By Shain Gillet
Clipper Staff Writer
In a technological world that changes almost as fast as a NASCAR racing car can make four left turns, the outside world is seemingly getting smaller and smaller.
Thanks to a pair of South Weber teenagers, the great outdoors is being brought back into the world we live in, despite the constant need for information to be available right at our fingertips.
Last week I wrote a column that outlined some of the great outdoors items I’d like to explore, and how the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market was able to ignite the spark of curiosity I’d like to have back before it’s too late.
On Thursday, the Summer Market continued with a fly fishing demonstration led by Orvis Company, which invited twin brothers Jace and A.J. Garcia to come along to showcase some of the items that could be available to the public market.
That’s when one story turned into two.
As I met with, and talked to, the Garcia’s and their father, Alex, it became clear to me that getting back to the outdoors could be the most important thing people can do right now.
The twins are attempting to spark an idea that is so old now that it seems like a new idea today: to get back to the great outdoors.
The message has been a small success, according to their father Alex. The idea of putting down the video game controller and turning off the cell phone has seen as many as 50 teens and other adults attend the twin’s first pair of “how-to” clinics, and they’re only looking for more opportunities to expand on their “revolutionary” idea.
It can only get better from there, as the pair said they have at least one sponsor and are looking to get more as their success continues to grow.
As of this writing, the brothers have said they are also looking to expand their teaching horizons to include skeet shooting, and some gun ranges in their area have shown interest in being a part of it all.
Which, for them, can only mean they are doing something right.
The best part of all comes when you read how old they are and how old they were when the idea started. Currently 15, Alex said the idea was sparked when they were 12 going on 13.
When I was 12 going on 13, I was just hoping to get through middle school. The Internet as we know it today didn’t exist, so going outside to play wasn’t hard to do.
Although video games were still at a young age in the early 1990’s, it didn’t have as much of an affect on me as it does today, and thanks to having an active son, going outside to play is starting to become more frequent.
But when I think about the technological world we could be living in by the time he becomes a teenager, I fear that maybe he will become the introvert I was.
Thanks to these two teenagers and their idea, I now know that even if technology keeps moving forward, the outside world will still be available for all to see.
It’s an opportunity that should be taken advantage of, before it might become too late.