It’s a pity that the longest day of the year is also usually one of the hottest. I spent my work day worshiping the central air but ultimately decided to brave the elements and enjoy an early evening hike.
John Muir said “And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul.”
It was that kind of day.
I donned my best sun hat and headed to my closest trail for a four mile trek along a mostly shaded path. I walked alone but was never lonely as I was in the company of dragonflies, squirrels and birds.
It was somewhere along this trail that I managed to shut off the work day and allow my mind to wander to my surroundings. Sometimes I wonder if I didn’t miss my calling. I once had a chance to be a park ranger but passed on the opportunity in favor of clinging to the known and comfortable.
Maybe that was a mistake. Then again, maybe not. That’s one of those questions that cannot be answered but I trust that things have worked out for the best.
Here’s another question that cannot be answered. Do we think fairies live in this tree? I’m leaning toward yes!
Whether or not I chose the right career path is irrelevant. The good news is I can still enjoy an evening on a different kind of path and marvel in the freedom of feet on the trail and head in the clouds.
Isn’t that one of the things that make life great?
Looks like a lovely way to spend a hot day. And yes – fairies definitely live in that tree!
That tree really made my day!
So great that you were able to be out in the heat yesterday but find a good way to stay reasonably cool. You surely picked a lovely place to do it.
It’s my go-to spot when I just want to log a few miles close to home. Would you believe me if I said there are trails that go through places far more beautiful? This trail is kind of plain compared to others…: 😉
If you’d become a ranger, the hike would be work, probably distracting you from the beauty, and then what would you do in your off time?😄
I have wondered about that. Although, most Ohio park rangers don’t hike so much as they patrol, write tickets, rescue injured hikers, and simply show their presence. You never see them on a hiking trail unless they are naturalists.