We need the tonic of wildness…At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature.
– Henry David Thoreau
There’s something about being in nature that brings me peace. Again tracing it back to my childhood my mother being a single mom of six kids didn’t have a lot of money. Therefore, to get us out of the house she would often take us up to the mountains. To go hiking at first, I would whine and cry, but then I started to look forward to our mountain trips where I could go and get lost for a few hours and leave all the worries of home life behind me. I left the house at 16 when I had my oldest son, and I forgot about the mountains and natures for a while.
It wasn’t until after my youngest child turned four when I remembered how much I enjoyed hiking. I wanted my kids to experience the same serenity I felt in nature. I always tell my boys I feel closer to God when I am nature than I ever could in some church or building. Of course, they whined and cried at first, it’s too far too hard, it’s too hot, too many rocks, etc. But when my oldest he told me he and his friends were going on a hike, I knew I broke through, and when my two youngest started looking up places for us to go hiking and camping. I know this is something that they will one day do with their families.
This last UEA weekend my two youngest and I ran away to Zions. We’ve been there before and plan on going again. There is just something magical about that place. We love the Narrows, and The older the boys get the further we going to it each time. I’m hoping next time we go down we’ll get a chance to do the subway. However, you will never catch me on Angels Landing because I am deathly afraid of heights lol NEVER!
I may be an urban/city girl, but my heart is wild.
Thanks for reading,
A little shooting around before our hike.