“Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.”

—John Muir, 18th Century Scottish-American naturalist, author, environmental philosopher

Wendy, Ella, Barry, and Weston

For most of my life, my family has spent at least one week in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. It’s a place I experienced as an infant and camper — each summer until I was eleven — when the camp was purchased by a development company.

This year our daughter Rachel and her two children — Weston and Ella — came along.

Our week included plenty of swimming, walks, playground adventures and even a snake and animal farm.

Sharing the star-filled skies, hearing crickets chirping, and the sounds and smells of fresh air after a rainstorm are some of my happiest moments.


Where and when have you traveled dirt paths in your life?

Where and how can you bring even more of the natural world into your life?

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  1. Hi Barry. I miss not seeing you anymore at the gym but receiving the daily quotes makes me feel like we are still in touch a little. Today’s quote is my favorite and I love the picture of you and your wife and your grandkids. It shows how much you really make every day count and love those adorable grandchildren! I haven’t been camping in many years but may plan a trip soon:)
    Thanks for the daily inspiration!!!

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