I’m an employee and promoter of outdoor retail

Yo—

Outdoor retail is an interesting industry. There is an intense amount of time and energy put into making and selling products and services that work for anyone that’s even remotely interested in enjoying their time outside.

Built up of major brands and outdoor giants (Patagonia, The North Face, and Columbia being a few), the industry has been building in popularity since the 1970’s. In 1977 another company was born: Idaho Mountain Trading. Starting off small, the business’s inception in small town Idaho Falls offered a new kind of shop to the more rural farming community. Fields full of crops like, yes, potatoes, surrounded Idaho Falls (and still do). But, built around the mighty Snake River, Idaho Falls is also surrounded by sections of the Rocky Mountains. Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park are located less than two hours away.

For such a wonderful location located close to breathtaking places, Idaho Mountain Trading has serviced thousands of skis and bikes over the years, and helped to outfit hundreds of local experienced mountaineers, Boy Scout troops, families and more. Many Idahoans have benefited from the Idaho Falls Mountain Sport Shop.

So I support them and their efforts to keep things local.

And if there are other local companies and businesses I’m a fan of, I’ll promote them, too.

#shopsmall

Philosophies and Stuff

BSA Outdoor Code & Leave No Trace Principles

This is a code I think more people should know and live by. If you plan to be outside—EVER—then this applies to you.

As an American, I will do my best to - Be clean in my outdoor manners, Be careful with fire, Be considerate in the outdoors, and Be conservation minded.

Further, for outdoor manners and tips, the 7 principles of Leave No Trace

-Plan Ahead and Prepare
-Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
-Dispose of Waste Properly
-Leave What You Find
-Minimize Campfire Impacts
-Respect Wildlife
-Be Considerate of Other Visitors

The feels about the earths revolution into brisk air and apple cider—

Or, some thoughts about progression.

We live in a world of seasons; winter, spring, summer, fall....

Elementary school, high school, adolescence, manhood, womanhood, childhood, adulthood—

This job, that job. One day you’ve never seen Fight Club, the next day you’re musing about your own Tyler Durdan.

The point I’m trying to make in my millennial writing medium is that as the season changes and our Instagram feeds move from pictures of beaches to pictures of cabins, it’s a great time to re-evaluate what kind of personal transitions we’re making. It can seem so often that our individual lives bog down in the ruts of pop culture and new Netflix releases and actual multi-generational problems like all the month left over at the end of the money.

I sound awfully similar to many of the other people on the internet trying to blog about “good vibes,” and obviously that’s my general intent. (I actually prefer the term “general wellness” more than “good vibes”, but then again I 𝘥𝘰𝘯'𝘵 have TikTok.) But I love, love, 𝐋𝐎𝐕𝐄 the idea of progress. As the world transitions into another beautiful season, why not try actively transitioning into the better you?

Pumpkin spice lattes come once a year—you can change every day. If you don’t push forward, you go backwards.

Yep.

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