Leisure time in the outdoors
Pure leisure-time involves the freedom to: explore without constraints, viagra sale limits, search time or schedule. While in the wilderness then, health experiencing leisure is similar to getting side-tracked. It is these unplanned side-tracks that make the experience more dynamic and exciting. Side-tracks open up the ‘‘wild’ aspects of the wilderness, long-lost in urban environments.
Coming from a background of leading wilderness trips and experiences I have found that it is not the grande destination or the mileage that makes the experience richer, but rather the journey itself. Whether an afternoon walk or a two month trek, take the time to get side-tracked and do not miss-out on the unique aspects of the wilderness experience.
The A to B schedule of urban lifestyles then has no valuable place in the wilderness. One potential problem with having a destination (or time constraint) while enjoying the wilderness is that it often does not allow for those unforseen pleasures to be experienced. This could mean not being able to spend that extra day by a waterfall or time to follow interesting animal tracks or even just spending a few minutes getting acquainted with a new plant. But consider which experience would be remembered ten years after the fact: the time spent getting side-tracked or the passing by of the little points of interests because of time and destination restraints.
Another common hindrance to the wilderness experience is media propaganda. The market is flooded with outdoor magazines that advertize all manner of gadgets draped over fair-looking outdoors-people in an attempt to romanticize a product with the wilderness experience. The fact is that these gadgets have been shown to detract from the experience, not add to it. Many wilderness writers, poets and modern day researchers have found that by keeping more of your surroundings (including gear) natural, the chance of having a positive wilderness experience increases. As Henry Thoreau would say: simplify, simplify, simplify. By trying to substitute interpretive knowledge and bush-craft with manufactured gadgets and high-tech. gear we miss out on the natural and waste money at the same time. As Aldo Leopold (father of the ecology movement and the ‘‘land ethic’) wrote: the wilderness experience is really primitivistic in nature, when we bring all manner of unnecessary gadgets into the woods, the experience is lost; it is like bringing the factory into the woods.
If we therefore simplify and view the needed gear, i.e. the canoe, backpack and other gadgets as merely the tools to get us into the experience and not to be the focus of trip, we may free-up considerable time for getting side-tracked.
To the one who becomes as a child again, spontaneously roaming and seeking the wild, discoveries will abound. It is not those whom seek out the great marvels of nature whom best understand it, but those who take the time to get sidetracked in its little wonders.