The Outdoor Life of Mia Sheppard
Mia Sheppard is a fly fishing guide, spey casting champion, chukar hunter, and conservationist from northwest Oregon. She also happens to be a seriously awesome and passionate person, who has a true appreciation for good food! Mia has created an adventurous life for herself and definitely lives life on her own terms; spending most of her time outside with clients and friends, her daughter Tegan, and her husband Marty. Mia and Marty run Little Creek Outfitters in Maupin, Oregon, and they are some of the best fly fishing guides in the country. We recently caught up with her and asked a handful of questions regarding good food and living a life of adventure:
What is the role of good food in your life?
When I wake, I start thinking about dinner. The planning and prep is part of the fun of making healthy meals. It’s important for my health and quality of life to eat healthy and to pass that on to my daughter, Tegan . Tegan was eating avocado, beets and Brussel sprouts by the age of three and loving them.
Good, real food is so important in our family life that my husband and I started hunting mule deer so we would have pure, organic meat. It’s so important to see where your food comes from, to know what the animals eat and to have the privilege to explore the ground and earth they walk on . Eating good food makes me happy and plays a vital role in my daily life .
How do your outdoor adventures keep you inspired?
As a child I grew up spending a lot of time outdoors. We would go camping, hiking, fishing and play with bugs. All my experiences taught me to respect the resources, wildlife, and fueled my desire for spending more time exploring the great outdoors. In the west we are so fortunate to have millions of acres of public lands, rivers and parks to explore. I’m inspired by dreaming about the places I have not seen, planning trips with family and friends and anticipating the solitude and beauty that is out there. Each place I visit fuels my adventurous soul and molds my love for wild places and wildlife fish. I want my daughter to have the same experiences.
What is your favorite meal to eat in the outdoors?
As an outfitter we make a lot of great food. My favorite meal on a hot summer day is grilled rare flank steak with mixed greens topped with avocado, grilled asparagus, dried blueberries and sunflower seeds with a light vinaigrette. My favorite snack is apples and Boggs nut butter.
Please tell me a brief history of your background, and what has brought you to where you are today in your life?
My story starts in Tennessee, where I was born, my roots are grounded in the south and this is where my love for fried chicken and hush puppies was fostered and where my love for the outdoors was nurtured . I grew up with 3 sisters. My parents were ex- hippies; my father worked odd jobs and spent evenings painting and acting, while my mother was a full time mom and taught us about gardening, cooking and how to be adventurous and love the outdoors.
I credit my mother for molding me into the person I am today. We were not rich, but she made a point to get us outdoors every weekend. Our trips ranged from camping in the backyard or traveling to the mountains. We also spent a number of Summers with my grandma and uncle in Florida; swimming in oceans and fishing off the jetties . We played outside all the time. From an early age I was exposed to eating good food. My mother kept a garden that my sisters and I would help with. To this day I manage a small garden, but eating wholesome good food goes beyond that. Good, real food is so important in our family life that my husband and I started hunting so we would know where our food comes from and as anglers we keep a hatchery salmon or steelhead on occasion. It’s so important to see where your food comes from, to know what the animals eat and to have the privilege to explore the ground and earth they walk on .
Anything else interesting that you would like for me to share?
Dinner is the most important meal and it’s a time for the family to come together and talk about the day and give thanks to good food and family.
Thanks so much Mia! Check them out at Little Creek Outfitters!