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Hitched and Hiking

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“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.”  ~John Muir

Hitting the trails with a friend or my beloved tops my list of favorite ways to connect with another human being.  Perhaps it’s the winding trail, the dappled light on my shoulders, the halo of gnats and/or mosquitoes circling my head, or the rhythmic thud of another set of feet (besides my own) that tips the scales toward complete and total happiness.

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Josh and I decided to take the dogs with us on a hike which criss-crossed over a mountain stream for about eight miles and even included two small waterfalls.  They waded into the water with each crossing and would lay in the stream with tails wagging.  Dogs are the animal kingdom’s most cheerful opportunists.

Logan & Dustin in a stream

So often, conversations with a spouse/friend revolve around finances, chores, household projects, vehicle maintenance, careers, coworkers, relationships, and many of the unpleasant aspects of life.  There’s simply no room for those items on the hiking agenda.  Instead, we found ourselves telling stories from our childhood, laughing at our goofy dogs, stopping to point out a wildflower or interesting mushroom, or walking in comfortable silence.

The “comfortable silence” is my favorite part.  Comfortable silences are not simply a lull in the conversation or when neither person can think of something to say, but rather a magical moment in which both parties are completely relaxed, tuned-in to their surroundings, and there is no need for words.

Wolf Den

Isn’t this rock formation interesting? Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park calls it the Wolf’s Den. There are coyotes here but no wolves. I’d consider it a misnomer except that “Wolf’s Den” has a much better ring to it than “Coyote’s Den.”

The Wolf Den at FDR State Park

Of course, Josh and Logan had to explore.

Logan swimming @ Cascade Falls

Cascade Falls is right next to the Wolf’s Den. The falls are quite small but so is the park (it’s Georgia’s largest state park, by the way). Logan swam excited circles in the pool below the falls while I snapped a few pictures before we continued our walk.

The stream above Cascade Falls

“How can you explain that you need to know that the trees are still there, and the hills and the sky?  Anyone knows they are.   How can you say it is time your pulse responded to another rhythm, the rhythm of the day and the season instead of the hour and the minute?  No, you cannot explain.  So you walk.” ~ Author unknown, from New York Times editorial, “The Walk,” 25 October 1967

And walk we did.

  • Rosa - A great trip! Those waterfalls are so beautiful. It is like Paradise…

    Cheers,

    RosaReplyCancel

  • Linda Sue - wonderful to walk in such pretty woods in excellent company – thanks for letting us come alongReplyCancel

  • Marlene - Hi there,
    My sentiments exactly, the same as Linda Sue. When you are with the one you share life with, what could be better. Thanks for the precious opportunity to be there with you. Very special couple indeed……Love AlwaysReplyCancel

  • CC - Wow! Gorgeous!! I miss hiking. Kinda.ReplyCancel

  • The Farmers Wife - Jealous! Way too hot in FL to hike right now…wish we had some trails with waterfalls near by. Thanks for the photos, made me feel like I was there…and I concur about the silence-I know it myself and before the 3 bumpkin babies came along, backpacking was a hobby of ours and I love that silence.

    Dogs always make the trip better 🙂

    Thanks again!ReplyCancel

  • tvguy - I wish I could write like you as Margaret Laurence once said “When I say “work” I only mean writing. Everything else is just odd jobs.”

    Sent from my Android phoneI wish I could write like you as Margaret Laurence once said “When I say “work” I only mean writing. Everything else is just odd jobs.”

    Sent from my Android phoneReplyCancel

  • Singer - Great trip and beautiful pictures. Thank you for sharing.ReplyCancel

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