Outdoor living is something everyone should experience at least once or twice in their lifetime. It affords people a whole new perspective on the world we live in and our place in nature. It poses new challenges that make us stronger and better people as we overcome them.
In the past outdoor living was not something that people had to deliberately seek in order to experience the fullness of life. This is because the great outdoors was a necessary part of survival. This has remained true for people who earn their livings from agriculture. They still need to live close to the land in order to get it to yield crops reliably.
However, for most people living in industrialized societies, we tend to live very indoor existences. There is very little need to interact with the elements. It could be sub zero degrees temperature outside but we are able to move from our centrally heated homes to our warm cars and onto temperature regulated offices with hardly the need to wear particularly warm clothing.
One of the best ways to experience outdoor living in the modern age is to go camping. Camping is great fun and you get to feel a sense of oneness with nature when there is nothing between you and the elements except a canvas tent. The best time to go camping with your family is during the summer. Camping is a very cost effective vacation alternative and does not cost as much as other more expensive vacations. You can visit some of the most beautiful parts of the country and truly appreciate outdoor living.
One of the main activities on a camping holiday is walking. It is great exercise and nothing is more satisfying than walking through dramatic landscapes of exceptional beauty. It really renews a person’s faith in the Ultimate Creator and helps one to appreciate that technology and stressful living is only a tiny part of reality.
Outdoor living for a while is a very good bonding activity. People should not try to be too up to date with their camping experience. It is highly recommended that you leave your portable DVD players and laptop computers at home. It is much more cohesive when the family gathers around the campfire singing songs or telling stories as a means of evening entertainment. It enhances communication when a couple work out a route together over a traditional map rather than leaving everything to technology.