So as of recent I have seen many folks utilizing the hashtag #OutsideisFree. At first I thought well that is clever, as there is no valid gym membership, no open hours etc. Although as it has started to crop up more and more I began to think, Outside is not Free. As this pondered in my mind I ran into someone out on the single track one day, a conversation started about the trails and nature and how they felt the best part of it was it was “FREE”. So being the stubborn Norwegian I am I asked them “So all of the volunteer hours, the donations from business, the county, tourism, etc. they have no value?” The stunned look explained it all. The conversation continued and I recognized a different appreciation for the Outside instantly.
I’m not going to rant about weather Outside is Free or not, I just want to ask you before you devalue the Natural World that as people we get to enjoy, that do not take for granted the Public lands, Parks etc that often partner with Trail Associations and others to create Ski Trails, Hiking Trails, Single Track, Alpine Areas and more that it has a Value and it is PRICELESS! You still may not have a Fee to use it but it did come at a cost.
Get Out There and support keeping Public Lands PUBLIC for everyone to use and enjoy
Support YOUR local Trail Group or Association through a monetary donation or donation of your time on a work day.
Remember to #BeOutThere as #OutsideisPriceless