One of the things that some people don't seem to understand is why would I go hiking so much. They never go anywhere except to work, shopping, or a bar. What kind of life is that? I don't understand them. They don't upset me; I just don't understand. Don't they have a sense of adventure? Isn't there more to life than TV? Many of you who read this probably understand my feelings.
Maybe I can explain why I do what I do a little bit. When I'm out walking around, surrounded by nature, there is a peacefulness that comes over me. This helps me forget all of my troubles from the normal world. I can slow the world down, and sort everything out in my mind.
There is also the matter of exercise. Walking or running for even a short time is great exercise. And breathing the fresh air is one of the best things to go along with seeing something new and unexpected. Even someone who is highly experienced will tell you these same things.
Walking isn't the only thing to do either. There are certain places I like to go when I'm out hiking. These are special places where I can stop and just quietly observe nature. I can quietly relax and let my mind slow down to a very restful pace.
The walkway in these pictures is one of these places. It's one of my newest discoveries, and it's also one of my favorite places now. The first time I saw it, I felt the need to explore it and see it up close. I explained awhile ago that it brings back childhood memories of playgrounds with fun places to walk and climb on.
After exploring every inch of this place, and walking every step, I go down the ramp to a fishing platform. I don't really care about fishing, but that's where I can stop and watch the lake. For some reason, watching a body of water can be one of the most relaxing experiences a person can have.
Sometimes even a few geese or other animals will swim by. At times they'll even come closer and attempt to entertain me with their goofy behavior. It's usually an attempt to gain a little snack, but they try their best.
These are some of the reasons I like nature. Maybe I didn't explain it enough for some people, but it doesn't matter. All that matters is that you try it yourself. When you go out there and truly try to find peace of mind, you'll never need an explanation from me or anyone else. It'll come to you all by itself.