”I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.” ~ Henry David Thoreau
On those winter days when the sun peaks through the clouds, warming the earth from the chill in the air, there’s nothing better than being outside. To explore all of nature’s bounty, to feel the cool air touching our skin, to listen to the wind whistling through the trees, to see wildlife alive and full of joy despite the cooler air, and just to experience all the beauty around us, gives us this opportunity to profoundly connect with nature. Being outside is everything on these days. I’ve always had this deep connection with nature, and on days like this, my favorite place to be is on a trail, whether running, hiking, or just taking a leisurely walk.
Hiking is a great for cross training, giving our bodies a little break from running. We can choose to go alone or with friends or family. I love escaping to nature with my kids as it allows for quality time spent together away from the hustle of everyday life, and it teaches them at a young age true appreciation for the outdoors. We’re blessed in this little town we currently live in to have such easy access to some of the most beautiful trails with stunning views of rolling mountains in a distance. Even in the cooler days of winter, some of the best of times are found out on the trail.
Wherever you live now, whether urban or rural, take some time to discover nature all around you and immerse yourself in all there is to learn from its teachings. Maybe even find a nearby park or trail and take some time to explore in and around it. Go by yourself, with a friend, or take your family along on your next adventure!