A week day hike.

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Sometimes I forget how much hiking meant to me last year. Out on the trail was where I thought about the things I wish I could forget, but never will. I left a lot of heart ache and pain along the way and came back stronger.

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This year it has taken me a little longer to get back into the routine of hiking, but something about my last few adventures has me hooked again. The sound of the stream the calm breezes and time in the woods has been good for me. Today as I relaxed in my hammock at one of my favorite spots I flipped through the journal pages of last year’s hikes. I am glad I have the record to look back on, and that I continue to record more hikes on the pages.

I wish I knew where the rest of this summer was taking me, but one this is for sure I plan on spending a lot more time hiking and enjoying the stillness all around me.

Tomorrow will be a little bit easier and I will become a stronger me everyday.


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The countdown.

The end of vacation is always a little odd. The last few days you try to get back into normal habits. Going to bed on time, cleaning and putting things away. Sometimes it is a relief to get back to normal, other times you wish you could change everything. Over the past week I have hiked, run, slept in and spent time with family and friends. It was the type of time off that I wish was never-ending because I can never get enough of it.

I have one more day of freedom left, then it will be back to 5:30 am alarms and sitting at a desk all day. Thankfully I only have a little over a month until my next vacation. Let the countdown begin!

Tomorrow will be a little bit easier and I will become a stronger me everyday.

Go with the flow.

I went for a hike today and I had an interesting encounter. The trail I did is what I like to call a “tourist hike”. Lots of pretty views on a mostly stone bock trail. Every uphill climb was a stair case, and some paths were even carved through the walls. With all that being said it truly is a beautiful hike.

Because this trail is populated by mostly non-hikers it can be difficult to pass by slower people who don’t always realize they are blocking the entire path. At one set of stairs I was blocked by two groups going horribly slow. When I saw an opening to pass I took it. I was polite as I wiggles in between them, but I heard one of them say to me “just go with the flow”. At the time I was slightly embarrassed, but did not say anything and zipped on up the stairs.

For the next mile or so I thought about the encounter. I did not feel like I was rude, if anything they were being rude not allowing space for faster hikers to pass without trouble. What bothered me was the fact that I was expected to slow down and limit myself.

Going with the flow is great in some situations. It is a rule of thumb I use when driving all the time, but I feel that too often we are expected to move with everyone else instead of pushing forward on our own and stepping out of our comfort zone. In this case I could have slowed my pace to stayed behind these two groups of people, and then my legs would be slightly less sore and it would have taken me a little longer. But how would that do anything to make me stronger?

Tomorrow will be a little bit easier and I will become a stronger me everyday.

In the woods.

img_6911My internal alarm clock worked against me this morning, but I was happy to start the day a little early in hopes of beating some of the heat. I got dishes done and a few thing cleaned up and in the afternoon I was off on a hike. The only trail that was packed to a miserable degree was the one along the water, so I spent most of my time happily in the woods. Before I had gone a mile I was dripping with sweat, but I was loving every second of it. There really is something wonderful about enjoying the fresh air and watching the sun shine though the trees.

Hopefully there will be more time outside and hikes on this vacation. After all, that was one of the reasons I took the time off.

Tomorrow will be a little bit easier and I will become a stronger me everyday.

The company I kept. 

Today all I wanted to do was stay in bed and be lazy. At the end of a day like that I would have been miserable after wallowing in my own thoughts and emotions, becoming more frustrated with the things I have no control over. Thankfully, I woke up to a text that drove my day down a much different path.

For a week full of hot days, today was a little chilly for my taste, but it was a wonderful day for a hike. I did miss the sun shinning through the leaves casting shadows and warm refreshing breezes, but the company I kept was great. Last summer, despite my best efforts, my hikes were taken alone. A part of that was good because it helped me work through a lot of my thoughts, but I did miss sharing some beautiful trails with a friend. This year I am sure I will still hike alone on and off, but hopefully a few will be with friends.

Today was a beautiful hike, and most of that was because of the company I kept.

Tomorrow will be a little bit easier and I will become a stronger me everyday.

My 2018 Empire Pass.

With beautiful weather on the horizon I am excited to have my 2018 Empire Pass in my hand! I am one lucky girl, because my aunt and uncle actually bought my new pass for me. They are huge outdoors people and I am hoping that this year I will be able to do a little hiking with them at some point.

Since my last hike in the fall, I have been looking forward to sunny days on the trails. My snowshoeing adventure was fun, but nothing beats a nice day when I can set up my hammock and relax on a hike. Honestly, I am tempted to get my bag packed today so I can be ready to go the first chance I get! Unfortunately, the first few hikes might be a little too cold for my hammock, but I have a feeling I will take a chance have it in my backpack anyway.

img_5522.jpgMy inkDori is all set and ready to record my new hiking adventures  as I visit my favorite trails, and maybe find a few new ones. There will be pictures, leaves and other odds and ends to add to the already full pages of my hiking journal. I wonder how full it will get by the end of the year…

Tomorrow will be a little bit easier and I will become a stronger me everyday.


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Stir crazy.

img_1618In five days it is supposed to be spring, but I live in New York, so to be honest we will be lucky to be snow free the beginning of April. With each passing day I am getting more and more stir crazy. I miss spending my weekends hiking and setting up a hammock in the woods to read or write. Hopefully before I know it those sunshiny days will be back again. Until then I will do my best to enjoy what I have, at least the end is in sight.

Tomorrow will be a little bit easier and I will become a stronger me everyday.


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