Welcome to Camping and Hiking Tips. Whether you are a seasoned outdoor adventurer or just getting started, it is important to remember general tips for making your way through nature. You will learn proper camp site maintenance, walking tips, and many more things by coming here.
My name is Alex Owens and over the Summer of 2017 I took a trip to Kenya to study Paleoanthropology, Geology, and Ecology at the Turkana Basin Institute Illeret. I saw Elephants, Zebra, Dik-diks, and many more animals. Needless to say, it was a life changing experience. At one point during the trip, I spent ten days camping out in the bush. Every day we watched the sunset and every night the breath taking stars filled the sky. It uplifted my spirit and I was over whelmed by the beauty of our natural world. I get butterflies in my stomach every time that I think about it.
Every time I go on a hike or a run through nature, I feel the wonder and majesty of nature course through me. It uplifts my spirit and emboldens me to go even further. The way the breeze cuts through the trees, the sounds of birds, and the trickle of the stream all contribute to the momentous experience of the natural world.
As I go through my life, I intend to spend more time in nature. I find it to be the most simple, underrated pleasure in the world today. You can get some of your greatest joy from the simplest of things. Nature is that way. Each time I am out in the wild my face sparkles up and my stomach turns fuzzy. I believe that everyone should feel that at least once in their life. Whether you are taking a walk through a public park or visiting a national park, nature is everywhere for enjoyment. It is soothing to the soul.
Right now, I am currently enrolled at UC Santa Cruz and planning to major in Politics. It is a breath taking campus. Every time I walk to class or go to the gym, the redwoods tower over me. It is a majestic experience just to take a simple walk to and from class. Birds chirp. Leaves Rustle. Silence echoes. Where sound is absent, introspection fills the void.
Why write about this?
I want everyone to feel the same way I felt when I spent ten days in the bush. I gained personal growth because of it. If I can give others the knowledge to safely enjoy the same jaw dropping feeling I did in Kenya, then I have done my duty. Nature hiking and camping is an inexpensive, underrated experience. It costs nothing more than a small camping fee and your physical fitness, much less than spending a few nights in Las Vegas but with a lot more benefit.
From personal experience I can tell you that, if you spend time in nature, you will experience personal growth. I guarantee it. If you do not, then you have not spent enough time in nature. Personal growth is why I am writing on hiking and camping. Nature, as corny as it sounds, puts things in perspective. You step back from your day job, life, and worries to really reflect on what really matters. Is what I am doing what I really want out of life? Questions such as this get raised in the introspection-generating atmosphere of nature.
Personal growth is gained from asking yourself questions and answering them honestly. That is all it is. In the serenity of nature, you have the distraction free environment to understand your character. All I want to do is give people the minor knowledge preparation to do so.
The purpose of this website is simple—educate people about camping and hiking. That is it. Not enough people know what is required of them, so they go venture into nature without all the necessary knowledge to make their experience enjoyable. Then it is not fun, so they never do it again. This site will change that. It will equip you with the proper tools to make your camping and hiking experience remarkable and memorable. Because of this site, you will want to do it again.
After that, you will grow and have a better understanding of who you are. You may get closer to your partner. You may decide you want to pursue a different career. You may want to go back to school. What ever happens, you will reevaluate your path and your self. From taking a simple step into the silence of nature, you unburden yourself. I encourage you to take a walk and reflect. Who knows where you will end up?
If you ever need a hand or have any questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out.
All the best,