Although there have been studies published about health benefits from spending time outdoors, it doesn’t take a scientific analysis to realize that being outdoors just feels good. Whether it’s a walk in the park, tending a garden, watching a sunset, climbing a mountain or skiing down one, you can’t deny it: we belong in nature.
The more you become engaged with the outdoors, the more you see that a trailhead is not only a physical place, but something more profound. Trailheads can serve as a symbolic gateway, connecting the vastness and beauty of what lies beyond familiar boundaries.
Visiting these trailheads puts you in touch with your adventurous spirit. Here, you have a special opportunity to try something new or revisit the familiar as if for the first time. Your experience doesn’t have to be distant or exhaustive. Make it fun! You can plan a special trip or be guided on an organized outing. You can take a solo walk into town for brunch or plan a sunset rendezvous with others. Whenever leaving your home or workplace, consider bringing a sketch pad, camera, sound recorder, binoculars, or journal. If you have different shades of sunglasses, bring them all for that special panoramic rest stop. If you have a guitar or telescope, consider bringing it to that bonfire or campsite gathering you have been looking forward to. If children are part of your life, plan an outing with them using their ideas and perspective to help design a rewarding experience for everyone.
There are many adventures out there waiting for you and the ideas mentioned here are just the tip of a metaphorical iceberg. Applying the underlying themes of adventure and exploration can be an invigorating way to get from here to there. So go ahead and be playful as you see, think, and dream new things!