A great game can bring together a family, a group of friends and complete strangers like nothing else can. Sure, one might argue that music or food is a stronger attractor, but from my experience of traveling across the US, and camping, a good outdoor game can create more relationships than just about anything else. Hanging out in a busy campground can be an ultra fun experience, especially when you tie all three of those elements together; I guarantee you’ll have the time of your life if you setup in an open and inviting space, and start a fire, stick some hot dogs on the blaze or steaks on the grill, while others play some tunes and play a game like ladderball or cornhole.
Have you noticed that when the gray winter covers the skies that your happiness and activity levels decrease? Every year I notice it, every year I simply deal with it, letting my work and my relationships suffer. So this year I sought out a cure, and I've noticed that the bottom line for my mood has improved, as has my creativity, AND I've noticed a drop in anxiety.
What is it about Winter that brings those nasty blues? One might argue that it’s because all the trees have gone bare or that the grey clouds have taken control of the world outside, or simply that they block out most of the sunlight. Similar to those of us who prefer staying indoors, no matter what season of the year, it is the lack of sun exposure that has a powerful impact on our moods. Ever wonder why doctors suggest a supplement of vitamin D for sadness, depression, and hermits? Well, this stems from precisely the same issue. The more time you spend NOT in sunlight, the more your mood can fluctuate and your bottom line can fall. But there’s a brilliant solution that I’ve been using this winter, and it actually works.
When the dismal shades of winter paint the sky grey, to where the sun is all but blotted out, where the green of the living life lay dormant, ever sleeping, it is our lives that feel the burden of modern life most. For me, it’s part seasonal affective disorder, for lack of sunshine, but it’s also a deep seated sadness that sits heavy in my heart, for it was me that chose to stay cooped up indoors and away from the natural world. For there in the unspoiled wilderness am I free, at ease, decompressed and de-stressed, and reconnecting with where I was born from.
For the backpacker, camper, and adventure enthusiast, having the right kind of reliable gear on you can make all the difference in the world between life and death. You never know what might befall you when out in the wilderness, from a simple fall to an animal attack. But no matter the circumstances it’s always best to plan ahead. One of the best pieces of equipment to pack for any wild jaunt is a true survival blade.
When I’m not traveling the world or exploring a new section of forest, you can often find me with my nose in a book. For as long as I can remember, I’ve had an insatiable lust for learning, for opening my mind and for furthering my ability to think and reason. Since it’s wintertime, I’ve been particularly aggressive in my drive knowledge, reading thirty books in the first forty days of 2018. Some are audio books, but my point stands.
There’s few experiences better than boating on the open seas. Imagine when the sun is bright and hot, and the weather warm and comforting, and the water rolling and lapping against the boat. Add in fast speed boats, perhaps a beer or few (but of course, not for the driver), skimpy clothes, and the relief that the water provides, and you’re edging on paradise for many.
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