Spending time in the great outdoors hiking or camping is one of the best ways we know to destress and recharge after a hectic work week. Whether it is Monday morning or Friday afternoon, we are always looking forward to spending the weekend outside. Here is another roundup of some of our current favorite quotes about the great outdoors to inspire your adventures this week.
After a long week of work it can be tempting to spend the weekend sleeping in and lounging around all day in your pajamas, but if you give into that temptation you are missing out on a chance to see the beauty of the great outdoors. Whenever we read this quote we are reminded that we have never regretted getting outside for a day of hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, or climbing.
"Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Buffalo Bill spent his life on the trail. At the age of 14 he was a rider for the Pony Express, he hunted buffalo, was a scout for the Army, and started his own wild west show based on his adventures. He may not have called it hiking, but you can bet if he lived today he would be a thru-hiker or exploring trails across the country.
"I could never resist the call of the trail." - Buffalo Bill
We love adventure for adventure's sake, but let's be honest we also love recounting our adventures to friends and family. We don't share adventures just to make ourselves sound cool, we share because we want to spread the love of hiking and the outdoors. We want them to get out on the trail and see why we do it and fall in love with hiking just like we have.
"For an occurrence to become an adventure it is necessary and sufficient for one to recount it." - Jean-Paul Sartre
The modern era has seen historically unprecedented harms to wildernesses around the world. Yet, we have also seen defenders of wilderness like John Muir, Theodore Rosevelt, and Edward Abbey, whose work has preserved much of the wilderness we enjoy today. We are lucky to have the national parks, and we should each become defenders of the wilderness we have preserved, the wilderness that needs to be restored, and wilderness that needs to be protected.
"The idea of wilderness needs no defense, it only needs defenders." - Edward Abbey
Exploring, traveling, and experiencing new places changes not only who you are but how you see the world. Whether it's thru-hiking the Pacific Crest Trial, a short day hike, or traveling abroad, when you return home you will have a better perspective from which to view the place you call home.
"We shall not cease from exploration, and then end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time." - T.S Eliot
Some trails are familiar, like a pair of cushioned slippers formed to your feet. Each turn is comforting and warm, as known as the pages of your favorite book. Some trails are rocky and wild, proving to you with every mile both the thrill of nature and your own limitations. For different experience levels, locations, time constraints and moods, there are likely to be a variety of trails near you that meet your needs. With some helpful resources and considerations, finding the perfect hiking trail is easy.
From hiking dog jealousy to estimating the calorie-to-weight ratio of entire grocery stores, outdoor adventurers have unique experiences all around.
Here are just a few to make you laugh, paired with watercolor interpretations of outdoorsy absurdity.
My first pair of sturdy, quality hiking boots changed my outdoor experience. Before them, I tumbled around awkwardly in slippery, ill-fitting, non-breathable (and somehow also non-waterproof) boots, coming away from hikes happy but covered in scrapes, bruises, and favoring tender limbs. My arches would ache, and eventually, the dull pain would spread to my leg joints. Then I bought “my blue boots.” The most significant outdoor purchase I had ever made, I was unconvinced that they would be worth it. Now, without a doubt in my mind, I can say they were absolutely worth the price.
|Small||4 - 6.5||2 - 4.5||35 - 37||20.5 - 23|
7 - 9.5
|5 - 7.5||38 - 40||23.5 - 25.5|
|8 - 10.5||41 - 45||26 - 28.5|
13.5 - 15
|11 - 13.5||46 - 49||29 - 31|
|Small||N/A||N/A||N/A||20.5 - 23|
6 - 8.5
|5.5 - 8||39 - 41||23.5 - 25.5|
|8.5 - 11||42 - 44||26 - 28.5|
12 - 14.5
|11.5 - 14||45 - 47||29 - 31|
|WOMEN'S||FITS SIZES||US Sizes (Inches)|
|Small||2 - 4||Length: 26"||Width: 15 ¾"|
|Medium||6 - 8||Length: 26 ½"||Width: 16 ½"|
|Large||8 - 10||Length: 27 ⅛ "||Width: 17 ½"|
|X-Large||10 - 14||Length: 27 ¾"||Width: 18 ½"|
|2X-Large||14 - 18||Length: 28 ⅜"||Width: 19 ½|
|MEN'S / UNISEX||CHEST TO FIT||US Sizes (Inches)|
|Small||34 - 37||Length: 28"||Width: 18"|
38 - 41
|Length: 29"||Width: 20"|
42 - 45
|Length: 30"||Width: 22"|
46 - 49
|Length: 31"||Width: 24"|
|2X-Large||50 - 53||Length: 32"||Width: 26"|