A Bigger Stage

As I make minimal (no) effort to overcome the typical college student caffeine addiction, I can’t help but be pleased with progress I’ve made away from this site in the past week. As I’m sure several of you know, I am a contributing writer and photographer for the group Outdoor Project, whose goal is essentially the same as mine times all of North America: to write about and photograph awesome adventures, and to encourage more people to get off their asses and get outside. After I got off to a slow start, I was able to get my first two articles posted for them in the past week.

No, this does not mean that because I’ve suddenly had my work posted to a site that has 34,100 followers (as opposed to my 1,126) on Instagram that I am going to give up this site. Not even close. This site will always be mine and I hope to be writing on it for a long, long time. With that in mind, it’s nice to have made a giant leap for myself, from your typical blog writer to someone who has at least gotten their name out there to the outdoor world. There’s a lot of work to be done to make it big, but hey, we all start somewhere right?

The worst part about going back to school is the lack of time to spend outdoors. Being a junior in college now, as well as a baseball player, keeps everything fairly routine and leaves little down time. Fortunately, this past week was syllabus week and we have yet to start our fall practices, so my friend Nick (who contributed the pictures to This Land is Your Land) and his girlfriend and her friend are all going to go for a short but scenic hike this weekend. Come October, once the leaves have changed and the weather cools, my weekends should hopefully be dedicated to mother nature. Time will tell.

For now, I’ll sit and wait and wonder, like I’ve been doing, and like I’ll continue to do.

If you’d like to check out my posts for Outdoor Project, they’re pretty great, and I’d encourage you to do so. Here are the link:

I’d also like to start ending all of my posts with quotes I like about the outdoors or really just in general, so let’s give that a try.

“I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”—Thoreau

 

—D.G.

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