This Sunday is Father's Day, and you're probably wondering what to buy the man who wants for nothing and is definitely not going to tell you how he'd like to spend the day. Dads: one of life's greatest mysteries! We asked our friends over at Wilderness Magazine to give us some tips on how to spend some quality time with dad in his natural element: the great outdoors! Whether or not you're an adventure-seeker, exploring the wilderness is the good for you. Nothing says bonding like getting lost in the woods with dad.
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At Wilderness Magazine, the concept of Wilderness is more about character than about nature. The definition of the word "wilderness" is: an uncultivated, uninhabited, and inhospitable region; we use this as a metaphor for essentially everything. Wilderness is the place you're afraid to go, but should go.
Likewise, Father's Day is an opportunity to reconnect with your roots. Whatever this guy's story is he's existed since the beginning, so it's about time you get out into nature and do some quality bonding with dad. We put together a few of our favorite lower-fi adventures you can do with him on Father's Day that don't require too much prep.
Camp for a Day
You don't need a ten day expedition with trekking poles and crampons to be fulfilled. Find a place, bring a tent, a truck bed, or the ground, and stay for a night. You'd be surprised at how one day in wilderness can feel like three.
Campsites do get booked in advance, but know that there is often an "unreserved campsite" land around national forests or BLM regions. There's also just a lot of land out there in general, I'm not encouraging you to break the law (or am I?) but this land was once full of only nature, keep your eyes peeled.
Once you're out there, with no cell reception, you'll have only your disconnected selves to entertain. He's got at least 20 years of life on you, find out what he's thinking about.
Get Off The Beaten Path
Most people don't realize this, but you can travel across the entire US via backcountry fire roads. Some are less maintained than others, but that's kinda the point. Yes, mapping them out is smart, but there are so many that it's worth just exploring to find which ones dead end and which don't.
The grass isn't always greener and knowing what's in your own backyard is underrated. If you don't want to go across the entire US on Father's Day, these backcountry roads might just give you a proper view of your local territories.
Take a Hike!
Hiking is something you can do with virtually zero gear. It's like walking, but it hurts more. The reason I added this obvious one to the list is because we spend most of our time in cars or sitting inside man-made containers. Being out hiking, there are new scents you pick up, you actually contact nature rather than just fomo-stare at it via a window or your phone's pixels. That means endless time to get to know your old man.
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By: Justin Bauer, Wilderness Magazine Creative Director
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