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Into The Woods

IMG_0221“We need the tonic of wildness…At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature.”

Henry David Thoreau, Walden: Or, Life in the Woods

 

 

I am so lucky to be living my life right now so unencumbered. The past four months as I have been drunk in love with summer I have spent every possible waking moment outside. Breathing in the glorious freedom I cherish and living everyday with adventure and purpose.IMG_0224

 

I am counting the days until my husband is by my side for my daily worship of nature.

 

I spend a large portion of everyday engaged in some outdoor activity whether it be reading, gardening, paddling, cycling, running, sleeping or hiking. We eat outdoors, I work on my laptop outdoors, and I drink my coffee outdoors.

 

I love being outside.

 

This summer I have had the opportunity to do more hiking than in past IMG_0220summers. I’ve hiked with a friend from high school who I have just recently become reacquainted with. I’ve also hiked alone and this past weekend my husband convinced me to go on an overnight hike.

 

I was only hesitant because of the sleeping on the ground part of this excursion. But it’s not an adequate excuse any longer, given I spent five nights sleeping on the ground during my recent 425 mile cross state bike ride. So, always up for a challenge, I agreed.

 

We decided to go mid-week in hopes of missing any potential crowds. Not only did we miss the crowds, we didn’t see any other campers. We were IMG_0242out in the woods, just the two of us. It was awesome. Peaceful. Beautiful.

 

We hiked 4.5 miles to the lower Skokomish River and set up camp right along the river on a sandbar. We spent the evening reading and listening to nothing but the sounds of nature; river, wind, birds.

 

I actually slept better than I expected and the morning brought delicious hot camp coffee. Nothing tastes better than morning coffee when you are camping.

 

Wishing we could stay another day, we packed up and hiked back to our IMG_0264car. As we walked we talked about all the plans we have for the future. We talked about our kids. We commented on interesting things we saw from frogs to fungi. And we walked in silence.

 

There is really something special about being in the woods. The solitude is music to the soul. Mother Nature is our teacher, confidant and guide. We are all children in the woods.

 

I can’t wait to go back

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