In 1994 Gary Lewis was going around in circles, he was living in Oregon City and working in Vancouver and his life had become something unlike anything he had previously envisioned. It was full of work expectations and meaningless deadlines. Gary wanted out. He told Merrilee, his wife: “We’re moving. To Montana or to Bend. You get to choose.” She said, “I guess we’re moving to Bend.” Gary gave 30 days’ notice at work, they sold their house, drove over the mountain and have never looked back. This move proved pivotal to their happiness and to the career Gary would eventually develop and become famous for.
Gary Lewis is no stranger to hard work. In the last 23 years he has developed a tremendous and storied career as the host of the popular TV show Frontier Unlimited, he's a book author (16 and counting). He writes about hunting and fishing for newspapers and magazines and still somehow manages to get out there and actually hunt and fish over 80 days a year.
“I love business- especially my business, every day is like being on a vacation, a working vacation.” Gary’s work promotes strong family values and he never tires of hearing stories from his fans about how his show or his writing inspired a father and daughter or grandfather and grandson to get out and enjoy all Central Oregon has to offer. Gary is proud to be a part of the entrepreneurial spirit of the people of Bend and knows how lucky he is in that he can count his riches in the number of people he calls friends.
When asked about his favorite place in Central Oregon, Gary was somewhat hesitant to answer. “I like wherever I’m going next,” but there are few spots that he’s particularly fond of, including the Deschutes River. For Gary, “the Deschutes represents a thin blue line that separates the mountains from the plains and the forest from the desert and that’s a pretty special place that we all get to enjoy.” Gary continues, “If you moved here to change your life for the better (like I did) then don’t waste any more time. Go out and do the things you‘ve always wanted to do. Go fishing with a guide, take a casting lesson and teach your kids fishing, hit that mountain bike trail, climb the mountains and breathe deep of that sweet fresh air. If you do, I promise you won’t be disappointed.”
If you would like to learn more about Gary visit his website. www.garylewisoutdoors.com
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