“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.”
~Henry David Thoreau
My love of the outdoors began at age five while growing up on Long Island, New York - climbing trees and exploring the woods next to my home. But it really took off in the early seventies as a Cub Scout and Webelos with Pack 363, where I went on my first overnight camping trips and learned basic skills such as starting a fire and pitching a tent.
In the decades since, I have managed to squeeze in the occasional expedition among the everyday demands of life, work and family, never fully satisfied with the amount of time and attention I was giving to my favorite pastime. As I grow older and became more disenchanted with the trappings of an urban, technological existence, I am recommitting myself to the wonders of the natural world and to finding a true spirituality on the trail.
I hope this site inspires you to seek out your own adventures, whether at your local park, on the Appalachian Trail, atop Mount Hozomeen or anywhere in between. Naturalist John Muir once stated, “Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity.”
It’s time to go home.