Today, I went to Silver Falls State Park for the second time in 3 weeks. It wasn’t as much a need to get out of the city as it was the last time, rather I wanted to see how full the south falls were after having gained more than 5.5 inches of rain in the tributary or tributaries that feed the creek that makes up the south falls since I had last been there.
I had prepared for and planned on doing a little hiking while I was there. Not much since it has been a while since I last went for a hike. I had hiked down to the bridge and then back up before heading back to the city.
I miss the days of going hiking as often as I did. Life has been so busy and I have been without a hiking buddy for a while.
Today I definitely felt the effects of not having been hiking for a while. That is definitely something I want to work on, getting into shape. By getting into shape I don’t mean getting skinny or being focused on what my body looks like compared to anyone else’s, or what the numbers on the scale say or what size I wear, rather how far I can hike, and having the endurance and stamina to take on longer and more challenging hikes.
Being outdoors, like at the beach or in the woods, on top of a mountain or a hill, that is where I feel the most alive, free and myself. Don’t get me wrong, I love a relaxing day at home with a good book or a lazy movie day, but being stuck inside at a computer day in, day out is not for me. I am still trying to figure out how to make a living while getting away from the rat race that is corporate America.
There are several things in life that I am passionate about, which include: not being in the city (aka small town living), Adventures in the great outdoors, homemaking (who doesn’t enjoy coming home from an adventure and being able to shower, do some laundry and have food there to whip up a meal after an amazing adventure?), knitting (having hand knit hats, scarves, socks, and fingerless gloves make hiking and being outdoors in the cooler months much more enjoyable), and a good book (my favorite way to wind down at the end of the day).