The great outdoors, a magnificent and extraordinary experience which may be shared with friends and loved ones. Lots of people nowadays do not take the time to”stop and smell the flowers.” As a whole, we are so caught up with our own lives which we don’t make the time necessary to enjoy the littlest of things in life, relax and unwind. In today’s society, we are all about work-work-work… Our schedules 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 nature.
Nature is such a lovely and complex marvel yet the vast majority of us spend little time exploring 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 would be surprised (or not) from the amount 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 might be an initial investment, depending on the type of camping you prefer, you may hardly need to spend any money at all. Some campers love backpacking, and although I can gladly say I have done this once – it was also a completely terrifying experience for me. Other folks would rather go”glamping” that is more of a”glamourous” encounter; blow-up mattresses, A/C, showers, fancy mobile sofas and some take it a step further with RV camping.
There are so many sights to visit and places to visit that one could never explore all of it in a lifetime. Even if you could, enjoying the scenery and soaking in the view from on top of a mountain is a sight that should never be rushed. Still, creating a bucket-list of all the places you wish 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 might be there’s always enough of mother nature to discuss and create new memories.
Have you ever had a chance to fully relax and unwind after a stressful week at work? 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 respect the world. Take the night sky for example — the light pollution is so terrible from most urban areas the only things visible in the skies are helicopters, jets and clouds/smog. Imagine leaning back into your comfortable camping chair, the only light visible comes from a dimly lit campfire and a series of light quickly shoots across your field of view. You look up and the sky becomes its own magnificent show, filled with 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 places could you drive for just 1-2 hours and be not only on the shore, but also in the hills, at a lake or even camping in the wilderness? Mother nature will not always be around, and it is sad to think that we take the beauty of our planet 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.