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AJ Marz

AJ Marz

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State: Wisconsin

Age: 28

Bio: AJ grew up in Illinois and always strove to be in the outdoors. When he was little, his parents took him fishing and taught him the native culture. Being one with the land is a great way to live life, and AJ has taken this knowledge to heart. After moving to Wisconsin AJ recalls sitting by many a campfire making his favorite meal, the "pudgy pie". The pudgy pie consisted of 2 pieces of bread, some pizza sauce and mozzarella. Of course you can make a pudgy pie out of pretty much anything, but this adaptation was a staple of AJ's outdoor diet. Today you can find AJ spending the majority of his outdoor time exploring Wisconsin's State Parks. Adventure is not his middle name, but if he could change his middle name, it would be changed to "Adventure".

I Am A State Park Ambassador Because: I think having an active outdoor lifestyle is crucial to having a healthy, stress-free life. I want to show people that we belong in nature and that we shouldn't take these special places for granted.

Schools Attended: Wisconsin Dells High School, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

First State Park: Rock Cut State Park, Illinois

Favorite State Park: Custer State Park, South Dakota

Park I Am Dying To Visit: Bear Head Lake State Park, Minnesota

I've Visited State Parks In: IL, WI, SD, TN, VA

Coolest Thing I've Seen In Parks: Buffalo herd descending into a valley

Interests: Hiking, camping, fishing, bird watching, wildlife viewing, photography, pudgy pie making

Music Played At My Campfire: The music of nature

What Not To Miss In My State's Parks: The views from atop the East Bluff Trail at Devil's Lake State Park are worth the climb

Who I Would Go On A Hike With If I Could: Scarlett Johansson, she can choose the park...

This Sums It All Up For Me: "Climb up on some hill at sunrise.  Everybody needs perspective once in a while, and you'll find it there."  ~Robb Sagendorph