I reconnect to myself by reconnecting with nature.
Happy Saturday, my friends. We’ve begun our third and final week on Kauai and our first week of actual vacation.
After 15 years of coming to the amazing Garden Isle, we’ve been looking for new things do that we’ve never experienced before.
We love to hike and today we tackled the relatively easy, but stunningly beautiful Maha’ulepu Heritage Trail.
This two plus mike trail, actually trails, move along the sea cliffs of Kauai’s south shore from Poipu to the east.
Most of the trail is fifty to one hundred feet above the ocean. There’s a choice of an oceanside trail or a more inland trail through the jungle. We did the former on the way out and the latter on the way back.
These are the experiences we live for and come here expecting. Enjoy our adventure.
April and I have lived in Massachusetts for almost four years. As our time here draws to a close, we’re trying mark things off our places to visit list. We’ve been wanting to hike around Walden Pond (yes, that Walden Pond) since we arrived. I hiked part of it alone a couple years ago, but I didn’t consider it done.
Yesterday was the day. We visited the pond in it’s frozen winter state and navigated the treacherously icy path. Here are some photos from this amazing place. Henry David Thoreau immortalized these beautiful surroundings when he spent two years living in the woods along this pond. He wrote his seminal work – Walden – about this experience.
Walden inspired Thoreau and Thoreau’s writing continues to inspire activists and opposers of the status quo. Both Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. applied Thoreau’s approach to change the world.
Even in 2019, taking in the sights, sounds, and smells of this place, it’s easy to see why it so inspired.
I am one with the forest. Being among the trees, I am completely grounded. Being with the trees, I am reminded to reach for the sky.
Few things are as affirming and restoring as a little time in nature. I have always had an affinity for the great forests of the Pacific Northwest…at least from afar. They have always been a place of mystical magic to me. Where I’m from in Kansas, a forest is three trees clumped together. But in Oregon, they have real forests and real magic.
My wife and I visited Oregon last fall with some friends. We were fortunate enough to capture some magic moments of sunbeams filtering through the trees in the morning. I’ve put these photographs together in a video collage.
May it affirm and restore you today.
Follow your bliss! Experience your bliss. Become your bliss.
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