I just got around to downloading the pics I snapped during Mr. Enthusiasm’s birthday hike at Cold Creek Trail. And, I’m every bit as blown away re-living this hike through the photos as I was while traipsing through this magical place.
Experiences 1, Stuff 0.
Suck it, stuff.
The weather was unseasonably warm that day, but the evergreens created a cool and shady canopy overhead.
Much of the trail takes you through heavily forested terrain. But then it opens up to a wide open field where the trail alternates between grass, muck and a few rickety wooden “bridges”, like this one.
The trail then leads to a small but pretty pond.
And with the veil of evergreen lifted, the sun returned with a vengeance.
At first I thought the sun had ruined this picture. Now I think it’s just beautiful the way it is – exactly as I experienced it, sun glare and all.
The sense of calm I felt looking over this pond is a feeling I normally only experience when summiting a mountain. Turns out mountains are optional (although I do miss them terribly…)
If I had to describe the feeling…
Peace. Happiness. Hope.
And then I saw this, a simple barn in the middle of a field. And it almost brought me to tears.
The beauty of simplicity seems to be hitting me randomly, and often, these days. I think the universe is sending me a message.
It really is the little things.
And back into the woods we went.
I wish I could convince people who shy away from exercise to just try hiking. The beauty of hiking is that it works for all fitness levels. Pick a flatter, shorter trail if you’re still working on improving your health. You can gradually add elevation or trickier terrain. Or not. That’s the beauty of it.
Hike to get active. Hike to get healthy. Hike to nurture your soul.
I’m a sucker for nature’s art.
I love the juxtaposition of the living moss on the dead tree trunk.
I didn’t want this hike to end.
But all good things must come to an end. And Lionel was waiting for us, after all.