|Some time in the woods alone is what I needed to recharge a little today.|
There are times when you simply need time to yourself. Today was one of those days for me. I have been battling pneumonia and needed some wilderness prescription. Because of the pneumonia I wasn't going to be able to push myself so I picked a short trek along a trail I know well.
|This lookout has been a regular destination of mine for many years.|
The plan was to simply take a short snowshoe trek and then enjoy a cup of hot chocolate and a snack while enjoying the view from a rocky escarpment. I left my car and deliberately set a slow pace to test myself a little. I stopped frequently and let my senses expand and take in what I can. The moisture from the melting snow, the cracking of the tree branches as they adjust to changing temperatures and the flitting of the birds through the undergrowth.
|An old blow down made an ideal table and the snow shoes made a great seat.|
When I made my destination I set about packing down an area where I could sit and take in my surroundings. One misplaced step meant I was standing in snow up to my crotch and required that I work my way out of the hole. My hot chocolate tasted great and I loved the time I had to unwind. Quiet time like this has always been a way for me to recharge a little and I really needed it today.
|It doesn't get much better than this.|
|The twisted grain on this old pine caught my eye.|
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