“Hike tomorrow?” The single text came across my phone screen.
“Time and place?” I replied.
“You tell me, and I’ll be there.” Yes!
Among outdoor lovers, that’s all the communication that’s necessary. Especially when they are family. October was particularly wet this year, and the next day’s forecast promised sunny blue skies. It was time to seize the opportunity.
My sister-in-law loves the outdoors as much as I do. We have always relished the woods, the trails, the peace of wild things. No retail therapy for us–it’s the outdoors that soothes our souls and calms our hurried lives. We met at our favorite county park and hit the trail.
I convinced my husband to abandon the Sunday afternoon football game and join his sister and me on the one lovely Saturday in October. As you can see, the sun was shining brightly and a golden carpet of leaves covered the trail.
I usually don’t take photos of pavement, but the tunnel effect of the light and trees over the park road was too good to pass up.
One more for good measure: See the siblings at the top of the rise? Lucky me to have such an extended family!
Ironically, I am teaching the Transcendentalist right now in American Literature. I am reminded of Emerson’s words: “In the woods we return to reason and faith.” I couldn’t agree with you more, Emerson.
Text someone soon: “Walk with me today?” Take advantage of every opportunity to be in the woods!