Freeman Tyler Kurbat

The following is an excerpt from Freeman author Tyler Kurbat:

We've seen a resurgence. We have an open invitation to take back the great wide open. Hashtags and cooperatives. Clothing companies and gear. Beards, flannels and nature photography.

It's exciting. People are looking up from their phones and stepping out into the wild. 

And I'm thankful for guys like John Muir. Who knows what wild might remain had it not been for his adoration and evangelism for all things outdoors? Yosemite and the John Muir Trail are a testament to his efforts. Even my dad and sister are gearing up to spend some time in his tracks.

And my hope is that this yearning for a culture's wide exploration only continues to grow. I can't put it as elegant as Muir, but I echo his mantra. The more time I spend out there, the more I learn about myself. The more I gain perspective. The more I feel renewed. 

There's cadence to a day well spent outside. From the careful arrival of the morning sun and an orchestra of life brought to cheer, the flesh of Earth graced one glorious, golden kiss to the crackling whisper of an open flame that licks the moon, this life we have is better when we look outside our screens.

I, too, know the love he shared for it all.

But don't take it from me. Muir is the man.

In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks
— Muir
The mountains are calling and I must go.
— John Muir