What can the Nature Effect do for you? Join us on Heather and Josh’s journey as they share their experience with the outdoors and how it has an impact in their business and life today.
Josh and Heather are the hosts of The First 40 Miles, a weekly hiking and backpacking podcast. Their family has enjoyed living in some of the most beautiful regions the United States, from the Cascades to the Adirondacks to the Rocky Mountains. Heather and Josh live in Oregon with their four wonderful children.
Nature Quote / Mantra
What a joy it is to feel the soft springy earth under my feet once more, to follow grassy roads that lead to ferny brooks where I can bathe my fingers in a cataract of ripely notes, or to clammer over a stone wall into green fields that tumble and roll and climb in riotous gladness. – Helen Keller
And if these mountains had eyes, they would wake to find two strangers in their fences. Standing in admiration as a breathing red pours its tinge on earths shore. These mountains which have seen untold sunrises, long to thunder praise but stand reverent, silent so that mans weak praise should be given God’s attention – Donald Miller
The summer Josh turned 12, he joined the Boy Scouts. This happened right before the troop had planned a 30 mile backpacking trip to the Glacier Peak Wilderness in Washington. He had his 18 frame roll Kodak camera capturing the beauty he saw. Toward the end of the hike, Josh began hyperventilating. The other Scouts noticed and knew what to do to help slow down his breathing.
Heather’s mom was a ‘waterfall collector’ and they went on adventures in search of waterfalls when she was growing up. Heather says she was a whiney child and was not a happy camper on these hikes. As she got older though, she’s returned back to these hikes and now hikes and does other outdoor activities with their children.
They attend an annual backpacking trip with a group and in 2015 planned a trip to the Wallowas in Northeast Oregon. They researched, prepared and were excited about the trip, but were concerned about the wildfires and near the site they were headed. As the trip approached Then the weather report said there was going to be several inches of snow. The group decided to go to the Redwoods in Northern California where it rained most of the time.
Before heading home with an extra day to kill, they pulled out their backpacking trails book and found a write up about the Rogue River in Southwest Oregon. This sounded like the perfect hike to take. They share how it was like taking a trip back in time as they passed old buildings, homes and roads as they drove to the trail head. The hike through the rugged canyon was filled with wildlife and the sound of a roaring river. The campsite was the most perfect one they had ever seen. It was a simple trip, but had all the right elements.
Although Heather is content staying at home and reading a good book or experimenting in the kitchen, she has discovered that she experiences, either on the trail or immediately afterward, this surge of creativity. She says it helps her to experience life new again.
Heather didn’t really enjoy camping, but in 2009 they were preparing for a family camping trip to Yellowstone. She knew there were some things she had to figure out to enjoy it. She wanted her family to have fun and she had to figure out what would work for her. Prior to their trip, they took small trips where she could pin point what needed to work for her.
Eventually she discovered she was craving more than just a standard camping trip. Josh told her that to really experience getting away she needed to ‘hike in’ a few miles. In 2014 Josh was preparing for a Mount Hood trip with some friends. He shared with Heather the research he was learning in preparation for the trip, which she didn’t realize the impact his research was having on her as well.
While attending a wedding reception, their friend who had planned the trip asked Heather if she wanted to go with only a week left. As surprised as they both were, this was the beginning of their journey hiking together and creating the podcast.
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