July 14, 2020

Episode 16: Riffin’ with Griff, Super Nature Nerd

In this episode, redwoods, snake fear, break dancing, and how to be a better steward of the outdoors. We talk with John “Griff” Griffith, wildlife conservationist, host of Animal Planets ‘Wild Jobs’ and all-around super nature nerd.

Show Notes

  • 00:35 – Jason launches his photo website and visits the redwoods, backpacks in the Trinity Alps, and has his scariest wildlife encounter.
  • 09:32 – Saveria and the Adventurus Women workshops, and what it’s like to get outdoors and travel during a pandemic.
  • 11:39 – Jeff goes camping and gets his dogs “trail-ready.”
  • 18:55 – Introducing Griff, the natural and cultural resource interpreter at Humboldt Redwoods State Park.
  • 21:25 – The importance of protected natural areas for recreation, biodiversity and more.
  • 24:09 – Laura Mahan, her role in saving the redwoods, and why she would be Griff’s first tattoo.
  • 30:00 – Why adventurers experience the present moment better than most (mediation + locomotion), which positions them to better understand our connections with nature.
  • 35:30 – Avoiding the “terminal experience” in nature.
  • 40:30 – The story behind the Boss Dances Like a Boss video.
  • 47:35 – Wild Jobs on Animal Planet (you can watch it online).
  • 49:36 – How hard it is to get bitten by a rattlesnake, and Griff’s theory about snake fear.
  • 52:09 – What can someone do to get into a dream job like Griff?

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The Almost There Adventure Podcast is a celebration of outdoor activities both local and epic. Discussing the big topics and talking to adventurers, artists, legends and activists within the outdoor community.

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