A Walk through the Woods

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Wish this was my picture. Haven't taken a camera with me yet. Still, this is one of "my" parks.

Last winter I read Bill Bryson’s memoir of that name which detailed his time on the Appalachian Trail. Though I found it to be interesting, it was interesting in a I’d-never-do-that kind of way.

But this fall I decided to go on my own (much shorter) walk through the woods. And I loved it. While I spend any given walk thinking about how much longer I have to walk, when I’m in nature I’m pleasantly distracted by everything around me. I never thought I’d be the type to love outdoors. My favorite hobby has always been to plop myself down on the couch with a good book.

I don’t know that I’ll ever be the hike-in-the-backwoods type, but my few hikes this fall have me wanting more. I’ve decided to hike at least once a month. I look forward to seeing the seasons change.

There’s a good number of local trails to try. While a few are a bit hilly for my tastes (I’m a Kansas girl at heart), there’s always a chance the hills will grow on me too.

Photo by martij

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