In the beginning of Tolkien’s classic work, “The Hobbit,” Gandalf makes the following statement to a young Bilbo Baggins: “The world is not in your maps and books, it’s out there!” The statement is made in the middle of Gandalf’s argument that Bilbo needs to break out of his quiet, sedentary life in his comfortable Hobbit Hole at Bag End for an adventure every once in a while. To that, I say amen!
This climate-controlled, fossil-fuel-driven society we have created for ourselves leaves little room for rambles in the wilderness, and we are the worse for it. At North Georgia Mountain Outfitters, we are committed to encouraging and equipping folks to get off the couch and out into the natural world for their own adventures. Our family has made this a practice for decades, and I would argue that our health, perspective, attitudes, and general outlook on life are the better for it.
If Gandalf were to bring his message to most households today, it might sound something like this: “The world is not in your phone, your computer, or your big screen, it’s out there!” Why not unplug once in a while? Forget virtual reality, experience actual reality. Humanity has gotten along just fine for a few millennia without constant passive entertainment. Perhaps you could do without it for an afternoon, a weekend, or, God forbid, even longer. You’ll never know until you try.
If you decide to take the plunge, come by and let’s talk it over. We hope to see you soon!