Dylan Tomine saw two teenagers texting -- each other -- on a couch. And that was the moment he decided to establish a different life for his children: more unplugged, more in tune with the rhythms of tide, weather and season. Less screen time, more oyster-shucking and gardening time. In his memoir Closer to the Ground: An Outdoor Family's Year on the Water, In the Woods, and at the Table, he tells the story of a family learning to live a life more wild. Filled with weather, natural history and delicious meals, Tomine encourages us to think about our relationship with nature, but in an accessible way. "It's about regular people trying to live a little closer to nature—especially through the process of food—with their kids." says Tomine.
DYLAN TOMINE is a writer, conservation advocate and speaker for wild fish and water. He serves as a Fly Fishing Ambassador for Patagonia and a trustee with The Wild Steelhead Coalition. A noted outdoor writer, his work has appeared in The Flyfish Journal, The Drake, The New York Times, and other publications. He lives with his wife and kids, now five and eight years old, on Bainbridge Island, where they run Bainbridge Island Blueberry Co., a U-Pick blueberry farm.