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The Storied Outdoors

The Storied Outdoors

By Bryan Gill & Brad Hill

A podcast somewhere between Lewis and Tolkien and Lewis and Clark, finding clarity in the stories we tell and the adventures that shape us.
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Ep 61: Joe Monaghan: Founder of Anglers Coffee
Ep 61: Joe Monaghan: Founder of Anglers Coffee
In this episode we meet Joe Monaghan the founder of Angler's Coffee and an avid fly fisherman. Brad got to know Joe through an Instagram giveaway and through correspondence on Instagram we decided a conversation on the podcast to hear his story was in order. Joe had some great stories to tell and we we enjoyed hearing about the Genesis of Angler's Coffee. Follow Angler's Coffee on Instagram and tell them you heard about them from us! @anglerscoffeeco or go by their website www.anglerscoffee.com and purchase some of their coffee. Post about it and let us know your thoughts. Visit Growley Leather Co. and save 15% by using code TSO2022 www.growleyleather.com Take advantage of the discount code MBFTSO for 15$ off of your order with www.mobilebayfirewood.com If you have questions or comments please send them to thestoriedoutdoors.com In introduction music written and recorded by Brad Hill.
55:45
November 30, 2022
Ep 60:Geoff Moore and the Distance and founder of Fellowship Adventures.
Ep 60:Geoff Moore and the Distance and founder of Fellowship Adventures.
Geoff Moore, of Geoff Moore and the Distance is one of the most prominent voices in contemporary Christian music of the 1990’s. Writing many of the songs that contributed to the rise of Christian music with his great friend, Stephen Curtis Chapman, Geoff Moore shaped the landscape of a generation of Christians. Now, he has a different focus, an outdoor ministry that helps pastors and others suffering burnout find clarity through adventure. We hope you’ll join us for this fun conversation that covers a LOT of ground. Connect with The work Geoff is doing with Fellowship Adventures. www.fellowshipadventures.org Partner with Compassion International by sponsoring a child.  www.compassion.com Visit Growley Leather Co. and save 15% by using code TSO2022 www.growleyleather.com Take advantage of the discount code MBFTSO for 15$ off of your order with www.mobilebayfirewood.com If you have questions or comments please send them to thestoriedoutdoors.com In introduction music written and recorded by Brad Hill.
01:05:01
November 16, 2022
Ep 59: Tom Rosenbauer: Host of Orvis Fly fishing Guide Podcast & Author
Ep 59: Tom Rosenbauer: Host of Orvis Fly fishing Guide Podcast & Author
Ep 59: Tom Rosenbauer: Host of Orvis Fly fishing Guide Podcast & Author joins us on this episode. What an honor it was to sit down with this fly fishing icon and discuss fishing local waters as well as the allure of the exotic trip. Bryan and Brad have been sitting on this episode for a while and were able to tell Tom about the great work Matt Lewis (and many others) in Alabama are doing to bring awareness to the feisty Alabama-native Redeye Bass. Also, Tom recalls an epic trip where risking frostbite was worth “just one more cast.” And we get to ask him about the possibility of ever writing a memoir on his storied life. The answer may surprise you! Join us for this episode and be sure to share it with a friend you think would enjoy it. Visit Growley Leather Co. and save 15% by using code TSO2022 www.growleyleather.com Take advantage of the discount code MBFTSO for 15$ off of your order with www.mobilebayfirewood.com If you have questions or comments please send them to thestoriedoutdoors.com In introduction music written and recorded by Brad Hill.
44:08
November 09, 2022
Ep: 58 Amanda Bridges-Dunn Adventuring Light
Ep: 58 Amanda Bridges-Dunn Adventuring Light
In this episode, we meet Amanda Bridges-Dunn, an adventurer, caver, chaser of waterfalls, and downright explorer. Amanda writes about her and her family’s explorations on adventuringlight.com, where she says, “we want to inspire you to get outside and enjoy God’s creation.” Amanda and her family explore all over Alabama and the surrounding states. We talk about her love for adventure, and both Bryan and Brad hesitate to enter tight spaces. We learn about all manner of exploration and laugh a lot. You won’t want to miss this episode with the delightful Amanda Bridges-Dunn. Follow Amanda’s Adventures through her incredible Instagram feed HERE Visit Growley Leather Co. and save 15% by using code TSO2022 www.growleyleather.com Take advantage of the discount code MBFTSO for 15$ off of your order with www.mobilebayfirewood.com If you have questions or comments please send them to thestoriedoutdoors.com In introduction music written and recorded by Brad Hill.
53:58
November 02, 2022
 Ep 57: Dr. Christopher Lynn: Anthropologist on Why is sitting by a fire so good.
Ep 57: Dr. Christopher Lynn: Anthropologist on Why is sitting by a fire so good.
We have often discussed the joy of sitting around the campfire and inviting it is for telling stories. After looking around, we found an article discussing the health benefits of looking in the flames of a fire.  In this episode, we meet Dr. Christopher Lynn, professor of anthropology at the University of Alabama, and hear about his research on the benefits of fire gazing. We also discover that the name "Caveman TV" actually has scientific facts to back it up as accurate. Through this discussion about the science of looking at a fire, we find out why we feel the way we do when we sit around a fire and why we are more inclined to tell stories with those gathered around. Check out the Article we reference in this episode here. Buy Dr. Lynns book here. Follow Dr. Lynn on Twitter  Follow Dr. Lynn on Instagram  We would be so blessed if you left us a rating and review if you enjoy this podcast do us a favor by sharing it with your friends. Visit Growley Leather Co. and save 15% by using code TSO2022 www.growleyleather.com Take advantage of the discount code MBFTSO for 15$ off of your order with www.mobilebayfirewood.com If you have questions or comments please send them to thestoriedoutdoors@gmail.com In introduction music written and recorded by Brad Hill.
01:02:22
October 26, 2022
Ep 56: Rocky Mountain Road Trip Essay By Brad Hill
Ep 56: Rocky Mountain Road Trip Essay By Brad Hill
In this episode, we travel with Brad and his family from Alabama to Colorado and Rocky Mountain National Park. While driving home from this family adventure, Brad and his wife Paige are in a bit of disbelief that they actually did it. The long road trip provided valuable time to reflect on all that had passed and perhaps bask in the glow of having accomplished what they thought was out of reach. This reflection rendered some valuable lessons that will propel the Hill clan toward more adventures and stories. You won't want to miss this one! Books referenced in this episode- “Get Your Life Back” By John Eldredge Purchase Here “The Hidden Life Of Trees” By Peter Wohlleben Purchase Here Visit Growley Leather Co. and save 15% by using code TSO2022 www.growleyleather.com Take advantage of the discount code MBFTSO for 15$ off of your order with www.mobilebayfirewood.com If you have questions or comments please send them to thestoriedoutdoors.com In introduction music written and recorded by Brad Hill
34:38
October 19, 2022
Ep 55: Sean Dietrich: Author, Musician, Humorist
Ep 55: Sean Dietrich: Author, Musician, Humorist
This week’s guest is author and Southern humorist, Sean Dietrich! Sean is a columnist, novelist, and podcast host, known for his commentary on life in the American South. His work has appeared in Newsweek, Southern Living, Garden and Gun, The Tallahassee Democrat, Good Grit, South Magazine, Alabama Living, the Birmingham News, Thom Magazine, and The Mobile Press Register. He has authored thirteen books, and is the creator of the “Sean of the South” Podcast. His latest book, You Are My Sunshine, is releasing this month. It’s a laugh-out-loud funny true story of a loving relationship, a grand adventure, and a promise kept. Born in Kansas City Missouri, moved around a bit till he landed in Florida close enough to Alabama to be more of an Alabamian than a Floridian, and now resides in Alabama. Sean and his wife Jamie have been married for 19yrs. Be sure to tune in to hear our conversation with Sean as well as a guest appearance from Thelma Lou, the hound dog as she alerts the neighborhood of the mailman apparently threatening to approach Sean’s front door.  Buy You are my Sunshine here.  Follow Sean on Instagram @seanofthesouth Follow Sean on facebook Sean of The South Follow Sean on his YouTube Listen to his PodCast Sean of the South Join Sean’s News letter to keep up with all thats going on with him. Here Visit Sean's website, seandietrich.com. Visit Growley Leather Co. and save 15% by using code TSO2022 www.growleyleather.com Take advantage of the discount code MBFTSO for 15$ off of your order with www.mobilebayfirewood.com If you have questions or comments please send them to thestoriedoutdoors@gmail.com introduction music written and recorded by Brad Hill.
01:05:49
October 12, 2022
Ep 54: Steve Davis Founder Of On River time
Ep 54: Steve Davis Founder Of On River time
Steve Davis knows first hand what it's like to grow up as a kid who experienced trauma. So, it was no surprise to many when he started a nonprofit, On River Time, in 2012, that helps kids who have survived abuse and neglect find clarity about their past and see the future God has for them. Coupled with his love of fly fishing, Steve and the incredible volunteers and staff at On River Time use fly fishing as "a means of connecting with each child." Steve's story is incredible and we are so thankful that he shared it with us on this episode of The Storied Outdoors. Be sure to follow them on the links below. And check out Steve's book as well, Picking Butter Beans. Visit their website to learn more about how to get involved at www.onrivertime.org. Follow On River Time on Instagram @onrivertimenonprofit We would be so blessed if you left us a rating and review if you enjoy this podcast do us a favor by sharing it with your friends. Visit Growley Leather Co. and save 15% by using code TSO2022 www.growleyleather.com Take advantage of the discount code MBFTSO for 15$ off of your order with www.mobilebayfirewood.com  If you have questions or comments please send them to thestoriedoutdoors@gmail.com. Introduction music written and recorded by Brad HiIl.
41:22
October 05, 2022
Ep. 53: The Nine Mile Ride: Essay by Dr. Bryan Gill
Ep. 53: The Nine Mile Ride: Essay by Dr. Bryan Gill
The Nine Mile Ride “It’s been true in my life that when I’ve needed a mentor, the right one shows up.” –Ken Blanchard In this essay episode, Dr. Gill reflects on the impact cycling and mentors have had in his life over the years. This essay covers a lot of territory from learning to ride a bike for a cub scout bike-a-thon in the 80s, to a hilarious encounter with Bo Jackson at Bo Bikes Bama in 2016, to riding the New York City Five-Boros ride in 2022. Over the years, cycling has been a way for Bryan to gain clarity through the outdoors. This was never more true than when Bryan had a transformative nine-mile-ride that rocked his world in 2018.  Be sure to check out the links below that are mentioned in this essay. The Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring article- https://www.evidencebasedmentoring.org/top-25-mentoring-relationships-in-history/ Learn More about C.S. Lewis' mentor, W.T. Kirkpatrick in this article- https://apilgriminnarnia.com/2012/10/04/mentor/  Learn More about Bo Bikes Bama here. Learn More about NYC 5 Boros Ride here. We would be so blessed if you left us a rating and review if you enjoy this podcast do us a favor by sharing it with your friends. Visit Growley Leather Co. and save 15% by using code TSO2022 www.growleyleather.com Take advantage of the discount code MBFTSO for 15$ off of your order with www.mobilebayfirewood.com If you have questions or comments please send them to thestoriedoutdoors.com In introduction music written and recorded by Brad Hill. This essay was also read to you by Brad Hill.
28:05
September 28, 2022
Ep 52: Louis Markos Author On the Shoulders of Hobbits
Ep 52: Louis Markos Author On the Shoulders of Hobbits
In this episode, we are joined by Dr. Louis Markos, author and expert in C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien literature. We explore a wide range of topics in this fast-paced episode ranging from the beauty of national parks to the importance of male friendships. You don't want to blink during this episode or you'll miss the treasures this episode holds.  Buy Louis' book, On the Shoulders of Hobbits: The Road to Virtue with Tolkien and Lewis here.  Follow Louis on Twitter @loumarkos  Follow Louis on YouTube. We would be so blessed if you left us a rating and review if you enjoy this podcast do us a favor by sharing it with your friends.  Visit Growley Leather Co. and save 15% by using code TSO2022 www.growleyleather.com  Take advantage of the discount code MBFTSO for 15$ off of your order with www.mobilebayfirewood.com    If you have questions or comments please send them to thestoriedoutdoors.com In introduction music written and recorded by Brad Hill
44:52
September 21, 2022
Ep 51: Season 5 Introduction: Lost And Found, The Story Of Two Lost Lures.
Ep 51: Season 5 Introduction: Lost And Found, The Story Of Two Lost Lures.
Welcome to season 5 of The Storied Outdoors! This episode is a little longer than the others, but we had a full summer of adventures to recap. Also, we had a special guest and friend of the show, Wade Blevins with us and Wade is always good for a story or two. In this episode, we reminiscence about the highlights of Season 4 and preview the incredible lineup for Season 5. We also tell two stories about two different fishing trips where lures were lost and found in unbelievable ways: one was a small mouth fishing trip with Wade and the other was a largemouth fishing trip on Lake Guntersville. We have some exciting guests and announcements coming for this season that you don't want to miss. Thank you for joining us in this journey.   We talked for a moment about if you want to get into fly fishing but don’t know where to start, book a guide service. We mentioned www.eastalabamaflyfishing.com  or www.flyfishingalabama.com . We trust both of these services and they will put you on the fish and feed you well if you so choose. If you end up using them, tell those guys we sent you. We would be so blessed if you left us a rating and review if you enjoy this podcast do us a favor by sharing it with your friends.  Visit Growley Leather Co. and save 15% by using code TSO2022 www.growleyleather.com  Take advantage of the discount code MBFTSO for 15$ off of your order with www.mobilebayfirewood.com   Follow Wade Blevins on his instagram @4wade_blevins  and @samsonebug  If you have questions or comments please send them to thestoriedoutdoors.com In introduction music written and recorded by Brad Hill.
01:34:11
September 14, 2022
Ep 50: A Father's Day essay: Written By Brittany Pack
Ep 50: A Father's Day essay: Written By Brittany Pack
Brittany is a passionate Jesus girl and outdoorswoman from a big, loud Northern Michigan family. She now resides in Pittsburgh, where she is an avid skier and fly fisher, as well as a hobby writer and occasional speaker. Brittany is passionate about working with teenagers and currently works as the Student Activities Director at a major public high school and leads student ministry at her local church. Follow Brittany's journey on instagram @okthisismylifenow Email us at thestoriedoutdoors.com Music written and Recorded by Brad Hill
31:41
June 15, 2022
Ep. 49: Season Four Wrap up
Ep. 49: Season Four Wrap up
 Season Four Wrap up Bryan and Brad Sit down to look back at the amazing Season 4, some of their favorite guest and favorite quotes. I am Sure there will be a story or two to be told about some of the adventures over the winter and Spring. Follow us on Instagram Follow us on Twitter  Visit our Website We would love to hear from you email us thestoriedoutdoor@gmail.com Music written and recorded by Brad Hill
46:16
May 09, 2022
Ep. 48: Andy Blanks: Co-Founder and Publisher for Iron Hill Press
Ep. 48: Andy Blanks: Co-Founder and Publisher for Iron Hill Press
Andy Blanks is the Co-Founder and Publisher for Iron Hill Press. He is an author, speaker, former marine, avid outdoorsman, woodworker, and podcast host. He lives in Birmingham, AL with his wife, Brendt, and their four children. The best way to describe Andy is that he’s the most published author you’ve never heard of. He’s authored dozens of books and sold hundreds of thousands, but my favorite way to describe him is that he’s been a mentor and friend of mine for nearly 24 years. When Bryan was a junior in high school in Eufaula, Alabama, Andy was a college student and his disciple now leader at First Baptist Eufaula. They reconnected when Bryan was in grad school in Birmingham and have been writing books together since then. Andy Blanks dons many a moniker : Father. Husband, Author. Speaker. Podcast host. Co-founder of YM360 & Iron Hill Press. Co-host of The Big, Full, Fun Podcast.  Marine. Self described Sub-par but impassioned runner. We hope you enjoy this conversation we were blessed to have with Andy. In this episode we cover a ton of ground like why story resonates with all ages, parenting struggles and goals, as well as the work Andy I doing in Men's Ministry.  Tolkien Response to the question, Why not fly the Eagles to Mordor, it would have been a whole lot easier. Check it out Here.  Download the New Strive App Here Learn more about Iron Hill Press Here Follow Andy on Twitter Follow Their podcast "The Big, Full Fun Podcast." Follow us on Instagram Follow us on Twitter  Visit our Website We would love to hear from you email us thestoriedoutdoors@gmail.com Music written and recorded by Brad Hill
55:53
May 02, 2022
Ep. 47: Dr. Wess Stafford President Emeritus Compassion Int
Ep. 47: Dr. Wess Stafford President Emeritus Compassion Int
Dr. Wess Stafford, President Emeritus of Compassion International son of missionaries to the Ivory Coast, Wess grew up as one of the village children cared for by a wise and loving African “extended family.” He earned undergraduate degrees from Moody Bible Institute, Biola University and a master’s degree from Wheaton College, as well as a Ph.D. from Michigan State University. Wess is a veteran, having served four years in the U.S. Army as a linguist in military intelligence. Wess joined the staff of Compassion International in 1977 and worked with the ministry, both overseas and at headquarters. He served as President for 20 years. He is also an avid outdoorsman and committed family man, living on a small ranch near Colorado Springs, Colorado, with his wife Donna who was a Compassion sponsor even before she met Wess. They have two daughters, Jenny and Katie — the two children in the world for whom Wess is the greatest advocate of all. We are so honored to have this conversation with Dr. Stafford. We cover a lot of ground hearing from Wess about his upbringing in Africa and all the lessons he learned that structured his leadership in serving Compassion International and ultimately being its president for 20 years.  Check out Dr. Stafford's Books; "Just A Minute" and "Too Small To Ignore." To join Dr. Stafford in the battle against poverty visit www.compassion.com and support a child in need.  Questions and Comments, we would love to hear from you email us at thestoriedoutdoors@gmail.com  Music Written and Recorded by Brad Hill
56:55
April 25, 2022
Ep 46: Wade Blevins and the Story of the Sam's One Bug
Ep 46: Wade Blevins and the Story of the Sam's One Bug
We are thrilled to be joined by fellow Alabama fly fisherman, Wade Blevins. Wade tells us about one of the most versatile fly fishing bugs around, the Sams One Bug. The problem is, you can’t buy them anywhere. But lucky for us, Wade openly shares the recipe and if you ask him nicely, he’s likely to send you a few in the mail. This conversation covers a lot of ground and we could’ve gone on for hours. We hope you enjoy this rich conversation with our friend, Wade.  Follow Wade on Instagram at @samsonebug Watch the instructional video from Wade on how to tie the Legendary  "Sam's One Bug" Here Follow us on Instagram Follow us on Twitter  Visit our Website We would love to hear from you email us thestoriedoutdoors@gmail.com Music written and recorded by Brad Hill
58:14
April 18, 2022
Ep 45: Jayme & Morgan Snellgrove: Surviving Sally
Ep 45: Jayme & Morgan Snellgrove: Surviving Sally
Long time friends of Brad, Jayme and Morgan Snellgrove join the podcast to share their story about life on a sailboat. We learn all sorts practical things that go into sailing and we hear the about the recent naming of their lovely sail boat. Ultimately we get to hear the harrowing tail of how they survived Hurricane Sally in fall of 2020. There is so much to love about this conversation and we know you will enjoy getting to Know Jayme and Captain Morgan.  If you would like to follow the Adventures of the Snellgrove's follow their Jayme's instagram and Captain Morgan's Instagram  Follow us on Instagram Follow us on Twitter  Visit our Website We would love to hear from you email us thestoriedoutdoor@gmail.com Music written and recorded by Brad Hill
01:08:44
April 11, 2022
Ep. 44: Alone in the Dead Marshes: Essay by Dr. Bryan Gill
Ep. 44: Alone in the Dead Marshes: Essay by Dr. Bryan Gill
In this essay, Bryan recalls a frightening night where he was lost in a swamp as a teenager. Reflection and journaling helped him to more fully understand this event and others. Reflection and journaling have been a big part of Bryan’s adulthood and in this essay, he offers insights into the practice of both. We hope you will enjoy this episode entitled, “Alone in the Dead Marshes,” written by Dr. Bryan Gill and read to you by Brad Hill.   “No Man is an Island.”  No man is an island entire of itself;  every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main;  if a clod be washed away by the sea,  Europe is the less,  as well as if a promontory were,  as well as any manner of thy friends or of thine own were;  any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind.  And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls;  it tolls for thee.  John Donne,    We would love to hear from You email us at thestoriedoutdoors@gmail.com   For More Content visit our website www.thestoriedoutdoors.com    If you are Looking for a great leather journal checkout Growley Leather    The Art of Manliness journal can be found here.
26:08
April 04, 2022
Ep. 43: Pastor Ed Litton: President Of Southern Baptist Convention
Ep. 43: Pastor Ed Litton: President Of Southern Baptist Convention
Ed Litton is the 63rdt President of the Southern Baptist Convention; more importantly, since 1994, he has Pastored Redemption Church in Saraland, Alabama, faithfully shepherding many, including my in-laws, for many years. Although there is much more we could include in this bio, He is also an avid fly fisherman, photographer, and all-around outdoor adventurer. We cover lots of topics in our conversation with Ed, from such a busy schedule, and how you find rest and sabbath—to navigating the death of his wife of 25 years. As an all-around outdoorsman and lover of adventure, Ed shared with us some photography stories about an incredible picture he was fortunate to capture from the bottom of the Grand Canyon and seeing a white Buffalo. Both Bryan and I love photography, so we geeked out a little on the technical side of how you capture the night sky with your camera and whether you prefer landscape or wildlife. One of our favorite topics on the podcast, if you have listened for any time, is fly fishing. Ed joins us in our love for fly fishing and shares some of his favorite places where he can fish. Idaho continues to come up in our conversations, and Bryan and I feel the call to Idaho to fish, so if you know anyone out there, put us in contact with them. We had such a splendid time getting to know Pastor Ed Litton. Ed shared a photo album filled with photos we talked about, along with some of his favorites, including a few of the beautiful fish he has caught over the years. Follow Ed and his incredible photos and adventures @edlitton on his instagram  If you would like to watch this interview visit our YouTube channel We would love to hear from you, please send your questions and comments to thestoriedoutdoors@gmail.com Music Written and Recorded by Brad Hill
44:56
March 28, 2022
Ep 42: Jon Hagedorn: Founder of Family Lines
Ep 42: Jon Hagedorn: Founder of Family Lines
Since 1997 Jon has worked professionally in the outdoor recreation industry,  He has a degree in Outdoor Recreation and Leadership from Western Washington University & has logged thousands of miles on rivers throughout the Northwest as both a whitewater and fishing guide and instructor. As much as the trips and activities themselves, Jon enjoys building relationships and memories with others, especially families.  Jon and his beautiful bride Julie currently live in Leavenworth, WA with their 2 sons. Jon is the founder of Family Lines , Husband of Julie, Father of two sons, a Level 4 A.C.A. Raft Instructor,  Fish Whisperer ( A moniker bestowed on him by someone else) and apparently a Pass the Pigs Pro In this episode with Jon Hagedorn, we cover a wide range of topics, from his work developing the Family Lines ministry their documentary series to him being on the other side of the Camera. We get a glimpse into one of his defining moments and how the Lord has graciously led him through it to now beginning not just a new chapter but a new Volume altogether. We hear about some of the work Family lines do; we discuss one of our favorite topics, "Why is discussion around an open fire so good? And we discussed a little bit of fly fishing. We hope this conversation leads you to ask yourself, "what is your defining moment in your life? If you want to know more about Family Lines visit their website. www.familylines.org Check out the video series here. We would love to hear from you, email us thestoriedoutdoors@gmail.com Music Written and recorded by Brad Hill
01:06:18
March 21, 2022
Ep. 41: All That Is Gold Does Not Glitter: Essay by Brad Hill
Ep. 41: All That Is Gold Does Not Glitter: Essay by Brad Hill
Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul. -John Muir In this episode, Brad reflects on beauty and where we find it—looking back at his trip to Wyoming and his weekly experience in Mobile, on Bolton Branch near his office. This essay is chocked full of fishing stories, including a personal best brown trout in an epic place, discovering a gem of a place to fish right in his back yard, and reflections on the idea of beauty. This sparked some questions for lots of self reflection about looking harder for what perhaps is hidden beauty all around us that we could be missing. The trip out to Wyoming cultivated a healthy reflection on evaluating my schedule and creating more margin for conversation and enough time to be known. “ There is no place on earth without the potential for unearthing holiness. Right where we are with these people we are with.”- Eugene Peterson If you would like to see more content including photos from this essay and videos visit our website for that and much more. Connect with the Refuge Foundation Check out the incredible street photographer We mention in the story. @dino.serrao Follow us on Instagram Follow us on Twitter  Visit our Website  We would love to hear from you email us thestoriedoutdoor@gmail.com Music written and recorded by Brad Hill
34:60
March 14, 2022
Ep. 40: Scott Goolsby: Broyles Award winner for Alabama
Ep. 40: Scott Goolsby: Broyles Award winner for Alabama
Scott Goolsby is the 2021 Broyles Award winner for the state of Alabama, given to the most outstanding assistant coach in each state. Co-host, Bryan Gill grew up with Scott and looked up to him as a role model when he was a kid. Bryan still looks up to Scott as adults because he is a man of God who loves his family well. Oh, and by the way, he just so happens to be one of the best high school football coaches in America. We hope you will enjoy this episode with Scott Goolsby, Defensive Coordinator for Auburn High School as he talks about some of his successes and insecurities that he's had to face over time as well as one of the most heart-wrenching losses a coach can ever endure on the field. It was the Alabama 7A state championship game in December of 2020. Auburn High was winning with 18 seconds left verses touted Alabama high school powerhouse, Thompson High School. Bryan was watching from Birmingham and had already sent a congratulatory text to Scott who was coaching the game. However, the game wasn't over....and well, you can read the rest of the story below and listen to Scott's incredible perspective in this episode. Enjoy! https://www.foxnews.com/sports/thompson-high-school-alabama-scores-10-points-18-seconds-win-state-championship-game  We would love to hear from you, send us an email thestoriedoutdoors@gmail.com Music Written and Recorded by Brad Hill
52:50
March 07, 2022
Ep. 39: Luke 5 Adventures: Hiking With Those Who Can't Hike Themselves
Ep. 39: Luke 5 Adventures: Hiking With Those Who Can't Hike Themselves
For those who aren’t physically able to: Hike IT, Forge IT, Climb IT, Cross IT, or Ascend IT,  Luke 5 Adventures can make IT possible.  On this episode we are joined by the team from Luke 5 Adventures;  Kevin Schwieger- Founder and President Whitney Blackston- Vice President  Tricia Cartner- Volunteer Coordinator. We get to hear how this adventure began, some stories of some of their hikes, and how you can partner with them in this incredible organization.   For more info and to connect with Luke 5 Adventures, visit their website www.Luke5adventures.com  We would love to hear from you, email us at thestoriedoutdoors@gmail.com Music Written and Recorded by: Brad Hill
55:07
February 28, 2022
Ep. 38: David Kakish: Father, Pastor, Fly Fisherman
Ep. 38: David Kakish: Father, Pastor, Fly Fisherman
We are so excited to have a conversation with David Kakish. Husband to Ashley, Father to Em, Lewis, Ruth, and Kaiah, The Kakishes: "we're a Twizzlers family," David has moved around a good bit growing up in Boston, living in Mobile,AL where He and I worked together, he is now Pastor at Cornerstone Church in St. Leavenworth, WA. He is an adventurer, flyfisherman, and a developing woodsman. David Shares with us a harrowing story about a hike where he broke his ankle only a few days into living in a new place and his reflections on that experience. We cover some of our favorite topics and you won't want to miss hearing from David's heart about the importance about our experiences in the outdoors.  Follow Dave and His adventures on his instagram @davidkakish  Hear David preach and teach his congregation here  Also check out theologyinthemiddle.com for more content from David.  David mentioned a particular podcast episode where he is a contributor that I believe you guys would really enjoy. Check out the conversation on our Hobbies from Theology in the Middle For any Questions or comments, we would love to hear from you at thestoriedoutdoors@gmail.com Music Written and recorded by Brad Hill
47:47
February 21, 2022
Ep. 37: Patti Callahan: NY Times Best Selling Novelist
Ep. 37: Patti Callahan: NY Times Best Selling Novelist
This season begins with an incredible guest and author, the lovely Patti Callahan Henry. What an honor to have Patti with us to kick off this season on The Storied Outdoors. Patti is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of sixteen novels and podcast host. She is the recipient of The Christy Award — A 2019 Winner “Book of the Year”; The Harper Lee Distinguished Writer of the Year for 2020 and the Alabama Library Association Book of the Year for 2019. She is the co-host and co-creator of the popular weekly online Friends and Fiction live web show and podcast. Patti is also a contributor to the weekly life lesson essay column for Parade Magazine. A full-time author and mother of three children, she now resides in both Mountain Brook, Alabama, and Bluffton, South Carolina with her husband. Along with all of Patti's accolades, she brings a wealth of knowledge about one of our favorite authors, C.S. Lewis. Having written two Lewis-adjacent books, Patti has an extensive knowledge of the more intricate details of Lewis' life. It was so fun to pick her brain about a shared literary hero of ours. We also dive into her other writings and discuss how place is such an important part of every story. She writes, “Landscape holds our collective memories in the curve of its hand. Offering them to us whenever we pay attention and at the same time we hold landscapes in the hidden places of our individual memories and stories.” We know you will enjoy this episode with Patti Callahan Henry as much as we did. Be sure to follow her online with the links below and buy her books as well! Her books are available wherever books are sold. Follow Patti on her website www.patticallahanhenry.com Follow Patti on Instagram @pattichenry Follow Patti on her Youtube Please send us your questions and comments to thestoriedoutdoors@gmail.com Music Written and Recorded by Brad Hill
47:48
February 07, 2022
Ep. 36: Season Four Introduction: Acres of Bass and The Land of the Shining Water
Ep. 36: Season Four Introduction: Acres of Bass and The Land of the Shining Water
We are fired up to start a fresh season of stories and interviews for the fourth season of The Storied Outdoors. We are joined today by one of our previous guests, Dr. Hugh Cheek who graciously and courageously shared his story of suffering and life with us. Our other special guest has been a huge encouragement to Brad in this venture and one of his dearest friends in life, pastor of Temple Bible Church in Temple, TX., Chase Bowers. We're certain you'll enjoy getting to know these fellas a little better. Both Hugh and Chase joined Bryan and Brad along with a couple of other fishermen in north Georgia in the fall of 2021 for a fishing trip and some time of rich fellowship and adventure. This episode serves as an intro for season four, but also recounts their trip to North Georgia and some of their more memorable highs and lows along the way. We recorded this episode on the February 2nd, and in honor of Black History Month, the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. kick us off. He said, “The major problem of life is learning how to handle the costly interruptions. The door that slams shut, the plan that got sidetracked, the marriage that failed. Or that lovely poem that didn't get written because someone knocked on the door.” We hope you'll enjoy this episode as we laugh and lament the misadventures of our north Georgia fishing trip.
01:12:18
February 07, 2022
Ep. 35: Where Are They Now?
Ep. 35: Where Are They Now?
As we close out this calendar year and wrap up Season Three of The Storied Outdoors, we invited a few friends from past seasons to join us. James D. Witmer, Ronnie Gatrey, Milla Chappell, and Courtney Munson all join us in a fun conversation about where they are in life. There are some big announcements and major life updates that make this lively episode one of the most fun we've had yet. We hope you enjoy what we are calling our TSO New Year's Eve Party (minus the annoying noise makers). Have a great holiday and we will be back in February. Cheers!  James D. Witmer-  Website- jamesdwitmer.com Instagram- @jamesdwitmer, @bigoldgardenstories, @juliewitmergardens, @story_warren  Ronnie Gatrey- Podcast- Tha Tipping Point- Your source for the black male's perspective   Courtney Munson- Instagram- @cmmunson  Milla Chappell- Website- Foster Camp Store (https://fostercampstore.myshopify.com)  Instagram- @realhappydogs
01:18:46
December 27, 2021
Ep. 34: The Christmas Pageant: By Dr. Bryan Gill
Ep. 34: The Christmas Pageant: By Dr. Bryan Gill
Grab a cup of hot chocolate and cozy up by the fireplace as Fireside Tales for Christmas takes you to a place where Christmas brings out the best in everyone. Reading Fireside Tales for Christmas is like stepping into a scene on a Christmas card and witnessing what those characters' lives might be like. You will feel nostalgic as characters such as Uncle Doc, sweet little Penny and her grandma Idy, Ben and Mr. Abrams, and others transform the predictable traditions of the holidays into lasting Christmas treasures. These stories can be enjoyed by all ages but are best experienced when accompanied by those you love...and a cup of Uncle Doc's hot chocolate, of course. This volume of short stories includes: Hidden Wonders, A Cardinal in Winter, The Sweetest Gift, Christmas Interrupted, and The Christmas Pageant. Purchase "Fireside Tales for Christmas." We would love to hear from you, Email us thestoriedoutdoors@gmail.com Read by Brad Hill Music Written and recorded by Brad Hill
48:34
December 20, 2021
Ep. 33: Dr. Kyle Beshears: Pastor, Author, and Kayaker
Ep. 33: Dr. Kyle Beshears: Pastor, Author, and Kayaker
Kyle Beshears is campus pastor of Mars Hill Church in Mobile, Alabama. He holds a PhD from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, teaches courses on religion at the University of Mobile, and is author of the recently published "Apatheism: How We Share When They Don't Care." Kyle’s favorite spaces for sabbath are in the cockpit of a kayak and among the peace of woodland trails. We cover a lot of ground in our conversation with Kyle! We talk about his time living in Europe and one particular adventure during a pilgrimage in Spain called “The Camino de Santiago,” where he encountered all manner of Characters and we hear his reflections on this journey. We also spend some time hearing from Kyle about his experiences getting into kayaking in the vast waterways of Mobile, AL and the gulf coast. We end our conversation hearing about Kyles latest book from B&H Publishing entitled “Apatheism.” How can you share the gospel with someone who doesn’t care? As Western culture becomes increasingly indifferent to questions of faith, diverted by secularism, comfort, and distraction, believers encounter many people who don’t so much doubt God as they are apathetic toward him. In Apatheism, Kyle Beshears urges us to recapture the joy of our salvation and demonstrates how to faithfully display the love of Christ to apatheist friends and neighbors. You can Follow Kyle on his instagram @kylebeshears You can purchase Kyle’s Book from Amazon You can also follow some Podcast that Kyle host at theologyinthemiddle.com Thanks for Listening, leave us a review and share this page with a friend. Questions or Comments we would love to hear from you email us  @ thestoriedoutdoors@gmail.com Music Written and recorded by Brad Hill
52:13
December 13, 2021
Ep. 32: Emily Johnson: Artist
Ep. 32: Emily Johnson: Artist
When most Alabamians think about Lake Martin as a place to vacation, Emily Johnson thinks of it as home. Growing up on the water and being an artist, Emily naturally gravitated to painting fish. While this was not always her focus, 2020 presented an opportunity to move away from the medical field and pursue a full time career as an artist, an artist who paints fish… and the occasional waterfowl. This episode gives listeners an insight into the process of painting and what inspired her to make this shift. With the help of her husband, an avid fly fisherman, and three young children who are almost old enough for more adventures, Emily hopes to paint all, or at least most, of the fish found in the waterways of Alabama.  To buy her amazing artwork, visit her website.  www.emilygjohnson.com.  Follow Emily on Instagram for content and videos of her work @emilyjohnsonart. Music Written and Recorded by Brad Hill
50:38
December 06, 2021
Ep. 31: Hidden Wonders: Short Story By Dr. Bryan Gill
Ep. 31: Hidden Wonders: Short Story By Dr. Bryan Gill
Grab a cup of hot chocolate and cozy up by the fire for this episode of The Storied Outdoors as co-host, Brad Hill reads “Hidden Wonders,” a short story written by co-host, Bryan Gill. “Hidden Wonders” follows the Heatherford’s, a family whose plans were thwarted by an unexpected blizzard that grounded all southbound flights out of New York—including theirs. With limited options, they decide to drop in on their eccentric Uncle Doc for the holidays. While this was not their original plan for Christmas, it might just be the one they needed to restore their children’s fading Christmas spirit. “Hidden Wonders” can be found in a new book of Christmas short stories written by co-host Bryan Gill called, “Fireside Tales for Christmas.” You can purchase the paperback or eBook on Amazon. Find “Fireside Tales for Christmas” on Amazon Jingle bells arranged by, played, and recorded by Brad Hill
52:50
November 29, 2021
 Ep. 30: There and Back Again, Chapter 80: Essay By Dr. Bryan Gill
Ep. 30: There and Back Again, Chapter 80: Essay By Dr. Bryan Gill
Henry David Thoreau once wrote, “The question is not what you look at, but what you see.” In this essay, Dr. Gill recalls the story of a photography trip he took with his first camera, a Pentax K1000. While this story didn't end the way he had hoped, it was redeemed 25 years later when he had a second chance at photographing a beautiful red fox. Now, when he looks at that fox, he sees much more than the photo, he sees the heartache and joy that that image evokes.  The title, "There and Back Again: Chapter 80," is taken from J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings. There and Back Again is the title of Bilbo Baggins' memoir that Frodo is tasked to finish. However, Chapter 80 of this red leather covered manuscript is unwritten and that is where one story ends and another begins.  Be sure to listen as Brad Hill artfully reads this essay written by Dr. Bryan Gill entitled, "There and Back Again: Chapter 80." Questions and comments email us at thestoriedoutdoors@gmail.com Music Written and recorded By Brad Hill
38:45
November 22, 2021
Ep. 29: Todd Henrikson: Pro Cycling Director Athletes In Action
Ep. 29: Todd Henrikson: Pro Cycling Director Athletes In Action
In this episode we meet Todd Henrikson the Pro cycling director for Athletes In Action. Todd raced competitively for twelve years in the sport that brought him to the World Championships, U.S. U-23 National Team, and two years at the professional level. Yet, during his career there wasn’t a sports chaplain or ministry pouring into pro cyclists. Todd and Tabitha desired to change the tide by launching AIA Pro Cycling in 2012 after seeing a desperate need for there to be emotional and spiritual support for athletes across the sport of cycling.  In this conversation we hear about Todd's journey into the world of cycling, and the tail of one of his most spectacular crashes. As we unpack this story we hear just how he has been shaped by his time in the saddle and how he is now moving to Spain to share life with pro cyclist racing on the European circuit.   Follow Todd’s work through his social media. Twitter and Instagram   Support the work they are doing with Athletes In Action in the Professional cycling ranks. Click Here We would very much love to hear from you, if you have questions or comments please send them to thestoriedoutdoors@gmail.com Music Written and recorded by Brad Hill
47:08
November 15, 2021
Ep. 28: Three Rivers: Essay by Brad Hill
Ep. 28: Three Rivers: Essay by Brad Hill
A story of three different experiences woven together by three rivers, this episode Brad shares about how his time on these rivers serve as a reminder to the goodness he has experienced. We all need to practice remembrance for when tough times set in, these experiences of goodness serve as monument to help us remember “It won’t always be this hard.” The story tells  a small portion of his experience attending Hutchmoot , a conference hosted by the good folks of the Rabbit Room, where he sat next to the Harpeth River in fellowship with new and old friends.  The story then journeys  to Montana where he officiated a wedding for a young couple from his church, and then how he was fortunate to fly fish on the Flathead river the next day. An incredible string of events all close together and next to rivers. Vist the Rabbit Room https://rabbitroom.com Big Fork anglers https://bigforkanglers.com Comments and questions, we would love to hear from you! thestoriedoutdoors@gmail.com Music Written and Recorded by Brad Hill
23:02
November 08, 2021
Ep. 27: Andrew Peterson: Author The God Of The Garden
Ep. 27: Andrew Peterson: Author The God Of The Garden
Andrew  is an award-winning singer-songwriter and author. The second book in his “Wingfeather Saga, North! Or Be Eaten” (2009) won the Christy Award for Young Adult Fiction, and the fourth, “The Warden and the Wolf King” (2014) won World Magazine’s Children’s Book of the Year in August 2015. In 2008, driven by a desire to cultivate a strong Christian arts community, Andrew founded a ministry called The Rabbit Room, which led to a yearly conference, countless concerts and symposiums, and Rabbit Room Press, which has published thirty books to date. He’s been married for 26 years to his wife Jamie, with whom they have three children. His eldest is a recent graduate as an animation student at Lipscomb University, his second son is a touring drummer and record producer, and his daughter recently released her first album. In his spare time Andrew keeps bees, builds dry stack stone walls, gardens, draws, and sleeps. In this episode we hear from Andrew about his newest book “The God of the Garden: Thoughts on Creation, Culture, and the Kingdom.” We unearth his love for and the value of Trees in his story.  We discuss the importance of place and how during the lockdown and Covid, Andrew was able to spend time writing this latest book, telling parts of his story tied to and fueled by his love for trees. Take some time to leave us a review and a rating on iTunes and help us to grow the podcast! We are so thankful for your support! Any comments or questions please send them to us  thestoriedoutdoors@gmail.com  AndrewPeterson.com The Rabbit Room The Rabbit Room Store Andrew on instagram The Bible project Tree of Life series Music Written and recorded by Brad Hill
45:00
November 01, 2021
Ep. 26: Brad Hill & Bryan Gill: Ironman Chattanooga 2021 report
Ep. 26: Brad Hill & Bryan Gill: Ironman Chattanooga 2021 report
In this episode, Bryan and Brad sit down to reflect on their experience together during Ironman Chattanooga. Like many events during 2020, Brad's second Ironman 140.6 to celebrate his 40th year was delayed to 2021. Due to some other circumstances, Brad's family could not attend, opening the door for Bryan to join him for the big day.  They sit down to tell the story of the weekend with Bryan giving a unique perspective from a spectator who has never observed the incredible atmosphere of Ironman Triathlon.  The late-night finish line is where dreams come true and goals accomplished.  They explore some of the struggles, feelings,  and doubts that come for you in such an enormous undertaking.  Music written and Recorded by Brad Hill We would love to hear from you, if you have questions or comments to share send them to thestoriedoutdoors@gmail.com
01:14:21
October 25, 2021
Ep. 25: Charles Martin: New York Times Best Seller Novelist
Ep. 25: Charles Martin: New York Times Best Seller Novelist
We wanted to start this season out with a bang and boy did we! In this episode, we sit down with New York Times Bestselling Author, Charles Martin and discuss writing, bow hunting, and how growing up in the outdoors has helped shape Charles' writing into some of the most vivid and compelling stories in bookstores today. Some of the books Charles has written include: The Mountain Between Us, The Water Keeper, The Letter Keeper, and When Crickets Cry, just to name a few. We dive into a conversation with Charles about the writing process, how it changes you, how difficult it is, and how we are meant for a garden--we are meant to be outside. We also talk about archery and the great organization of Mission Bows by Mathews. Learn more about Mission by Mathews on their website.  Here's a little more about Charles from his website- Christy and I married in 1993. If you include dating, I’ve known and loved her for more than half my life. She is and always will be the home for my heart. We have three boys. Charlie, John T. and Rives. Folks often ask me, which of my books do I like the best. You might as well line up my sons and ask me who I love the most. My hobbies are bow hunting, working out (a blend of old school stuff and martial arts, called Fight Fit) and Tae Kwon Do. In October 2012 I earned my black belt but I’m still the least flexible person you’ve ever met. The guy that trains me, laughs every time I start warming up. My boys are far better at Tae Kwon Do than I but I doubt they have as much fun.  You can find more of Charles' books at www.charlesmartinbooks.com/books.  Questions and comments send them to thestoriedoutdoors@gmail.com Music written and recorded by Brad Hill
38:43
October 18, 2021
Ep. 24: Season 3 Introduction: Copperheads, Coyotes, and Catfish
Ep. 24: Season 3 Introduction: Copperheads, Coyotes, and Catfish
Welcome to season three of The Storied Outdoors! This episode is a little bit of a hybrid, and not the type of hybrid bass Brad and Bryan caught on the fishing trip down the Tallapoosa River either. This episode is an introduction to season three, a recap of season two, and the retelling of a fishing trip that Brad and Bryan had over the summer with Craig Godwin at East Alabama Fly Fishing. We also talk about the Release of Bryan's first novel, The Devils in Alabama.  As for Craig Godwin and the boys at East Alabama Fly Fishing, you can't beat their hospitality and ability to put you on aggressive bass that will explode on a top water bugs. Heck, these bass even exploded on streamers! If you're looking for a fun trip on pristine waters in the state of Alabama, give these guys a call. They'll treat you right.  Not only is Craig a great fishing guide, he is one of the best photographers I've seen. His work is incredible. Check him out here at Craig Godwin Photography. Bryan's novel, The Devils in Alabama is a southern suspense novel set in Alabama. Main character, Drake Tatum is in desperate need of money to pay off a debt he owes, but his measly income as a newspaper intern in Birmingham, Alabama isn't enough. With resignation letter in hand and every intention to seek a job with better pay, his fiery female boss drags him on an assignment to investigate the sudden rise of sports betting halls in the state—a world he knows well from his gambling habit. Fueled by the guilt of a childhood accident and obligated to fund his father’s opioid addiction, Drake's thirst for money sinks him deeper into the sinister underbelly of Alabama. Will he be consumed by the tangled web of illegal gaming, drug trafficking, corrupt politicians, football, and religion? Or will he reconcile the guilt of his past and escape the grip of these devils? The Devils in Alabama is available on Amazon in paperback and on Kindle. To read more of the first pages of this novel, visit Bryan's website. Here are a few Instagram handles you'll want to start following. East Alabama Fly Fishing- @eastalabamaflyfishing Photographer and guide, Craig Godwin- @craig__godwin Craig's photography business account- @godwin.photography Music written and recorded by Brad Hill
50:33
October 18, 2021
Ep. 23: The Best Laid Schemes O’ Mice An’ Men
Ep. 23: The Best Laid Schemes O’ Mice An’ Men
  We are joined by Richie Fortenberry, Hamilton Borden to reflect together on a planned fishing trip to the Smokey Mountains in the Fall of 2020. It was more of a miss-adventure because so much went wrong.     For more content and pictures from this trip visit www.thestoriedoutdoors.com  If you have questions, comments, guest recommendations, or would just like to connect with us shoot us an email thestoriedoutdoors@gmail.com   Music written and recorded by Brad Hill
55:35
May 17, 2021
Ep. 22: Ben King: Professional Cyclist and Wildlife Photographer
Ep. 22: Ben King: Professional Cyclist and Wildlife Photographer
“It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.” — C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory, and Other Addresses The Virginia born pro cyclist and wildlife photographer Ben King joins us for a conversation to talk all things outdoors and their impact in his life. When Ben isn’t ascending the mountains on the European cycling tours he lives in Italy with his wife and newborn child. He is what Bryan and I call “our people.” Ben loves to hunt and fish, an admitted birder, and gifted photographer. In this episode we cover his experiences in cycling and how the outdoors has been a space for him to slow down from a profession that is always at full speed. Ben reflects on how birding has genuinely driven him to worship. He recognized that the joys of the outdoors are a gift and joy from God but also a foretaste of the feast that is to come. Follow Ben on Instagram @benking137 Follow Ben’s Photography Instagram account @bknaturephoto Follow Ben King on Twitter @BenKing89 Keep up with Ben King’s race reports, go to www.benkingusa.com For more content and information www.thestoriedoutdoors.com For all your questions and comments email us thestoriedoutdoors@gmail.com 
49:05
May 10, 2021
Ep. 21: David Hansen: Author of Art of Pastoring
Ep. 21: David Hansen: Author of Art of Pastoring
David Hansen: Author of Art of Pastoring Occasionally, people recommend books to me that make a deep impact on my life and I pass them along to younger men. David Hansen's book The Art of Pastoring is a book that has become a staple in my discussions these young ministers whom I get the privilege of mentoring. In our next episode, we talk to David about ministry burnout, wrestling with our faith, and God using nature to give us clarity. Our conversation with David is a warm discussion about the value of going for walks to work out struggles in life. The Storied Outdoors is honored to have David Hansen join us for this gentle conversation of wisdom and honesty.  Check out to The Art of Pastoring on Amazon For more content visit www.thestoriedoutdoors.com Bryan and Brad would love to hear from you, email us at thestoriedoutdoors@gmail.com   Music Written and recorded by Brad Hill
33:05
May 03, 2021
Ep. 20: A Beautiful Interruption: Essay By Dr. Bryan Gill
Ep. 20: A Beautiful Interruption: Essay By Dr. Bryan Gill
A Beautiful Interruption: Essay By Dr. Bryan Gill Read by Brad Hill.                   Sometimes life forces you to slow down. That’s not always a bad thing. In the fall of 2020, Bryan was forced to slow down. But, after a fishing trip, a bald eagle, and a plane ride, he learned a valuable lesson about taking care of himself. Self-care, soul-care, me time; call it what you want, it’s important. In this essay, Bryan reflects on these events and the beauty of the mundane that he encountered on a kayaking trip with his family.  Questions or comments please email us thestoriedoutdoors@gmail.com we would love to hear from you!   If you are interest in Three Mile an Hour God for some further reading click the link to purchase this book.  Further Reading on the subject of The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry by Jon Mark Comer is an excellent resource on this topic inspired by Dallas Willard’s comments on Hurry.  Music written and recorded by Brad Hill
22:59
April 26, 2021
Ep. 19: Dr. Hugh Cheek: Daddy and Pediatrician
Ep. 19: Dr. Hugh Cheek: Daddy and Pediatrician
Dr Hugh Cheek a daddy and Pediatrician in the Birmingham area joins us for episode 8. We discuss loss, grief, healing, fly fishing, and a host of other topics. We hope you are encountering his story and message of hope amidst hardships. Hugh also shares with us a special piece of writing where he reflects on his journey.  For more information about Dr Hugh and Morgan's Story visit www.seedsandleaven.com  For more Content from the storied outdoors visit www.thestoriedoutdoors.com Bryan and Brad would love to hear from you, email us thestoriedoutdoors@gmail.com Music written and recorded by Brad Hill
52:34
April 19, 2021
Ep. 18: Nervous Waters: Essay by Brad Hill
Ep. 18: Nervous Waters: Essay by Brad Hill
The first essay Brad penned for The Storied Outdoors Podcast Nervous Waters is a story of a more current trip on which both Bryan and Brad have now reflected. Lessons in fly-fishing and life made this treasure of a trip in the midst of al that was 2020–one of the most ridiculous years in recent history. For more content visit our website www.thestoriedoutdoors.com Please leave us a review and let us know if you enjoyed this story. Nervous Waters: Essay by C.B. Hill Read for You by Brad Hill Music written and recorded by Brad Hill
19:58
April 12, 2021
Ep. 17: Brett McCracken: Senior Editor For The Gospel Coalition
Ep. 17: Brett McCracken: Senior Editor For The Gospel Coalition
Brett McCracken, author of The Wisdom Pyramid, has an affinity towards nature. Living just a short drive from many of the most beautiful natural places in the U.S., Brett knows a thing or two about being outside and observing God’s creation. He states, “The heavens declare the glory of God. So get outside and listen!” In this conversation with Brett, we explore how God teaches us when we get outside and create these opportunities to listen. Join us for this enriching chat with Senior Editor of The Gospel Coalition, Brett McCracken. Also, be on the lookout for a full book review of The Wisdom Pyramid on our website soon. You can find Brett’s website here: https://www.brettmccracken.com Purchase The Wisdom Pyramid here: https://www.brettmccracken.com/the-wisdom-pyramid Brett McCracken is a senior editor for The Gospel Coalition and author of Hipster Christianity: When Church & Cool Collide (Baker, 2010), Gray Matters: Navigating the Space Between Legalism & Liberty (Baker, 2013), and Uncomfortable: The Awkward and Essential Challenge of Christian Community (Crossway, 2017). He has written for The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Huffington Post, CNN.com, The Princeton Theological Review, Mediascape, Books & Culture, Christianity Today, The Gospel Coalition, Relevant, IMAGE Journal, Converge, Mere Orthodoxy, ERLC, Canon & Culture and Q Ideas. He speaks and lectures frequently at universities, churches, and conferences. Music Recorded by Brad Hill
32:16
April 05, 2021
Ep. 16: Persistence on the Toccoa River: Essay by Dr. Bryan Gill
Ep. 16: Persistence on the Toccoa River: Essay by Dr. Bryan Gill
About a year ago, Brad and Bryan went on a fishing trip to Blue Ridge, Ga. On that trip, the idea of The Storied Outdoors podcast was born. Inspired by an audio book by John Gierach that they’d listened to on the trip, Bryan sat down and wrote his reflections about the trip in the form of an essay. Thus was born, “Persistence on the Toccoa,” the first essay written for The Storied Outdoors. Tune in Monday for this reflection of a great trip, a great fish, and a frightening ending. To book a guided fly fishing trip with Appalachian Anglers visit www.appalachiananglers.com please tell them we sent you! For More content and photos visit www.thestoriedoutdoors.com email us at thestoriedoutdoors@gmail.com Written by Dr. Bryan Gill Read by Brad Hill Music Written and recorded by Brad Hill
24:28
March 29, 2021
Ep. 15: Milla Chappell: Pet Photographer and Dog Adoption advocate
Ep. 15: Milla Chappell: Pet Photographer and Dog Adoption advocate
Milla Chappell: Pet Photographer and Dog Adoption advocate  Join us  as we share a conversation we had with Milla Chappell, pet photographer and dog adoption advocate. Milla shares how important it was and is for her family to find outdoor spaces whether they were in New York City or in South Alabama. And, of course, we talk a lot about dogs, too! You won’t want to miss this fun and uplifting conversation. My instagram: @realhappydogs My work instagram: @fosterdogs www.fosterdogsnyc.com Rescues in SouthEast Alabama I have worked with: @wiregrassanimalgroup, @save__a__pet
38:44
March 22, 2021
Ep. 14: A Runaway Horse And His Boy: Essay By Brad Hill
Ep. 14: A Runaway Horse And His Boy: Essay By Brad Hill
“No one can teach riding so well as a horse” ― C.S. Lewis, The Horse and His Boy In this episode of The Storied Outdoors entitled, “A Runaway Horse and His Boy,” we hear a story from Brad's childhood. A story recounting a particular event involving a colossal horse named Dan, a wild pursuit, and a vivid picture of a father's love. Join us Monday for a look back into life in Monroeville and an adventure on a runaway horse. Question, comments, encouragements, and other things pertaining to this podcast can be sent to thestoriedoutdoors@gmail.com Fro more content visit the website www.thestoriedoutdoors.com Read for you by Brad Hill Music written and recorded by Brad Hill
25:14
March 15, 2021
Ep. 13: Bart Valle: USCG MH-60 Flight Mechanic
Ep. 13: Bart Valle: USCG MH-60 Flight Mechanic
In this episode of TSO we are privileged to hear from Petty Officer Bart Valle and his experience flying in the middle of Hurricane Harvey. When Hurricane Harvey a Category 4 hurricane made landfall on Texas and Louisiana in August 2017, Bart Valle and the USCG were called into action. Harvey released more precipitation than any other tropical cyclone in U.S. History. Making landfall on three separate occasions, Harvey dumped as much as 52 inches of rain on Texas and Louisiana. Bart and his crew deployed ahead of Harvey’s landfall to make ready for the task at hand. They  took off flying into Hurricane Harvey at its peak, battling 45 knot winds, visibilities of less than 1/4 mile, low ceilings, and torrential rains. To make matters more difficult they were flying in an unfamiliar, challenging urban landscape, dodging power lines and tall tress.  Bart along with his crew were instrumental in the rescue of 102 souls. We hope you enjoy our conversation with Bart on this episode. Music Written and Recorded by Brad Hill For more information about joining the United States Coast Guard visit https://www.uscg.mil/Join/
38:52
March 08, 2021
Ep. 12: Uncharted Territory: Essay by Dr. Bryan Gill
Ep. 12: Uncharted Territory: Essay by Dr. Bryan Gill
Uncharted Territory:  Essay by Dr. Bryan Gill.  In this episode of The Storied Outdoors, Dr. Bryan Gill recalls the painful loss of his father and how God used true friends, hiking in Glacier National Park, and fly fishing in Montana to navigate this new Uncharted Territory of life without his dad. Also, there’s a bear story. Read for you by Brad Hill  Music is written and recorded by Brad Hill For more content visit www.thestoriedoutdoors.com Questions or comments please email us, we would Love to hear from you! thestoriedoutdoors@gmail.com
26:38
March 01, 2021
Ep. 11: Season 2 Introduction
Ep. 11: Season 2 Introduction
Season 2 introduction: Bryan and Brad reflect on Season One and take some time to look ahead to Season Two giving hints to some guest and stories they are excited to tell. For more content and information about the podcast go to www.thestoriedoutdoors.com Email us at thestoriedoutdoors@gmail.com Music written and recorded by Brad Hill
28:41
February 22, 2021
Ep. 10: Hidden Wonders: A Short Story by Dr. Bryan Gill
Ep. 10: Hidden Wonders: A Short Story by Dr. Bryan Gill
Grab a cup of hot chocolate and cozy up by the fire for this episode of The Storied Outdoors as co-host, Brad Hill reads “Hidden Wonders,” a short story written by co-host, Bryan Gill. “Hidden Wonders” follows the Heatherford’s, a family whose plans were thwarted by an unexpected blizzard that grounded all southbound flights out of New York—including theirs. With limited options, they decide to drop in on their eccentric Uncle Doc for the holidays. While this was not their original plan for Christmas, it might just be the one they needed to restore their children’s fading Christmas spirit. “Hidden Wonders” can be found in a new book of Christmas short stories written by co-host Bryan Gill called, “Fireside Tales for Christmas.” You can purchase the paperback or eBook on Amazon. Find “Fireside Tales for Christmas” on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08QRZ7M5Z/ref=cm_sw_r_sms_api_glc_fabc_g152FbR90010W
44:02
December 21, 2020
Ep. 9: Rick Burgess: Host of Rick and Bubba Radio Show
Ep. 9: Rick Burgess: Host of Rick and Bubba Radio Show
Rick Burgess: Host of Rick and Bubba Radio Show and an avid outdoorsman  In the season finale episode of TSO, Rick Burgess, co-host of the nationally syndicated “Rick and Bubba” radio show and founder of “The Man Church,” describes the incredible healing journey he and his family have been on since the loss of their toddler, Bronner years ago. Rick tells about how God paved the way for his family to purchase a farm and how unknowingly, God would use that farm to become a place where they could find clarity and peace in the midst of excruciating loss.  For more about Man Church visit  www.themanchurch.com For more from Rick visit  www.rickandbubba.com For more visit www.thestoriedoutdoors.com Music written and recorded by Brad Hill
48:00
November 23, 2020
Ep. 8: Proper Motivation: Essay by C.B. Hill
Ep. 8: Proper Motivation: Essay by C.B. Hill
Essay- Proper Motivation  In this episode of TSO, we hear Brad's story about competing in a 70.3 Ironman Triathlon. Usually, that alone would be an action-packed story, but it doesn't end there. On the same day of the race, Brad boards a plane to New Delhi, India, to take part in mission work through his church hours after crossing the finish line. Reflecting on this series of unusual events, Brad explores a question about what motivates people to do what they do. Written by C.B. Hill Read for you by Brad Hill Music written and recorded by Brad Hill For More Visit www.thestoriedoutdoors.com
22:52
November 16, 2020
Ep. 7: Ronnie Gatrey: Co-host of "Tha Tipping Point Podcast"
Ep. 7: Ronnie Gatrey: Co-host of "Tha Tipping Point Podcast"
Ronnie Gatrey: Co-host of "Tha Tipping Point Podcast" In this week’s episode of TSO, we are joined by our buddy, Ronnie Gatrey. Ronnie is an avid golfer, an intentional father and husband and an overall joy to be around. He’s also the Co-host of the podcast, “Tha Tipping Point” where he and co-host, Caesar Walker get into spirited debates over weekly hot topics. In this interview, Ronnie recalls a bet he lost on a football game where the stakes were that he had to go deer hunting with a friend if he lost—something he’d never done before. Ronnie is not a hunter, and the events that unfolded ensured that he’d probably never go again. Nevertheless, Ronnie reflects on that event, how it helped shape him and ways that he has found clarity by being outside. You can find Ronnie online at: Instagram: @ronniegatrey Podcast Instagram: @thatippingpoint Music Written and Recorded by Brad Hill For more visit www.thestoriedoutdoors.com
31:43
November 09, 2020
Ep. 6: Fishing With Dad: Essay by Dr. Bryan Gill
Ep. 6: Fishing With Dad: Essay by Dr. Bryan Gill
In this essay, “Fishing with Dad,” Dr. Bryan Gill explores how traditions shape our interests and how important it is to stick to the old roads, as @andrewpetersonmusic sings about. But at the same time, leaving room for new adventures and new traditions is important too. Dr. Gill recalls memories of his childhood growing up in Eufaula, Ala. where largemouth bass fishing was king and his more recent infatuation with fly fishing for trout. Written By Dr. Bryan Gill  Read for you by Brad Hill Music written and Recorded by Brad Hill For More Visit www.thestoriedoutdoors.com
21:03
November 02, 2020
Ep. 5: James D. Witmer: Author and Gardener
Ep. 5: James D. Witmer: Author and Gardener
In this episode of TSO, we are joined by our new friend, James D. Witmer. James is an old soul, a writer, a bird watcher, and a gardener as well as a husband and father. He’s the managing editor for Story Warren, an online network founded by S.D. Smith that serves to help “foster holy imagination in the children you love.” They provide resources and media reviews for children in an effort to be allies in imagination. In this interview, James talks about his children’s book, A Year in the Big Old Garden. He explains how his own toddlers helped inspire these stories and how experiences in his own backyard garden became the setting for many of the adventures he writes about. He also talks about the importance of creating green spaces of peace wherever you are to help you connect with God and gain a sense of clarity in the outdoors. At the time of recording this episode, James’ newest book, The Strange New Dog: An Allen Family Mystery, had not yet been published. However, we want to point you to it and encourage you to purchase a copy when it releases in November 2020. The Strange New Dog is a chapter book for kids age 7-10 that features a lively family, their collection of pets, and—believe it or not—a strange new dog! You can find James online the following ways: Website: www.jamesdwitmer.com Instagram: @jamesdwitmer Instagram: @bigoldgardenstories Purchase A Year in the Big Old Garden here. Purchase The Strange New Dog when it is released in November of 2020!
28:42
October 26, 2020
Ep. 4: Just Over The Rise: Essay by C.B. Hill
Ep. 4: Just Over The Rise: Essay by C.B. Hill
In this episode of TSO, we hear a tale of an ordinary adventure on the roads of Toccoa, Georgia. A potentially dangerous encounter with a wild animal on a bike ride followed by a comical story of investigation into a historical marker. Written by- C.B. Hill Read for you by Brad Hill Music Written and Recorded by Brad Hill For more visit www.thestoriedoutdoors.com
20:54
October 19, 2020
Ep. 3: Courtney Munson: Multiple 100-Mile Ultra-marathoner
Ep. 3: Courtney Munson: Multiple 100-Mile Ultra-marathoner
Courtney is an ultra-runner and two-time 100-mile finisher. She lives in Memphis, Tenn., but can usually be found anywhere between the Colorado Rockies and the foothills of the Appalachians burning up the trails with her sweet puppy, Lucy. Give her a follow on Twitter and Instagram @cmmunson. In this episode of TSO, we interview ultra-marathoner, Courtney Munson about her experience running two 100-milers and the three letters every competitor fears-DNF. Courtney helps explain the sense of accomplishment that comes from never quitting and offers insights into the mental aspect of these grueling races. One fun fact about Courtney is that in 2013, she helped Bryan’s wife, Sarah run her fastest marathon to date in Louisville, Kentucky. With Courtney’s help as a pacer, Sarah crushed her previous PR by an hour, finishing at 4:01:04. And when I tell you she laid it all on the course that day, she laid it all on the course that day…literally. Bryan took a photo of the two of them crossing the finish line and Sarah had her hand over her mouth with a cheek full of that morning’s breakfast. Courtney’s face was priceless. I imagine her thinking, “Oh no. She’s going to vomit. She’s going to vomit. Please don’t vomit on me. Please don’t vomit on me.” Sarah did vomit, but not on Courtney…thankfully. Introduction Music written and recorded by Brad Hill For More visit www.thestoriedoutdoors.com
34:12
October 12, 2020
Ep. 2: Shared Experiences: Essay by Dr. Bryan Gill
Ep. 2: Shared Experiences: Essay by Dr. Bryan Gill
Join us in this episode of TSO entitled, “Shared Experiences,” as Bryan recalls a memorable fishing trip to Venice, Louisiana where things didn’t go exactly as planned, but one where he learned a valuable lesson about life.  Written By Dr. Bryan Gill  Read for you by Brad Hill Music written and recorded by Brad Hill For more visit www.thestoriedoutdoors.com
22:55
October 05, 2020
Ep. 1: The Storied Outdoors Intro Podcast
Ep. 1: The Storied Outdoors Intro Podcast
We are so excited for the October release of The Storied Outdoors’ inaugural season. In this episode, we lay the groundwork of who we are and what this adventure will be about moving forward . Find out more at www.thestoriedoutdoors.com
19:48
July 22, 2020