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On Dirt And Ducks

Runner On a Trail by Lake Stanley

“Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.” Good ‘ol John Muir had some beautiful words to say about the getting outside. It’s undeniable that there is a connection to be made with something larger than ourselves in the outdoors. When every day you’re bombarded by people-made things; cars, roads, buildings, manufactured parks, offices, technology, even your own home; it’s easy to forget that we’re actually part of nature. It’s easy to forget that the whole planet is nature, and we just lay a thin film of man-made stuff on top of it. A good trail run on some dirt is often all it takes to wash away that film to see the world around us more clearly. And yes, that’s a duck between my knees.

Steve Lemig

Steve Lemig is the founder of Wilderdad. He's been a lot of things over the years. Skateboarder. Mountain biker. Climber. Snowboarder. Bike mechanic. Forest firefighter. Woodworker. Creative director. These days he's a runner, writer, husband, and father. He writes stories to empower dads and encourage them to share outdoor adventures with their kids as a tool to strengthen families and build respect for the environment. He has also been the Managing Editor at Road Runner Sports for the last 11 years.