Wildway Crew Stories: Joel Nystrom (Adventure)
Here at Wildway, we like to highlight people who "live wild". We call them our Wildway Crew, and we will be introducing them one-by-one every Tuesday. Today we will begin with our very first crew member - someone who truly embraces the outdoors and inspires us all.
Joel’s Wildway of Life = Finding that next great adventure
Joel’s Outlook = "The world is big and I want to have a good look at it before it gets dark." - John Muir
Meet Joel. His love of adventure started at a very young age and has carried through into his adulthood and even his career. Joel works for a nonprofit that protects land throughout Colorado, which means Joel gets to have adventures all across the state. For a living. If that’s not living wild, I don’t know what is.
Here is Joel’s story in his own words:
The search for adventure runs in my blood. My parents took me hiking before I was old enough to walk – I saw the North Rim of the Grand Canyon from a BabyBjorn and California Route 1 from a car seat. When I got older, the woods behind our house were home to all sorts of excursions. I learned that you don’t always have to travel far to have an adventure (but it does help!). When I wasn’t outside exploring, I would be reading The Call of the Wild or The Lord of the Rings and imagine being on an epic journey like those heroes in my books.
I love exploring and enjoying the natural world, but I also realize that we must be good stewards of the environment. To that end, I have built my career around conserving open spaces and biodiversity for future generations to explore too. I work for a nonprofit organization that protects areas of significant wildlife habitat, scenic views, and open lands all across Colorado. Part of my job involves traveling around the state to hike around some pretty amazing properties – I basically get paid to have adventures!
My Wildway of Life is finding that next great adventure. What gets me up in the morning is the promise of a new experience, whether it’s the exhilaration of shredding down a new mountain bike trail, the anticipation of exploring an unfamiliar city, or the revelations that come from a long walk in the woods.
I think we can all take notes from Joel on how to embrace nature, be respectful of Mother Earth, and harvest all that she has to offer.
Live Wild. Adventure Wild.
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