John Muir once said “In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” This simple statement is something that I find to be very true. I have found that just getting out for a short walk, trail run, or hike in the mountains and forest near me can clear mind while centering my soul and heart better than just about anything else I know.
Recently my friend Katie from Adventure-Inspired wrote about something very similar saying that she finds even a short walk in the woods “restorative.” She also posited the question of why we don’t get out and do things like it more often.
We all lead busy lives and technology can definitely suck up the little extra time we have (ironic that I say that while typing on a computer); however, I think it is truly important to make time to do things that give us peace and help us reach our own personal center. For me, that is time spent in nature.
This morning was a prime example; I knew I had tons of stuff that had piled up on my to-do list around the house, but I had a yearning to be with nature (not to mention the two pleading furry faces begging me to do something with them!). So what did I do? We jumped in the car and went out to a trail I had run and hiked over a dozen times. I knew every twist and turn by heart but the dusting of snow on far off mountains and the crisp contrast of the green grass against reds of the boulders and hillsides reminded me that even those things we are familiar with can be seen in a new light.
Sometimes people say even if they could find or make the time for a hike, they just don’t have the right gear….STOP RIGHT THERE! I am here to be your fairy godmother if that is the case I want to see everyone have the chance to get out and be in nature, so if you need a little help, here is your chance to win one of two Teton Sports Summit 1500 daypacks.
Yes, that is right! I am giving away TWO of these very sweet packs (which you likely know is my go-to daypack because it rocks), so jump on it and enter by answering the question below. You can get another entry by following Teton Sports on Twitter (@TETONsports) or liking them on Facebook (Teton Sports) and leaving another comment below telling me you have done so. Winners will be notified on Sunday, October 6th!
What adventures would you take the Summit 1500 on this fall and winter?
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