“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
We often forget that there is a tougher side to summer, one with a spirit of adventure that provides as much, if not more of a vacation for the body and mind than leisure pursuits. Instead of the beach, head to the mountains, or the fields, or best case scenario, the forests of Yellowstone, our nation’s greatest National Park. For an east coast option, head north to Acadia National Park, Maine and watch the sunrise from Cadillac Mountain, and hear the ocean crack at Thunder Rock. If you make the trek, pack accordingly. The Wabasha Chukka boots from Red Wing are versatile and sturdy, made of distressed leather and canvas that will form over time to your feet. $260, available at J.Crew. Filson’s Tin Cloth canvas duffle has a military toughness. $148, available at Filson. Barbour’s Sapper jacket is a sharp army-style outerwear coat that is lightweight and can be stashed away easily. $399, available at Orvis. And most importantly, a faded copy of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s “Essays & Poems.” $6, available at Barnes & Noble. A week, or even a few days out of earshot begs the question, why do we return?