This weekend I traveled to Connecticut (where I grew up) to see my family and attend a baby shower!
I really wish it was pouring rain all weekend. It was very difficult for me to head to a mainly flat state when the weather was perfect for skiing and/or hiking. We just got hit with two huge storms and this weekend was perfect for getting out there. Instead I had to deal with real life and commitments. I love my family and would do anything for them, but leaving my home to go south made me feel quite sad. I was pretty moody all weekend, but decided to make the best of it.
I had about an hour this morning to hike in the state forest located four minutes down the road from where I grew up. So my mom and I set off for a short 1.5 mile loop hike around a reservoir. It was obviously flat and surprisingly icy to the point where I threw on some light traction.
It was a chilly 20 degrees with a brisk wind at our backs. I dressed heavier for this one than any of my white mountain hikes because I knew I wouldn’t break a sweat. Our hands and toes froze but we were elated to be outside.
A little background on my mom. She is badass. The woman runs five miles every single day. On her lunch breaks twice a week she practices yoga. Then in the warmer months she bikes ten miles on top of that everyday. We are very much cut from the same cloth. I go into nature for therapy, she exercises for her therapy. We both have unconventional ways of dealing with stress and making ourselves happy.
This simple stroll through the woods brought me back to the reason I started this project. I want to inspire others to get outside and find their happiness in nature as I have. This hike gave me energy and made me smile. It is the type of hike anyone can handle. Moral of the story, wherever you are, whoever you are… Get outside, enjoy being surrounded by beauty. It is emotionally healing. You don’t have to climb the tallest peaks to enjoy being outside. Do what you can do, be satisfied with your best. Pushing ourselves is always good, but sometimes the best things in life are the simple pleasures of being outdoors. My mom liked this hike so much that she will join me in climbing North Twin Mountain next weekend and the Hancock loop the weekend after. I have a feeling she will be a great hiking partner.