My Twitter followers probably think I’m some adventurous outdoors person since I follow mountain biking people, kayakers, geo-cachers, rock climbers, hikers, fishing, hunting, and all sorts of extreme outdoor sports. Truth is, all those activities and the people that enjoy them fascinate me and I love that they can do most of these things in a Virginia state park, but my dirty little secret is I’m more of a sitting in nature type of person.
But I found a really cool site in my Twitter connections, A pedestrian is someone who thought there were a couple of gallons left in the tank. Okay, I’m taking way too long to get to the point. For those of you that the concept of hiking a trail is foreign, my new mantra is “Take a Walk in a Virginia State Park.”
There is nothing like nature to put life into perspective. If you are fortunate enough to live in a climate with 4 real seasons, you experience the full circle of life and death every year. Concentrating on the beauty around us should help even the most stressed among us have their loads lightened. My boss, Joe Elton, the Director of Virginia State Parks says that Parks are a Tonic for the Mind, Body and Spirit. You don’t need gear, you don’t need weeks of planning, you don’t need to go live at Waldon Pond, just drive to your closest Virginia State Park or other natural setting and walk.
Take a few moments and share what walking through nature means to you with a comment to this post.