with Joe Wolf, created this virtual hang-out for outdoor bloggers, and I like to think that it's Rebecca's drive and passion for the outdoors that made the OBN what it is today–highly relevant, informative, entertaining and an irreplaceable gateway into the outdoors for both bloggers and blog-readers.

But Rebecca, aka "The Outdooress," is much more than just the creator of this important new (it started 11 months ago) tool for the outdoor blogging community. She's a successful blogger herself, and she's a very influential outdoorswoman in her own right (we'll forgive her for the chucking hardware for salmon--nobody's perfect, right?). I have the utmost respect for Rebecca, and I've enjoyed getting to know her over the last year or so. I look forward to working with her again soon.

Now, onto the questions:

1. What is your idea of perfect happiness? 
Stay with me here, but I believe perfect happiness is something of a farce. I think happiness is like a great friend. If you put too much expectation, obligation and pressure on it, you’ll drive it away. So for me, the idea of happiness is enjoying all the spaces between everyday life. Enjoying the spaces on a river just enhances the whole deal...

2. What is your greatest fear? 
Here’s the cheap laugh. Nothing in the world will rattle me worse than a worm. Now you’ve done it–I shall have nightmares tonight just for typing out that four letter word.

3. Which historical figure do you most identify with? 
Since she passed away, I’m going to make her historical. My grandmother Mary. She was a through-and-through outdoors lady I will always identify with and admire.

4. Which living person do you most admire? 
My Father.

5. What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? 
I don’t make a good full time friend. I tend to disappear from the world, both emotionally and physically, for long periods of time into a solitary state of being. Thankfully my closest friends understand and accept that about me. Others tend to take my frequent silences personally when in reality it has nothing to do with them at all.

6. What is the trait you most deplore in others? 
Generalizing the world around them in a negative tone. Start a sentence with, “Everything or everyone...” and you’ll lose me.

7. What is your favorite journey? 
Question: Does this Jet Ski make my butt look big?
Rebecca's answer: "Uh, no."
All the ones that start without a map, a destination, a timeline or a purpose. I take those wandering journey’s quite a bit.

8. On what occasion do you lie? 
Any time a girlfriend asks me if her arse looks big in something, if her new hair color looks good or if I like the guy they are dating.

9. What is your greatest regret? 
Regrets shall remain in my closet. It’s a big closet complete with shoe rack and full length mirror.

10. What or who is the greatest love of your life? 
I’ll go with a “What” here. And that "what" is the outdoors. Things change, life shifts, but my love of the outdoors always remains the same.

11. Which talent would you most like to have? 
Would it be considered shallow to say I covet the ability to cast the perfect double haul?

12. What do you consider your greatest achievement? 
Raising two daughters that have turned out rather amazing in spite of the fact I was never a cupcake Mom. Thankfully, the girls claim to appreciate that I’ve never been like the other moms.
13. What is your most treasured possession? 
My personal journals. They hold my history.

14. Where would you like to live? 
Not afraid of Virginia Woolf.
Personally, I don’t want to live anywhere. The older I get, the less possessions I want tying me down. As soon as my youngest daughter flies the nest, I’m outta here. I’ll be a full time rubbertramp living the life of a nomad.

15. Who are your favorite writers? 
Edward Abbey, Virginia Woolf, John Muir, Elizabeth Gilbert, E.E. cummings...there is no way to list all my favorites here!

16. How would you like to die? 
Good question. I know I do not want to die via drowning-fire-car crash-suffocation-murder-cancer-or anything I’ve seen on 1,001 ways to die. So I’ll pick option 1,002–peacefully in my sleep while napping next to a river when I’m 92.

17. What’s on your iPod? 
A playlist for every mood. U2, Eddie Vedder, Dave Mathews Band, The Notorious B.I.G., Massive Attack, 311 and so on..the only thing you won’t find on there is Country Music.

18. If you were a pet, what would your name be? 
Probably Sage. For obvious fly fishing reasons and other not so obvious reasons.

19. What would your profession be if you couldn’t do what you do now? 
Professional Fly Fisher. What? There isn’t such a thing? Well a gal can dream of the perfect excuse to fly fish all day, right?

20. In three words, how would your closest friends describe you? 
I don’t know. Let me text two closest friends and see what they say. OK, the verdicts are in Friend 1) loyal, trustworthy and beautiful;  Friend 2) loyal, adventurous and generous

BONUS QUESTION: If there is a Heaven, and you go to Heaven, what would God say to you upon your arrival? 
"Well now Rebecca, I see here in the books that you have been enjoying yourself all these years."


  1. Another great one! It's funny, but I've haven't had the pleasure of meeting Rebecca but I feel like we're old friends...pure class.

  2. I like this new spot you have going on here...very cool. Enjoyed the read/interview.

  3. Things have been so busy with the day job... this is an easy way to keep content fresh and give some other good folks credit for their work. I'm glad you'r enjoying it... tell your friends ;)

  4. Lovin' the series! Can't wait to see who's next. :)

  5. Really? This sounds like some fantasy woman dreamt up by a couple fly guys. Great work and example for my daughter.

  6. Thanks for the opportunity Chris and positive comments everyone ~

    p.s. Rhythm Rider - I promise, no fly guys were consulted in the making of Me =)

  7. Excellent interview, Chris. Hope to meet Rebecca someday on the review (you too, btw...).

    Thanks for sharing, Rebecca. Wishing you continued success your ventures and freedom when the nest is empty.

  8. She may be occasionally elusive and prone to disappearing, and while she may run she cannot hide from the fact that she's one of my favorites.