A couple weeks ago, I wrote a blog outlining different ways to survive 2020 with at least some sanity in tact. (Because, let’s face it… with the way this year is going, I think holding on to all of our sanity is a little unrealistic.)
So I decided to take some of my own advice. I went on a hike. A real hike. Not a walk in the woods. (Pun… half-intended.) I’m talking steep uphill treks that leave your legs aching, logs that need to be climbed over, mud that squelches under your feet, and bugs that get in your eyes.
It doesn’t exactly sound like a glowing review, but don’t be fooled.
I loved it.
I also learned that the exercise I’ve been using as an emotional release needs to increase. (Seriously… I’m not that out of shape, but I was exhausted by the end of the hike.)
But I adored every second of being in nature, of not being able to hear anything but birds, of not crossing paths with another human being for over two hours. (Social distancing, anyone?)
It was just my brother and me, talking about anything and everything, stopping now and again to catch our breaths (okay, for me to catch my breath), and taking some time to appreciate the many small details of nature: an interesting flower or a particularly intricate spider web.
For two and a half hours, it felt as though we were the only people on the planet in the best possible way. If hiking is a possibility where you live, then consider it as an option to escape some of the crazy (even when there’s not a pandemic). Make sure you pack lots of water and snacks, and that you know a bit about the trail before embarking on your adventure.
Long pants are also a good idea. Check the weather to make sure it’s not too hot. If you’re a first timer, then definitely do some research. The hike I just described might be a bit too much challenge and not enough fun. But there are plenty of hikes that are relatively flat with wide paths and are less than a mile.
Like I said, research is your friend.
If hiking isn’t an option, then a walk around town or a local park can be just as relaxing.
Just make sure you bring a camera. You never know what miniature masterpiece–flowers with just the right pop of color, a tree spiraling upwards in the most abstract way, or maybe even some oddly poetic mushrooms–might just be waiting along the trail.
Copyright Sarah Davidson 2020