“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.”
– Henry David Thoreau
In my opinion, and evidently Henry Thoreau’s, the outdoors has been, is, and always will be an important part of life. It may have been the way I was raised, but spending time outside is just what I always do. Whether I am going on a run or a hike, swimming at the lake, riding horses, backpacking, skiing, or just doing hoodrat stuff, I always find that I am happier, or more content I guess, when I’m not inside.
And I guess that has a lot to do with where I grew up. My family lives in the Crabtree area of Waynesville, in the house my dad grew up in. We inherited a “farm”, and I put quotations because that’s the easiest thing to call it. No, we do not have goats, pigs, sheep, alpacas, etc. But we do have two tennessee walking horses, and my neighbors (who also happen to be my family) own cattle and chicken, along with a pond we swim in.
So growing up, my siblings and I would spend every day warm enough playing outside. And often the not warm ones.
And yes, of course, I know not everyone is like that. Besides, there’s scary nature stuff outside- lions, tigers, bears, and bugs. I get it. And I know people live in urban areas and don’t know any places to go or do not necessarily even want to be outside at all ever. And I understand. Anyways, the indoors is where we live, and there’s often better stuff to do in your living room than outside.
If that’s how you feel, then that’s totally fine. This is just my opinion. But this blog is going to show you that there’s a world past the front door that’s worth exploring.
And hey, this is just sort of my introductory post. And with this being an outdoors blog, I will most likely share some of my past adventures soon, or maybe suggest some ways to have a more outdoors- oriented lifestyle. I’ll probably post things like cool outdoor stuff to do around Asheville, or, ways to get outside on the weekend, or maybe even past adventures of mine.
So, that just about wraps up my introduction post. thanks for reading guys. And be sure to check back soon for my next post. But in the meantime, I’ll leave you with a Ferris Bueller quote:
Okay I know he was talking about skipping school. (Which is bad kids, never do it) but Ferris is a wise guy. We could learn a thing or two from him. Life does indeed move pretty fast. Our days are limited, and it’s important to make the most of every one. So to me, that means go outside, take a walk, get lost, or have an adventure.