Jordan’s Green-Guide #outdoors

As the dog days of summer roll on, many of us find ourselves hiking, biking, fishing, or camping in the great outdoors...or, at least, imagining ourselves doing so.  

Think about it for a second.  How many times did you actually pull out that fishing rod and portable stove last year? Once? Twice? Three times?

Americans spend roughly $887 billion a year on outdoor activities, and this staggering figure continues to grow.  But how much do we capitalize on our $887 billion expense?

As a person moderately engaged in outdoor activities, but who identifies strongly with outdoors culture, I often have the urge to rush out and buy a pair of hiking shoes and a sleeping mat when I consider my next camping excursion.  It feels good to wander around in REI imagining the great adventures and refreshing air of my upcoming trip, and the products lining the shelves promise the path to such bliss.  But, let’s be honest for a second, most of us are weekend warriors.  I know I am.  I do my best to get “out in it” as much as possible, but if accounted for honestly this amounts to many fewer trail days than expected.

Much of the utility I garner from these trips comes during the anticipation of, and reflection upon, them.  That is, I spend a relatively small portion my hours and days actually hiking, biking, kayaking etc., but rather more time imagining them.  And I'd put my bottom dollar down that you ain’t no different. There is nothing wrong with this fact, but a fact it remains.

So, in order ease our detriments to both our pocketbooks and the environment, let’s attempt to mediate advertising’s intoxicating effects.  Take five minutes to make a sober appraisal of the product you’re considering?  How many days a year will you use it?  Is there something you already own that might function nearly as well for this upcoming trip? Is it overkill?  Do you have any friends, neighbors, or companions on the trip who already own this and would lend it to you?  I think you might be surprised at how fulfilling it is to make it work with what you have; like our parents and grandparents did…without Gore Tex hiking shoes, trekking poles, or energy gels.   Strap on them old gym shoes, grab a stick from the bush, and munch an apple.  You’ll save some dough and the precious natural wonders you crave.

See y’all on the trails!


- 🤙🏼 JORDAN (reference)

Jordan McKay