What drives us to do what we do or go where we go? For each individual the activities vary, and so must our motivations. For those of us that seek to enter into the wilderness there are many motivations as well. For myself, my desire to find new challenges within the beauty and serenity of the wilderness can be summed up in two favorite quotes of mine.
It is not in the still calm of life, or the repose of a pacific station, that great characters are formed. The habits of a vigorous mind are formed in contending with difficulties.
This excerpt, taken from a mother’s letter to her son (future president John Quincy Adams), attempts to convey the importance of challenging one’s self. It is through these challenges that we can grow far more than if we sit idly by.
Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.
For many outdoor enthusiasts Muir will undoubtedly be a well known name as he has many famous quotes about the wilderness and the beauty that lies within it. This is a personal favorite of mine as it parallels my own feelings of what escaping to nature has to offer. Through this practice we can remove ourselves from the stresses and requirements of our daily life and connect with this beautiful and peaceful surrounding. There is truly something healing about seeing nothing but trees, lakes and mountains as far as the eye can see.
Now you know a bit about me and what lures me into the woods. I hope you’ll find many hikes within the site that you’ll feel motivated to try yourself. Do get in touch if this is the case, I would love to hear from you.