posted on Aug, 22 2009 @ 09:35 PM
We truly live in a beautiful world.
My husband and I decided this morning take a nature hike. We started just down the road from where we live. For nearly 5 hours we hiked through the
woods, crossed running streams and creeks, climbed bluffs, slid down slopes on our rumps, and sat on a small sandy beach. I saw wild flowers of every
shape and size and color. Red ones, yellow ones, various shades of purple and pink ones. Foiliage on the forest floor that I had never seen or rather
noticed before. The air would vary from sweet from the flowers and honeysuckle to musty and dank in the thickly wooded areas where the sun could not
penetrate the thick canopy of oak, sycamore, maple and various other trees. The pungent odor of rotting logs and at one point I got a powerful whiff
of something that strongly resembled cucumber. The gentle sound of the water in the stream rolling over logs and sticks that had fallen into the
water...what a soothing sound. I couldn't help at one point but to think that our ancestors at one point would have had no second thoughts about
bending down and taking a drink of the spring fed water that I was standing and gazing at.
We saw much sign of animal life. Deer tracks, turkey, squirrel and raccoon. We saw turtles and snakes and frogs. Of course I have to mention the
many different bird calls and songs that we heard. In this world of doze it down and build something, I highly recommend stepping out your front door
and exploring the life and world that exsists right in your own back yard. If you live in the city, take a ride to the country. We got permission from
the landowner to walk, and most people will let you if you ask and tell them that you just want to explore nature. I carry a backpack and water, and
we leave nothing behind. Who knows how much longer the woods that we have will last. It is almost a spiritual experience to be in the woods and see
all the beauty that is there that so often goes unnoticed!!