Take A Walk In The Woods
Outside, the woods are my refuge. Some people stay inside, playing on their Xbox and eating delivery pizza by the box. I’d rather be lost in the woods than found in the city. The smell of dry leaves in the air and the feel of fresh sap on my fingers is what brings a smile to my face. It’s not for everyone, but you have to try it before you knock it.
Some people try to judge me, but they don’t know what they’re missing. Every now and again, someone asks for me to take them along on my “outdoor adventures.” Come with me, my friend, and let me show you what floats my boat.
Nature Isn’t a Place to Visit, It’s Home
I’m always asked what I do for fun. Apparently ‘take a walk outside isn’t the most popular answer. But why not? Some people want to know where I go when I want to relax or live it up. Again, the answer is outside. Still, there are people in this world that don’t understand such a response. Outside, for me, is an extension of home. I could be in the fanciest of cities and you’ll find me in the nearest woods. It’s a chance for me to see the local flora and fauna. Give me the fresh air over the smog any day.
Me: I used to be a lumberjack in the Sahara…
You: But the Sahara is a desert.
Me: Now it is.
Everywhere is walking distance if you have the time. And on the weekends, I have nothing but time. I can get lost in a wooded area for hours on end. And it’s all okay. No phone signal? No problem. I’m never really lost, either. If I keep walking far enough, I’ll come out at the other end. Or, I’ll turn around. Anyone who feels at home at nature is capable of finding their way home.
My outdoors has multiple areas to play, too. There are the places that I go for a bonfire, the places that I go to read a good book, spots for hunting, spots for fishing, and the list goes on. It’s just like my home. I go to different “rooms” for different things, so why shouldn’t my home away from home be the same?
All Good Things are Wild and Free
Everyone has a song that defines them. You won’t find “Material Girl” defining me in this lifetime. I don’t need diamonds or pearls, and I don’t need fancy watches or Gucci loafers. I just need some hiking boots and a compass. It’s that simple. It may come as a shock to people, but I’d rather spend my time among the trees than among the boutiques any day of my life.
Some of the best times of my life have been spent outdoors, pitching a tent to slumber under the stars. Outdoors has everything I need. Light? Check. Entertainment? Check. A place to sleep? Check. I can’t think of anything more I could ask for. I’ll never say no to more fishing lures or more ammo for my rifle, but other than that, I’m good to go.
We can live off the land in Minnesota or Texas. Point me in the direction of the trees and I’ll do the rest. There are nuts and berries that I can pluck right off the trail, creating the freshest trail mix I could ask for. If I want something a bit more filling, I’ll fish. It’s all there waiting for me. All I have to do is reach out and nature provides it to me. It’s all wild, and it’s all free. Set up a campfire and I can have a hot meal. That lake or river over there provides me with an amazing bath, sometimes with a waterfall feature, too.
Sticks and stones are my décor. The sound of the birds chirping is my stereo. The landscape of trees in front of me is my view. Ahh, life is good. I’ll take a walk any day in order to embrace all of this. There are times when I’d rather be outside than in the air conditioning of my house. I love my house. I’ve worked hard to decorate it and make it mine. But God has decorated this home of mine, and it’s important to embrace this glorious land from time to time.
Be Owned by a Good Piece of Land
If you are lucky, you will have the opportunity in your life to be owned by a good piece of land. Make no mistake, the land owns you. It calls you like a siren in the middle of the week. You work harder and faster to finish up your tasks so that you can honor your land. You know your land like a backroad, every divot, every trail, every tree. Your land is all consuming. It embraces you at night like a warm blanket. It greets you in the morning with the promises of excitement.
There’s also something to be said about being owned by the land that your father and his father was owned by. It’s generational. It’s filled with memories. The big spruce trees are the same ones that your forefathers walked by. They’re just bigger now. Your fishing hole was their fishing hole. It’s a way to feel their presence long after they have left you. When you spend time in the same space that they once did, you can almost feel them standing next to you. It’s yet another reason to go for a walk from time to time.
Land that is Loved will Reward You
A good piece of land deserves to be treated right. It expects you to use it. Don’t sit on five or 10 acres unless you’re going to use it. Taken an ATV out onto it, stomp through the snow in it, or spend some time getting to know the critters. If you can’t identify 10 unique things about your land, you’re not honoring your land sufficiently. Get out and take a walk. Don’t come back until you know more about it. You’ll thank me for it later.
Land that is loved will reward you. It will provide you with the memories that you can hold onto. Sometimes it provides you with the game you can go out and hunt. Maybe it provides you with the fish that you can drop a line in after. Certainly it will even provide you with a Christmas tree year after year. If your land isn’t providing for you, you’re not looking hard enough. Good land loves you and you love it. You have a symbiotic relationship with it. You walk it regularly and it rewards you with its fruit in one way or another.
It’s Simply Sherman Nature
The simplest way to enjoy nature is to walk out your front door and take a deep breath. The fresh air will woo you into the woods all on its own. You want more than that? Then, you get a pole barn. Whether you’re in Texas or Minnesota, there’s plenty of land for you to embrace. All you have to do is figure out what you want to do with it.
Having a pole barn allows you to have an outdoorsy place for all of your outdoorsy toys. You know, ATVs, fishing poles, snow skis, water skis, whatever it is that you want. Tents, hiking gear, and everything else can have its own home when it’s not in use. It will ensure that you’re not crowding your home or garage with it all.
If you’re truly being owned by the land, there will be plenty of toys. Why go broke taking luxury vacations when you can go broke buying the best ATV or snowmobile on the market? At least your toys can be used again and again.
At Sherman Pole Buildings, we can make sure you have that storage center in the heart of nature for all of your favorite toys. It ensures you have a protective covering for it all. If it’s raining or snowing, you can go in there for shelter, too. It’s a chance to dry off while you give Mother Nature a chance to do her job. And while we’re building, you can walk the land to decide what it is that you need to bring more joy to your life. Once the building is done, you can store it all safely.