Weather was warmer yesterday (in fact this whole week, so yay!) so Tashi and I went for a walk. We initially went to Burr Oak Woods Nature Center but had to leave. We almost didn’t complete the trail we picked. The place was noisy! After weeks of snow storm and extremely cold weather, a lot of people had the same idea of taking an afternoon walk on the first sign of warmer weather. With two trails (out of seven) closed for the public, the nature center was packed and there were lots of noisy kids. Don’t get me wrong. I’m glad the kids were enjoying nature as well. We just wanted more solace yesterday. We were there to find peace and healing after the loss of our pet bunny, NinNin. The sadness was overwhelming and we knew that spending time in nature would be a good idea.
I’m glad that we left too. We ended up by the lake and because it was only 50°F, which was still a little cold to some and with the trail quite muddy due to the melting ice, there were not too many people there so we had the peace and quiet we wanted. Win Win.
Nature heals, soothes and definitely restores. Spending time with Mother Nature is our most favorite thing to do. Undoubtedly, nature is the best therapist. Although we like going for a walk, we also enjoy watching birds, squirrels, wild rabbits and even chipmunks in our yard. I like waking up to the sound of birds chirping. I can’t wait for Spring!
Nature has so much to offer. There’s beauty in everything. You just need to see and listen. Everything from the tall, green trees (even brown trees during Winter) to the snails that we cross path with while walking on the trail fill us with a sense of calm and wonder. With so many uncertainties that we face and deal with everyday, nature is our sanctuary.
Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.– John Muir
All photos are mine.