"Suffering from vertigo resulted in my being under a doctor's care for two weeks prior to arriving at Rugged Cross Outfitters in Winston, NM. I had scheduled a five day photo shoot and we would be going after mountain lions in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. This trip was a step of faith in many ways, not the least of which was the prospect of being on horseback for miles across the most rugged terrain I had ever encountered. Having to face it with vertigo made it even more disconcerting. I discovered, however, that I was alright as long as I was on horseback. My world would still be spinning when I went to bed at night and rose up in the morning.
Sub-freezing temperatures, shale covered slopes, patches of snow and the steep canyon walls with sheer drop offs greeted me that first morning. I was excited to be there but during that first day on horseback there were moments I wondered if I would ever return to my home in Louisiana. It seemed I was continuously looking at the possibility of serious injury as I looked down into those rocky ravines. Thick brush would eventually tear my camera monopod loose and I would have to work without it. The horse forced my leg into a broken off tree branch. At first I thought I would have a serious injury. The branch had torn though my Scentlok pants and into my calf. Though not considered a major injury, I still have the scar to remind me of that eventful first day.
The next day was to bring the moment of a lifetime. The dogs could be heard in the distance sounding the alarm and we knew they had located a cat. We moved as rapidly as possible to the sound. Eventually, I would be face to face with a mountain lion at ten feet with just my camera and 13 hunting dogs between us. This was to be one of the greatest adventures I had ever experienced. Most hunters or even non- hunters would admit this would be the adventure of a lifetime.
Though all of these times in my life as a photographer and sportsman have been great adventures, none compares to knowing Jesus Christ as my Savior and Lord. Life's greatest adventure began for me as a nine year old boy when Jesus came into my life. That adventure continues today and I know it will never end. My prayer is that someone else's life will be changed through this presentation.