There is no shortage on the Fourth of people waxing poetic about why they love our country, and almost all of it is sound, justified reasoning for being grateful to have been born here.
But as I sit beneath the stars I can’t help but think that despite the cities and suburbs that have sprung up from coast to coast, we still live in a nation where a few bucks and a tent will put you in the remote heart of absolute beauty.
Its sheer breathtaking beauty and the ease of access almost every American has to that resource is what I cherish most about being born here.
We are only ever a short vacation, a few dollars and some camping equipment away from feeling like we’ve discovered a new place for the first time. And when you’re surrounded by something so beautiful it’s almost impossible to be anything but grateful.
We live in a wild, gorgeous and protected land and all of its natural beauty is made available to us. Outdoorsmen especially appreciate this truth, and I’m grateful for it today more than ever. So get out there and immerse yourself in it.