A walk in the woods

Image taken February 4, 2017.

Image taken February 4, 2017.

My husband and I take at least one long walk-hike together each weekend. When pressed for time, we wander the neighborhood, but we prefer to head to one of the parks or conservation areas. (And our middle-aged feet and knees certainly prefer the trails to the sidewalks.)

From Anna Botsford Comstock’s Handbook of Nature Study:

In my belief, there are two and only two occupations for Saturday afternoon or forenoon for a teacher. One is to be out-of-doors and the other is to lie in bed, and the first is best. Out in this, God’s beautiful world, there is everything waiting to heal lacerated nerves, to strengthen tired muscles, to please and content the soul that is torn to shreds with duty and care.

Winter at the sites we most enjoy can be stark, but even in the gray hardness, cold beauty is evident. That said, it is difficult for this trail to compete with its autumn afternoon finery.

Same trail on October 2, 2015.

Same trail on October 2, 2015.


3 thoughts on “A walk in the woods

  1. Thank you for this post. When I was visiting Chicago back in October, my brother and I went to Morton’s Arboretum and spent a few hours walking the trails. Like your ABC quote, we found it healing, comforting, and rejuvenating. A lovely way to enjoy an analog break in this digital world of ours.


    • We visit the arboretum once a year or so; lovely. I am also grateful for the nearby state parks and county conservation districts for my “analog breaks.” Thank you for that phrase. :o)

      As always, I’m so glad to see you here! Are you enjoying the Shakespeare challenge?


      • You’re welcome!

        I am thankful for the discipline of the challenge to help me do what I’ve only imagined (reading through all of Shakespeare). I got Garber’s book from the library recently and I’m huffing and puffing trying to catch up to where we are. I’m sure I’ll buy that, now that I’ve sampled it.

        I appreciate your contributions to the project. I always enjoy your viewpoint.


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