“Our ability to perceive quality in nature begins, as in art, with the pretty. It expands through successive stages through the beautiful to values as yet uncaptured by language” -Aldo Leopold
I have driven all over this great country; 60,000 ticks on the odometer in the last two years, many of those miles alone. What I can tell you for sure after having logged such seat time is that it would be hard to overstate the importance of deep contemplation in my life. There is ample time for thought and self-reflection behind the wheel as the miles pile on, only the rumble of the tires to break up the quiet of the mind. The road is where I do my best thinking, and where I become a better man. Wherever it is that you find retreat and think, I suggest you go there as often as possible.
Also, eastern WA is rad.
Celebrated Earth Day yesterday with my first ski tour in Teton National Park. These Parks, along with national forests and other federal lands are all of our lands. We, as Americans, rich or poor, collectively own them. This is an easy thing to forget and take for granted. However just because these lands have been protected doesn’t mean they always will. There is a growing push from some in the Republican Party to give over control of these lands to state governments, who could then theoretically sell them to energy/mining companies or other private entities. Once they are gone we won’t get them back. It doesn’t matter where you sit on the political spectrum these our lands and they are worth protecting! Thanks to @branthaflich for taking me into the park #earthday#keepitpublic#ourland#tetonnationalpark#humanpower#springskiing#earningturns
Up hill sprints, shuttle runs, over the box, run, over the shoulder, run, get ups, run, burpees, run. Groups at 25 and splitting a nock while feeling fuzzy and out of breath and all under 30 minutes 😍🏹
Yesterday being Earth Day, we spent the day hiking and doing our part to pick up litter in one of the city parks in Grand Rapids. It was rewarding! And it prompted a conversation between my son and I about taking responsibility for other people sh*t. Literally. It’s not the most glorious or enjoyable work. And it’s more than a little frustrating. On a backpacking trip to the great Smoky Mountain national Park, I walked around the corner to see toilet paper and human excrement. I shout it out loud to my friend, “some *sshole sh*t on the trail!” To itch my friend – over in tearful laughter-yes that was literally true. So we double down in our advocacy: educate people to take responsibility for their own actions while we take responsibility for those who do not. At some point will reach critical mass. There’s more stories and info through the LINK IN BIO! 🙂 🗺 🎒 Get more of the story.
There are ideas and spaces worth defending and @85for85 embodies just that. I am so grateful to be part of this collaboration of artists that created this project. We’ve woven our voices together in one book to help support the defense of public lands and now we are sharing it with you! Stand up with us! You can pre-order this limited edition @85for85 book now at 85for85.com
Early morning gobbles and orange sunrises 🙌 My favoriteee part about turkey hunting is watching the woods change this time of year. Opening day is a blanket of brown and after a few weeks your surrounded by green growth! And it seems like every critter in the woods is singing at daybreak! It’s the small things.. #turkeyhunting#keepitpublic#nwtf @huntersspecialties
It’s been a trying spring. Beyond the cold temps, outside circumstances left turkey season on the back burner. Today, sharing the woods with @michiganoutdoorexp , I had forgotten how much these spring mornings mean to me. I’m thankful beyond belief to harvest a bird, and to have a talented photographer with me when I did. #nwtf#wildturkey#springhunting#huntmichigan#keepitpublic
The Angeles National Forest, just an hour outside of LA, has mountains that seem to stretch forever. You half expect to see a dinosaur lumbering out from behind a hill. In case you've been wondering if there's an antidote to all the BS that city life throws at you, it's finding places like this. Refuges that are just a short journey from your usual concrete routine, that let you clear your head and recharge your batteries. The time away may seem like an extravagance, but I almost always come back with fresh ideas and renewed energy for tackling the things I put on pause for a few hours. #ConnectedStates#lifetips