If you are looking for some desperately needed outdoor motivation, then you have come to the right place. Sometimes it can be difficult to get outside to the fresh air. You have responsibilities, whether it be school, work, family, or anything else of the sort. It can be hard to break free and take some time to enjoy the outdoors. In this article, you will be treated to 10 Inspirational Camping and Hiking Quotes and Photos. They are meant to remind you of the joy you can experience outdoors and what awaits you, so let’s get started.
1. The Lofoten Islands of Norway – a Scenic Getaway
“Away is a place where it’s not about the money you spend. It’s about the moments you share.” -Anonymous
Some places are quite far and hard to reach. The place in the photo above, the Lofoten Islands in Norway, is not easy to get to. But once you are there, the beauty astounds. You are treated to wonders you would have never dreamed of before. The calm sets in and the sunny days absorb you. The water glitters and the breeze cools your face. It is a magical wonder.
2. Nanga Parbat, Massive Mountains Reach to the Heavens
“I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery. Air, mountains, tree, people. I thought: this is what it is to be happy.” -Sylvia Plath
Imagine waking up in the morning to that view. Woah! Those are some big mountains. You see Nanga Parbat here, the ninth tallest mountain in the world. It is quite the site to behold. A mountain like that took a long time to form and you get to see it here today in all its splendor.
3. A Weekend Hike, the Short Retreat You Need
“There is no Wi-fi in the forest, but I promise you will find a better connection.” -Anonymous
When you hike with friends, you are bound to bond with one another. Even better yet, you do not have to travel to the mountains of Pakistan or the isles of Norway to experience nature’s elegance. In fact, there is probably one in your own backyard. It just takes a bit of looking. You desperately need it. In a previous article, I wrote about the mental health benefits of hiking. If you go hiking, the gains will be immense, improving your mood, physical fitness, and creativity.
4. Glamping, Modern Amenities and Rustic Beauty
“My camping days are over, but I might consider glamping.” -Christine Feehan
Camping does not always have to equate to “roughing it.” In fact, you can splurge a bit and still enjoy the scenery around you. I have done it before. Sometimes I want the beauty of nature with indoor lighting. You know what I am saying? When you go glamping, you get both hotel level amenities and the nascence of nature right before your eyes.
5. French Valley, Chile – You Will Find Some Great Peaks
“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out going to the mountains is going home; that wilderness is a necessity.” -John Muir
You need this. If you are overstimulated from your morning coffee, camping can take the edge off. If work is stressing you out with an unfathomable amount of responsibilities, a good weekend hike will put life in perspective. If the big city is not what you thought it would be, the outdoors will give you the time to slow down and reflect. You need this.
6. Real Solitude, Only Found in Nature
“Nature has been for me, for as long as I remember, a source of solace, inspiration, adventure, and delight; a home, a teacher, a companion.” -Lorraine Anderson
The outdoors symbolizes refuge. You can slow down and take life bit by bit. You cannot really get that in the typical 9 to 5 job. In nature, you can learn about flora and fauna that abound around you. The rustle of the tree leaves calm your senses, enabling you to take each step one at a time. When you see yourself looking up at the sky, you can really enjoy yourself.
7. The High Sierras in Yosemite, a Home for Freedom
“The farther one gets into the wilderness, the greater is the attraction of its lonely freedom.” -Theodore Roosevelt
The first president to establish the National Parks, Theodore Roosevelt spent a lot of time outdoors, appreciating and wandering the world. It gave him time to reflect. Compared to that of the big city, the outdoors has very little people. The numbers just drop. You can be by yourself and think, becoming a hermit-philosopher of the sorts.
8. An Opportunity for You and Your Significant Other to Bond
“If you can survive camping with someone, you should marry them on the way home.” -Yvonne Prinz
This is definitely true. Compared to what we have today, camping can be rough if you are just not used to it. When you camp with your significant other and you both have a good time, then that is a very reassuring sign. If you can camp with ease through the rough outdoors, then you two have got something special.
9. Lugina e Valbones, Tropoje, Full of Spectacular Mountains
“Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.” -John Muir
I really like John Muir. He was the world’s first environmentalist. He understood that dirt fertilizes the soul. It gives it character. It may make things a bit dirty and grungy, but that is the point. You cover yourself in dirt or only a small bit to realize it is not all so bad. In fact, you are better for it. You find out more about yourself. You realize that the dirt is a metaphor for life. It slings mud at you, but you keep moving forward despite what comes at you.
10. Sunset Camping, a Very Refreshing Experience
“I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my sense put in order.” -John Burroughs
Take a deep breath. Now breathe out slowly. You need it. A good breath makes you remember that you are alive. When you are outdoors, you have a lot more of these moments. The stimuli fall away and you can focus on the moment at hand. You are not thinking about the past or future, but only the here and now. You step back from whatever troubles your mind to reflect and reassess your life.
Are You Ready to Feed Your Wild Side?
I am glad to say I wrote this article. I hope it inspired you. We saw some excellent quotes and moving pictures that were bound to urge you to think a bit outside your comfort zone. With that in mind, this article will only have worked if you take action though. I recommend that you check out All Trails to find a good outdoor adventure near you. If there is a trail near you, All Trails will be sure to have it. Are you ready to feed your wild side?
If you have any thoughts, questions, or think I missed anything, do not hesitate to comment below and please share the article. Thank you so much and I hope you make it a great day!