The great outdoors, a magnificent and extraordinary experience which may be shared with friends and loved ones. As a whole, we’re so caught up with our own lives which we do not make the time required to enjoy the littlest of things in life, relax and unwind. In today’s society, we’re all about work-work-work… Our programs are so full and crammed with meetings and work-related issues that we forget about some of the truly wonderful things life has to offer, like character.
Nature is such a lovely and complex marvel yet the majority of us spend little time researching it — even in our own backyards. If you were to ask any handful of people in Orange County, California if they have been to any of the surrounding national parks like Yosemite, or Yellowstone you’d be surprised (or not) by the amount of those who have been to places like this. In the last few years, I have grown very fond of being out in the wilderness. It is such a refreshing and revitalizing hobby and on top of that, it’s basically free.
Camping is such a terrific hobby to pick-up and although acquiring equipment may be an initial investment, depending on the sort of camping you want, you may hardly need to spend any money in any way. Some campers love backpacking, and although I can gladly say I have done this once – it was also an entirely terrifying experience for me. Other folks prefer to go”glamping” that is more of a”glamourous” experience; blow-up mattresses, A/C, showers, fancy portable sofas and some take it a step farther with RV camping.
There are so many sights to see and places to visit that one could never explore it all in a lifetime. Still, creating a bucket-list of all the places you want to travel to is such a thrill and brings so much excitement when you can actually check an item off the list. Like previously mentioned, camping can be shared with both friends and family members. No matter what age you’re there is always enough of mother nature to share and make new memories.
Do you ever wonder what the Milky Way looks like when it is fully visible? The city lifestyle doesn’t give us much of an opportunity to really lay back and respect the world. Take the night skies for example — the light pollution is so terrible that from most urban areas the only things visible in the sky are helicopters, jets and clouds/smog. Imagine leaning back in your comfortable camping chair, the only light visible comes from a dimly lit campfire and a streak of light immediately shoots across your field of view. You look up and the sky becomes its own magnificent show, full of countless stars, and you see another streak of light shoot across the sky.
In southern California there are a lot of places you can visit with breath-taking views. The thing I like most about Southern California is how close everything is. In what other places could you drive for only 1-2 hours and be not only on the beach, but also in the mountains, at a lake or even camping in the wilderness? Mother nature won’t always be around, and it’s sad to think that we take the beauty of our world for granted. The next time you are feeling adventurous, why not get out and explore, you will be truly amazed by just how much beauty there is on this planet.