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
Snowshoeing is an activity that can open your eyes to breathtaking new dimensions and faces of nature. Not only is it a fun and achievable goal to help you get outside during the winter, but it is an experience unlike any other that is sure to make an impression.
Though it can be overwhelming to think about planning a beginner trip in the winter weather, anyone can take a snowshoeing trip with the right preparation and mindset. For me, a cold-natured summer hiker, snowshoeing offers confidence in my own abilities and an outlet to enjoy the winter that I have grown to anticipate and love.
My favorite family Christmas tradition has always been driving up into the mountains and cutting our own Christmas tree. We grew to perfect the process, carefully judging potential trees for our own living room and for the growing number of family members who began to ask for real trees, too. Grandma likes her tree not too full, but Nana likes it when the branches droop, like trees on vintage postcards. Each year, we would cut a little bit off of the trunk and add it to our quirky collection.
Though you probably do not know her name, Whitney Thomas is a true outdoorswoman.
When I set out to interview her about women in the outdoors, I had no idea how strikingly real and powerful her insights would be. Instead of lingering on the lack of quality, technical women’s gear (and how so much of it is pink) or on the gender gap in guiding, Whitney took time to talk over why she loves the outdoors, and what all it has offered her.
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