We have a place we like to go to every year to camp. The trail head is only minutes from our house, and the hike in is about 3.5 miles, though all uphill. We have a place off the main trail at the junction of two seasonal creeks (Spring). It is quiet, out of the way, and is not frequented much. We try to get up there once a year in the late Spring or early summer, when the water is still running. It is heavily wooded and very peaceful. It is a nice, quick getaway.
When the boys are running around playing in the water, I like to lie on my back and gaze up at the sky through the trees. Good therapy.
Even getting out for just one night and part of a day, is often enough to relax and recharge the batteries. I need the outdoors, the wilderness, wild places.
Wallace Stegner said it best, “In wildness is the preservation of the world.”
And a quote I love from John Muir, “Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.”
And finally a favorite quote from Edward Abbey, “Concrete is heavy, iron is hard–but the grass will prevail.”