A strong urge to go for long walks in nature is new for me.  I just can’t get enough of the peaceful quiet, the fresh air laced with the scents of grass, honeysuckle, and wildflowers. Sometimes I listen to a podcast (On Being is my favorite) and sometimes I crave the quiet.  Today I craved the quiet.  I walked 3.5 miles on paths like this and on paths through the deep forest.  I like to walk and pray. Today it was prayers of gratitude for the beauty of earth & for love, prayers asking for wisdom and guidance, and prayers for the wellbeing of my family and friends.

This photo was taken on my walk at a breathtakingly beautiful arboretum just 1 mile from our home.  Amazingly, we’ve lived here 12 years and I just discovered this magical place 3 months ago!  I feel like the arboretum is my new best friend.


Kayaking down the river



Last weekend we did a 15 mile, 8-ish hours, kayak trip. The river we were on was very low so we had to paddle virtually the entire trip since there wasn’t a current to carry us.  The first 7 hours were fantastic. The eighth our was torture for all 3 of us (we each had our own kayak).  By the end of the trip we were beyond exhausted and determined to NEVER do this to ourselves again.  Three hours later, showered and eating a good dinner we were laughing and talking about the next trip.

It is much like any big project –sometimes, just before the end, it seems like it is just too hard and not worth the effort.  You want to give up.  But after the fact, you tend to forget the struggles.