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#180465 - 11/02/13 10:07 AM I want to be Outside.
intrek38 Offline

Registered: 11/29/03
Posts: 430
Loc: Hesperia, Calif
This was written by a woman who just finished hiking the PCT and I figured it deserved a place here.

Oh, want, want, wantÖ I donít want money. I want shelter, food and water.
I donít want diamonds. I want winking stars and moonlight.
I donít want a bouquet of cut long-stem roses. I want wildflowers growing along the edge of a path, leading me somewhere. Anywhere.
I donít want the biggest, latest plasma tv. I want a series of vistas that I work hard to see and stories of what I encountered to get there.
I donít want a big, cushy recliner. I want the perfect rock to lean against, a divet in the dirt that fits my butt just right and maybe an old decaying log to prop my feet up on.
I donít want make-up and perfume. I want dirt under my fingernails and the scent of pine, sage and an occasional patch of wild blueberries swirling around me.
I donít want expensive, aged wine. I want to dip an overly-used bottle into a crisply cold mountain stream or trickling spring.
I donít want cars and the hum of city life. I want crickets, birds, frogs, wind in the leaves, footsteps on the earth and the silence of the forest.
I donít want schedules. I want simple. I want whatís there. Whatís always been there. Itís simple and itís all natural. Itís reliable. Itís peaceful, private, and personal. Itís a place to melt every sense I have into one giant organic orb of being. To just be.
I want to be outside. I miss itÖ I miss being outside. Every day. All day. Moving, seeing, experiencing, struggling, loving, feeling, being as alive as I can feel in the most naturally comfortable way possible.
I donít want to sleep indoors ever again. I want to feel a bite from the cold air on my face after I peek outside from the warmth of my sleeping bag. Every single day. I want to wake in the darkness of early morning, stars still twinkling above. I want to walk, silently and carefully as the natural light slowly brings my path into view. I want to watch the sky wake up with me in pastel colors and diminishing shadows. I want light breezes to carry me along when I feel tired. I want the flowers to smile at me and the mountains to invite me in. I want to climb into their mysteriousness Ė to immerse myself in their beautiful secrets. I want to surround myself with the air of desolate nature.
Every single day, I want to wake up outside.

Written by Robin Grapa, aka "Toots Magoots"

#180473 - 11/02/13 11:10 PM Re: I want to be Outside. [Re: intrek38]
jimmyb Offline

Registered: 09/16/13
Posts: 276
smile Sounds a bit like what Heaven might be like if there is such a place. Frolicking though eternity would be OK with me.


#180482 - 11/03/13 08:25 PM Re: I want to be Outside. [Re: intrek38]
Glenn Roberts Online   content

Registered: 12/23/08
Posts: 1924
Loc: Southwest Ohio
Absolutely beautiful. I haven't read anything that captures the essence of backpacking better since Colin Fletcher. (And that's not bad company for any hiker.)

#180489 - 11/04/13 08:38 AM Re: I want to be Outside. [Re: intrek38]
ETSU Pride Offline

Registered: 10/25/10
Posts: 933
Loc: Knoxville, TN
I like it. smile
It is one of the blessings of wilderness life that it shows us how few things we need in order to be perfectly happy.-- Horace Kephart

#180502 - 11/04/13 09:46 PM Re: I want to be Outside. [Re: ETSU Pride]
OregonMouse Offline

Registered: 02/03/06
Posts: 6742
Loc: Gateway to Columbia Gorge
Love it!

The one proviso is that my nice heated house, with lots of things to do during the 15-16 hours of darkness, is very tempting during the winter! For the rest of the year, though, that essay fits me perfectly!

Edited by OregonMouse (11/04/13 09:46 PM)
May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view--E. Abbey

#180506 - 11/04/13 10:40 PM Re: I want to be Outside. [Re: OregonMouse]
jimmyb Offline

Registered: 09/16/13
Posts: 276
Yes winter...
well in a perfect world that would find me waking up in the Caribbean and other such wonderfully warm places.

#180514 - 11/05/13 12:59 PM Re: I want to be Outside. [Re: intrek38]
billstephenson Offline

Registered: 02/07/07
Posts: 3917
Loc: Ozark Mountains in SW Missouri
Yeah, that pretty much nails it.

Thanks for sharing.

"You want to go where?"


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