The Way There by Brock The Hermit Writer
If you are seeking the outdoors, significant value can be had of the journey itself, not just in the destination.
Just having a presence outdoors seems, to me anyway, to be more important than what I am actually doing. So I put a lot of emphasis on ‘traveling’ to and from whatever I have chosen to do — because, after all, it IS part of the total experience.
One of my favorite all-around ways to travel is with an ATV. It can get you to remote, isolated places where you could not get to by car or truck and it is much easier than being fatigued from trying to walk long distances. I have also used a mountain bike — but this too, can become physically draining. ATV’s can cover a lot of territory, although, walking and/or going slower does have its assorted advantages. You have the ability to view more of nature because it is much stealthier — wildlife cannot hear the engine so the prospect of ‘natural viewing’ becomes better. Also, you do not whiz past things and leave them unnoticed. Too often, people are in an excessive hurry and relinquish their vision of everything but the destination, missing the superlative details that make up life. It’s all those details that make it all worthwhile and make your experience afield more enjoyable.
A snowmobile during the winter months is a fine way to travel, but using snowshoes gets you deep into the unaltered, untracked wilderness. I guess your means of travel would logically relate upon what your actual destination is and possibly (forgive the thought) a shortened time frame. Getting there fast to set up camp before it gets dark or getting back to that consequential job is a requirement to consider.
The journey into the outdoors can take on many different and distinct forms — from the simplest means, walking or mountain biking, to an exhilarating Beaver Dehaveland airplane ride or a hair-raising kayak ride through the rapids to a remote camping destination. They should all conceivably be placed in your memory. Sometimes, combinations of travel techniques can be used. During all the different travel options, I always try to go slow and take a very relaxed approach — I can then manage to forget all the petty pursuits of life that, normally, are just a waste of time. I still cannot figure out how some people, in the midst of all this natural grandeur, can be so preoccupied that they have no focus except with franticly ‘getting there’.
Once you are there, you must go back – another hopefully, memorable journey for the taking! There are times when I have no real, distinct destination and there is no place I would rather have been, than nowhere in particular.