An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.~Henry David Thoreau
I find inspiration and peace when hiking, especially in the spring after a long winter’s hibernation. The smell of the ferns coming to life, the sound of the birds calling as they soar above, and the feel of my muscles simultaneously rejoicing and complaining after being neglected for too long all grant me a sense of harmony and connection with the world around me. Even when I am hiking with friends, I find myself in deep, contemplative thought. I send a silent, “Thank you” up to the heavens in gratitude for nature’s beauty. Not a bad way to spend a day.