Words cannot describe the uncertainty in our lives today. As I write this, I am planning to drive my son Jack to Boston College Wednesday morning to commence his Freshman year. Whether classes and student life continue on campus has yet to be seen; but however things evolve- the excitement and hope of this seminal life experience will indelibly permeate my family’s soul

One of the ways I have been able to maintain a sense of calm while spending so many days in the city this year working for clients- navigating the ever changing landscape of transportation, health protocols, and the rhythm of quotidian urban life- is that I have given myself- and my family- time to renew, rehabilitate, and refresh in the Great Outdoors. Growing up in Los Angeles, this is not consistent with my background- at all. I am learning that through the guidance of such outdoor adventurists as Micah Mortali, and Tom Shelstad- the outside world is a welcoming place- filled with the magic of the unknown.

Whether you plan a trip to a destination such as Oregon as I did earlier this summer- or drive three hours to the Berkshires– or your local mountain range, desert, lake or river; one way we are able to escape the deluge of news/media/24/7 updates is to step into nature. More than a picnic in the park, or a day at the beach- give yourself the gift of an overnight adventure in a new place out of sight of stores, crowds and TikTok.  GET LOST.

My first stop on my outdoor journey was delving into author Micah Mortali’s book Re-Wilding.

Having met Micah at one of my visits to Kripalu Retreat Center on one of his infamous silent hikes, I was prompted to reach out to him after reading his beautiful work about the need for humans to detox from tech and (re)connect with our wild selves.  In one week’s time- I will be meeting Micah for the third time this summer for a 3 day Berkshire immersion in archery, backpacking, and earth shelter building.

Anthony's Nose

Just north of the City in Putnam County you’ll find a trail called Anthony’s Nose, which has recently reopened. They describe is as a “relatively short hike to an awesome Hudson River overlook,” that takes about 2.5 hour round-trip. It’s a moderately steep, short climb (6/10 difficulty) that will bring you to an overlook of the Bear Mountain Bridge.  As a novice hiker- I found this to be a very comfortable challenge suitable for those without any technical skills and the outlook at the peak is a perfect spot for a picnic.Close to Anthony’s Nose in Garrison, NY you’ll also find a place called Graymoor along the Appalachian Trail- a sanctuary run by the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement, with picturesque grounds open for the public and people of all faiths to enjoy. Stop for a picnic here and take in sweeping views all around. There are trails all over and easy access to parking.

Tom Shelstad/Inner Guide Expeditions

For our West Coast hiking/backpacking adventure in Bend, OR, I turned to veteran guide Tom Shelstad co-founder of Inner Guide Expeditions.

With a lifetime of experience climbing, sailing, and exploring, Tom was the ideal pro to guide us on the adventure of our lifetime. He creates bespoke adventures in his own backyard- the pristine majestic beauty of Oregon, and around the world- with a particular expertise in bringing young adults on vision quests. I will never forget our campsite meal 6K up in the Sister Mountains in the company of sky-high pines and a crystal clear ice cold lake.

For the first 5 people who respond to this email, I’ll send you a copy of “Rewilding”.

As always, I remain available for any of your real estate related questions and needs. The fall market is here- we are busy 7 days a week (hence the need for some wilding) and am I grateful for your business and your referrals.

May you find your own adventure. Godspeed.

~ Mike

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