It is the time of year when most people are getting out as much as possible before winter shuts them in. Hiking is one of the best ways to do this. The fall foliage will be at its best and temperatures are far more accommodating. The fall foliage colors are like so many balls of yarn, and when the leaves start to fall and swirl it gives you that feeling that you need to snuggle closer to something warm.
You can get some really up close photographs when you are hiking and the view of a far away area is easier to see because the brush is a little bit thinner. The coloring of the whole forest is different and it is possible to watch animals scurrying around storing food for the winter. If you are quiet they will go on as if you are not there.
How Hiking Is?
Hiking gives you the hills, the valleys, the slippery pine needles and the huge rocks. Hiking reminds you that berries grow free and nuts grow on trees, not next door. I hope I made you smile and relax a little. That is how hiking is. For a little span of time you get to forget the office and anything going on in what we term the real world. But as you walk you remember, this, is the real world, then you stop worrying about the one you have created, and find it, much more manageable.
Hiking through the woods the twigs still crackle under your feet. The water in a stream still runs without disturbing the soil that it rolls across, and you still wonder like a child why this happens. Although now you have more of the scientific answers as to why a thing should and should not be, but that deep down part of you still ask,” Why?”
The Adventurous Spirit:
While hiking the adventurous spirit of a child rekindles itself. A flame deep inside of us all nourished by some and kept hidden away by others. When you are hiking the world can get quiet and you can hear your own thoughts. No traffic, no urgent rush to really get anywhere. To sit down where you decide for as long as you like is a disappearing luxury in our society. You look around and really see the grass and find you have forgotten the way the earth smells after it rains. You catch a glimpse of sunlight as the rays beam through the trees, an odor from some flower and you remember a point in time gone by.
Hiking brings the past, present and the future to you in each step. As you walk, the memories of long ago flood your mind and your senses. You are presently experiencing all of these things anew and hoping for another adventure with every step you take; continuously moving into the future with every stride. Hiking is a way to keep moving, physically and emotionally. While looking at nature you realize old trees are blooming as lovely and as full as the young ones. Nature does not let go until it is gone. So with every hiking step or look we must all do the same.