_Peterson, a retired U.S. Air Force Colonel, grew up in Minnesota where he learned to appreciate the outdoors with his father, Robert Peterson, Sr., through countless hours hunting and fishing. "We spent a lot of time in the outdoors with each other," Col. Peterson said. "The success of the hunt was not always a big deal to us. It was the experience of spending time together that we valued most." Those outdoor experiences are what shaped his dream for honoring his father's memory. In 2010, during one of the last conversations Rob had with his father, he told his dad of his plan to dedicate a piece of land in his memory so his outdoor legacy could live on forever. Shortly after this conversation, Rob's father lost his battle with cancer.