An Ode to Every Woman Who’s Ever Been Called Outdoorsy

An Ode to Every Woman Who’s Ever Been Called Outdoorsy

Words & Photos by Madison Perrins

You, a natural resource.

You who feels like the best version of herself at sunset when the air is crackling and the dirt’s between your toes.

You who as the sun’s rising, promises to be quiet and let the dawn share its secret with the day on its own.

You who, at high noon, have almost-but-not-quite dared the sun to burn your skin, imagining the cracked patina leather it would someday become: signs of a life outside. But you know better than to dare the sun anything.

Madison Perrins sun flare

You who have pulled on crusty socks unceremoniously and brushed off those who notice.

You, who know that all the bruises and scrapes from scrambling and rambling are the best because they remind you of being alive. Someone may even point it out: “How’d ya do that?” And you shrug your shoulders, because you honestly don’t know.

You who have shed tears on the trail without really knowing why.

You who look at the mountains and think they must know everything about you, and you who look at the sea and are sure that it doesn’t care about you at all.

You who have surprised yourself by falling behind the group, and you who have surprised yourself by charging ahead. The trail is the same, but each time, you’re the one who’s different.

Madison Perrins beach hikers

You who have surprised yourself by falling behind the group, and you who have surprised yourself by charging ahead. The trail is the same, but each time, you’re the one who’s different.

Madison Perrins crater lake

You who, however gracefully, made it. Sometimes it’s ugly, and sometimes you move across the water or rock and have never felt lighter.

You who smiles as someone tries to understand why you have to be barefoot at least some portion of the year, or come in with rosy cheeks and wild hair and dirt clinging in clumps to, well, anywhere it can get. And you who don’t really need them to understand anyways.

You who have found your remedy—you lucky girl. It takes some years to know about the cure-all of dried sweat and moon-stains.

You, a natural resource, supplied by nature, and made up of it, too. I am proud of you.

Madison Perrins is a Montana-based photographer and consistent contributor to She Explores. Find more of her work in her portfolio and on Instagram.

  1. Kathleen Benvenuto says:

    This is beautiful that i’m sitting at my desk with tears. Thank you!

  2. Suzanne Bonilla says:

    Guess I could be considered to be outdoorsy. I camped with my kids, became a technical rock and ice climber and cross country skier in my 40s and a downhill skier in my 50s.

  3. Martina Rose Keil says:

    Thank you.

  4. Retha Russell Martin says:

    Love it, it’s me all over.

  5. Jody Grombach says:

    Describes me to a T. Lovely.

  6. Marsha H Donahue says:

    Beautifully written. I have posted it everywhere for my friends to read. Thank you.

  7. Bridget Becvar Herbig says:

    This is so beautiful.

  8. Sarah says:

    This makes my heart feel so full. Thank you Madison for the beautiful words.

  9. Arleen says:

    This post resonates with me and I have posted it for my friends. Thank you for your beautiful being and your thoughtful descriptive words of love for nature and what it brings us.

  10. Pack Your Baguios says:

    I love this!

  11. Irina Georgescu says:

    I love love love this!

  12. Sarah says:

    Smiling so much after reading this!

  13. Linda Taylor says:

    Nice!!!

  14. Katie Friedman says:

    This gives me life and fills me with joy

  15. Cynthia M says:

    Yes! This is me! Thank you for the post, it brought tears!

  16. Carbon Elevation says:

    “all the bruises and the scrapes”… the story of my life. My scars are my tattoos of life! I completed the Spartan race last weekend and it looks like I have been run over by something really heave.

    Carbon Elevation

  17. Anne Prost says:

    Lovely persistence outdoors

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  19. Perkūnas Core says:

    🙂 🙂 walking that path was not about seeking, but the joy of feeling the goosebumps while recognizing real beauty 🙂 🙂

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