Recognizing a major need for escape from daily demands and stressors, late last spring MSH booked me on a flight for that very day to visit a cousin in Colorado. Not sure how he pulled that off, but he did. Six hours later I found myself climbing into my cousin’s vehicle and sleeping on her pullout bed. What followed was a week of rest, meandering hikes, talking, eating, Scrabble and emotional healing. I returned home a new person, ready once again to face the world. Here are a few select photos from that week.
This is a representative segment of one of the many lovely trails I enjoyed wandering. Shady, tree filled, solitary. Perfect for introspection, ideal for letting nature work her magic.
Seldom did I cross paths with other humans. I did meet up with a pair of deer that treated me like a friend. They actually didn’t run off when I approached. We had a nice conversation for a while as I took pictures of them. Their eyes have a look in them I haven’t yet been able to describe. My friend here stood still and posed for me five feet away from where I stood. No need to zoom in.
A small pond I came across in a restoration area caught my eye. The light and reflections were fun to watch. The sense of calm the scene invoked was very welcome.
Here’s another view of a lake I wrote about in an earlier post. Must have been something about the elevation that made me feel emotionally lighter. The heavy load I’d been hauling around for months dissipated on this hike.
Thanks for sharing my take on a taste of Colorado. Makes me want to go back for autumn, although I may have missed the colors changing by now. These photos also remind me that I need that daily dose of nature in my life. Being out-of-doors, my hands in the soil, my head in the clouds, surrounded by living plants, being part of the sights and sounds of the natural world, can make the difference between wellness and illness, joy and sorrow.
That connection to the real world grounds me, makes me whole and gives me energy. Here’s hoping you have such joys in your days.
“MSH”? My sweet husband? I love that. Thanks for sharing today. I love that we have the appreciation and awe for nature. I think mom and dad both taught us well in that regards.