I try often to figure out what exactly I enjoy about the outdoors. What is it that drives me to spending time in the wilderness? Obviously there are many reasons but one of the main ones for me is to get a sense of isolation. Is there any one else out there that feels the same way? I'm going to take a minute to try and explain why it is important to me.
The definition of isolation is: the process or fact of isolating or being isolated. The definition of isolated is: far away from other places, buildings, or people; remote.
For most people I feel that they are mostly focusing on the first 2, places and buildings. Being away from any major city or town. Its not always the case but that is the first thought. Isolation is thought of as the middle of nowhere, no mans land. But for me its a little different. Yes I love going to places such as the photo above. Probably no one around for miles. That would be true isolation. What I focus on though is more the isolation from people, and yes I would be isolated from people if I were at the location in the photo, but I do not live anywhere neat a place like this. I live in the suburbs of a major metropolitan area. Even though there is no mountains around me I could drive a few hours in be in a national forest and find true isolation.
I don't have to do that though. I can find isolation just 10 minutes away at a local park. Its large enough that I can go in to the woods and not hear or see another person all day if I were to stay in one spot. That works for me! I don't know if I can explain it but I get joy from the feeling that no one knows where I am and I know that I don't have eyes on me.
My point is that you don't have to go far to get a little of the enjoyment of the outdoors! So get out there and Live The Wood Life!