There’s an Explorer in All of Us

I love seeing people get outdoors, and I love the idea of inspiring or helping others to get outdoors. There’s nothing like the sensation of being out in nature (pretty sure that’s scientifically proven, as well).

I see more and more posts on Instagram and Facebook of people going outdoors, whether it’s just to the local lake or on vacations to Colorado or Alaska. This is probably a good time to point out that I’m not taking credit for this, not even in the slightest. That would be absurd. I just love seeing people seeing the world and seeing what mother nature has to offer, because there’s so much out there to see.

I have to admit, I do get a little jealous. One of my teammates was just in Estes Park, another in Alaska. I was seething with envy. I’ve been to both, but Colorado was when I was an infant, and when I went to Alaska, I didn’t have the respect for nature that I do now, so they’re at the top of the “Places to go” list. I could be wrong on this, but I’m pretty sure I’m right. It seems like hiking and vacations to outdoorsy places are becoming more and more of a popular thing these days. When I was younger, there never seemed to be a lot of hiking going on for anyone. Weekends were most often spent playing video games. Now, I’m sure there were some people who still hiked frequently, just as there are still people who play video games like their life depends on it nowadays, but the outdoor community, in my opinion, is bigger now than it ever was before. And I love that.

There’s a video on YouTube from The North Face, and I love it. It’s narrated by former astronaut Buzz Aldrin, and I wanted to share a quote from it:

We want to see…to explore. We, as human beings, we need that. There’s a little bit of danger in the unknown, but human beings, I find, are just not apt to back away from something thaat is a challenge. We barely made it, but we did make it. We were pushing the limits pretty close. People will always have a deisre to explore what they haven’t seen, whether it’s above us, on the surface, or down in the depths of the ocean. — Buzz Aldrin

If you want to see the whole video, you can watch it here. I’d definitely recommend it.

I think there’s a lot of truth to that quote. It’s in human nature to explore what we haven’t seen. There’s always that little bit of curiosity to find out what’s out there. And exploring doesn’t have to be some grand adventure. Sure, climbing Mount Everest is exploring, but so is taking a walk down to a creek down the road. It can be a hike through the rockies or a day at the lake; a backcountry adventure or a walk down the trail. If you get outside to check out nature, whether you’re at 20 feet of elevation or 20,000, it’s exploring.

I love photography and I love hiking, and they’ve captivated me more than anything else ever has, but I was raised to give back however I could. I always thought that would be by doing something through the medical field, until chemistry and genetics kicked my ass harder than anything ever had, and I realized that wouldn’t work out. So now I feel that if I can inspire one person to get outside and explore and help protect this earth, or even just to find something they love and go after it with a full head of steam, than I’ll be successful.

There’s an explorer in all of us. It’s part of who we are. From the moment we’re born, we’re curious, we’re fascinated, and we’re always interested in discovering more. Crawling around as a baby, sometimes in to things we shouldn’t be crawling into, is just part of our nature. It never leaves us, either. Whatever it is, whether you believe me or not, we want to see. We want to explore.

So get out there! See what you can find. Sometimes the smallest things in nature come from the least expected places, you just have to look.

Want to see how we explored? Check out our video from the beautiful Cape Breton Highlands. Just a small sample of what’s out there.

 

Get out there.

—D.G.

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