Hank Ellis has been blessed with a beautiful and loving wife, two incredible sons, their remarkable wives, and some amazing grandchildren. Beginning in early childhood and continuing into retirement, nature has always been an important part of his life. From childhood fort building and camping to exploring in the forest and swimming in the small pond behind his rural home, he experienced nature first hand with family and friends. He spent two summers mountain and rock climbing, throughout the United States with two special cousins. He earned a bachelor of science degree and a master of science degree in natural resources and animal science from the University of Rhode Island and was supervisor of the Freshwater Wetland Protection Program for the State of Rhode Island for 25 years. As husband, father, and friend he loved camping with his wife, sons, and some special companions. His most recent exploration was scuba diving with his sons in Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island Sound, and Block Island Sound. This is his first book.