As a young kid I wasn’t really interested in the outdoors.
My attention was held by computers and video games. Like most kids these days.
If you mentioned the outdoors to me at the time I would have assumed you were referring to chores to do outside. My mind would have instantly gone to things like mowing the lawn, weeding the hillside, raking up leaves or picking up after the dogs.
What Brought Me Closer To Nature
It wasn’t until around High School that I truly discovered the outdoors and about a year later I went on my first backpacking trip. I borrowed my father’s old hunting rig and loaded it up for a trek into the mountains. Ever since then I’ve been hooked.
There’s a sense of freedom, adventure, unkown and remarkable sights of our world to be seen in the wilderness.
When trying to explain my love for the outdoors I am reminded of one of J.R.R. Tolkien’s great quotes,
“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.”
And that’s the reason. It’s for the adventure. Following your feet and seeing where you end up in nature.
I look at every hike and camping trip as my own epic adventure, letting the trail take me away. Sure there are no magic rings, Elves hiding in the trees or goblins to steer clear from but each adventure is just as epic in my mind.