Usually when I head into the woods I am following my little man as he explores and discovers the magical world around him. This weekend though I had the wonderful opportunity to take a little hike alone, yes, just me and it was amazing.
I have forgotten what it was like to venture out and explore by myself. I do trail run, so I hit the woods regularly for that, but it is not the same. When I run, there is a purpose, to exercise, to train, but when I explore the purpose is different. It is time for me to get lost, to connect and to just be in nature. I can’t tell you how much I appreciated this time.
We were blessed with an amazing long weekend of weather and Sunday afternoon found a few hours of down time. With Justin and Reece playing quietly, I snuck off to the woods, with camera and water.
Not only did I enjoy a lovely hike on the advanced trail (I don't usually take Reece on this trail, there are some pretty steep hills), I was also blessed to find the most wonderful sit spot. If you have been following along with my reading over the last few months, I have been reading the Coyote's Guide to Connecting with Nature. It involves, among other things, thirteen core principles of nature connection. One of these is called "Sit Spot". Sit spot is a place in nature that you are to visit daily to just be...be still, be quiet, be one with nature. It is a chance to connect on a deeper level with nature. I have a sit spot at home in our backyard, but I wanted to find one away from home that I could get to a few times a week and on Sunday I found it. It is a quiet spot, off the trail with views which take my breath away. The trees are near by which means the birds sang me a song or two as I sat quietly and took it all in. My hope is to get to this spot at least twice a week. I want to experience it at sunrise soon, I imagine it will be amazing.
So, let me take you along with me on my time in the woods:
|Beautiful way to start my hike|
|Bits of last summer hanging around|
|I love these|
|Never seen this before on this trail, anyone know what it is?|
|That is Lake Ontario in the distance|
|More gorgeous views|
|Just to prove it was really me out there :)|
|This is a really beautiful hike|
|Thanks for the warning :)|
|Such a beautiful weed|
|The last of the trilliums|
|Dead birch tree, isn't the bark amazing!|
|Beauty leftover from last summer|
|A little self portrait|
|Enjoying the views|
Hope you enjoyed the hike.