Hiking can be the pause that refreshes. Today we are off to find Silver Creek campground trailhead to Abcromby Mountain, a tower we can see from the Lazy Bee.
The air is especially fresh this lovely late summer day. We’ll take a thermos of homebrewed soup, dust off a log somewhere along the trail and breathe in the fragrance of earth, sky and tall pine trees.
We’ll be looking for late blooming mullein stalks. Their bright yellow flowers are late this year. On top their stalks we are hoping to find the flowers in full bloom and bring them home to start an herbal tea which relieves coughing.
Family and friends take time out of their busy lives to clear their minds by going on hikes. Suzy, Teri, Brady, Nathanial, Jack and Claire recently flew to Hawaii and found themselves caught on a cliff during a hurricane. Fortunately, they came across a hiker’s shelter to spend the night.
In Iowa, John and Judy Focht watch for a tornado as they hike. Mainly, the photos they share are of tranquil Iowa scenes. Once an Iowa resident, I always loved the Pike’s Peak Park trails above the little town of McGregor near the Mississippi River.
Our favorite hike was in Glacier National Park. A reservation was made for Sperry Lodge early in the spring for a fall hike thirty miles across mountains to reach this remote lodge. You got there by foot or by horseback. The narrow and twisting paths brought us eyeball to eyeball with white mountain goats. Fortunately, the only grizzly bear was down below in a valley.
There are many hiking trails in the Pacific Northwest and you can see awesome views, or just relax on a well-maintained path to let your brain relax so that your brain restores some prefrontal cortex mediated executive processes.
In other words, hiking is good mental exercise. Tests show there is an advantage to spending time unplugging from technology and getting outside in nature to be among forests, fields and skies.