The great outdoors, a magnificent and extraordinary experience that may be shared with friends and family members. As a whole, we are so caught up with our own lives that we do not make the time necessary to enjoy the tiniest of things in life, relax and unwind. In today’s society, we are all about work-work-work… Our programs are so full and crammed with meetings and work-related issues which we forget about some of the truly wonderful things life has to offer, like nature.
Nature is such a beautiful and complicated marvel yet the vast 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’ve been to any of the surrounding national parks like Yosemite, or Yellowstone you’d be surprised (or not) from the number of those who have been to places like this. In the last few years, I’ve grown very fond of being out in the wilderness. It’s such a refreshing and revitalizing hobby and on top of that, it’s basically free.
Camping is such a wonderful hobby to pick-up and although acquiring equipment may be an initial investment, depending on the sort of camping you prefer, you may hardly need to spend any money at all. Some campers love backpacking, and although I can happily say I have done this once – it was also a completely terrifying experience for me. Other people prefer to go”glamping” which is more of a”glamourous” encounter; blow-up mattresses, A/C, showers, fancy portable sofas and some take it a step further with RV camping.
There are so many sights to visit and places to see 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 enthusiasm when you’re able to actually check an item off the list. Like previously mentioned, camping can be shared with both friends and loved ones. 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 actually lay back and admire the world. Take the night sky for example — the light pollution is so terrible 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 quickly shoots across your field of view. You look up and the sky becomes its own magnificent show, full of countless stars, and again you find 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 enjoy most about Southern California is how close everything is. In what other areas could you drive for just 1-2 hours and be not only on the shore, but also in the mountains, at a lake or even camping in the wilderness? Mother nature will not always be around, and it’s sad to think that we take the beauty of the world for granted. The next time you’re feeling adventurous, why not get out and explore, you will be truly amazed by just how much beauty there is on this world.