The wild and open Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The Boundary Waters Canoe Area of northern Minnesota. These were two of Steve's very favorite places in the whole world. He loved to tent camp and hike and fish. And these places offered peace, solitude, nature - and a chance to get in touch with his inner self.
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Two months before he died, Steve visited the Upper Peninsula for one last time - with his mom and dad, and friend Josh H. It was a trip to remember.
Many of the areas that Steve and his family camped and vacationed at over his life became his favorite places. These include:
LEFT: Steve lays back and enjoys a kayak trip down a river in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, 2000
RIGHT: Steve and his mom take a winter hike in the state forest land near their house, 1998