Explore - Educate - Enjoy

These Three (3) E's will help you make the most of your time outdoors.  Too be sure, the Three E's are interrelated in that if you are doing one, you are likely doing the others.  If you are outdoors, you are exploring nature, educating yourself on your immediate habitat, and enjoying the time you are spending not cooped up in the house or office.  And be willing to take a step further and test yourself, especially when your standard practices aren't necessarily working the way you planned in your current circumstances.

I keep a field journal, especially on a new body of water.  The practice is enjoyable and informative and has assisted in preparation the next visit a body of water (or even other locations with similar conditions.  Yet fish don't always play by the rules; conditions are not always ideal.  This is the perfect time to practice the Three E's.

Explore new locations, new lures, or new methods to educate yourself based on your observations.  Worst case scenario; you have spent a day floating around a body of water, walking through a stream/river, or hiking through the woods.  Maybe you have practiced a new technique you may otherwise neglect if the fish are on the bite.  An observant outdoorsman has taken note of their findings and should have enjoyed themselves along the way.  By moving out of your comfort zone, you may have learned something about yourself.

Keep in mind that you are outdoors.  There are endless opportunities to put the Three E's into practice whether your motives are purely self-driven or you are taking the time to help others do the same.  Your time outdoors should never be wasted.  If you put the Three E's into practice, you will always make it count.