The Trek Through the Mountains
I have to admit that one of the biggest things that I miss about the later spring months, summer, and early fall months is camping. Being stuck in winter is a very burdensome concept. The winter months seem to pass by at little to no rate. While I cannot wait to join nature and its accompanied wildlife, I can still look back at photos and remember the wonderful moments spent out in the beautiful mountains.
"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step."
I enjoy camping because of the quietness of the space. More specifically at night. When distant campers retire to their beds at the end of the day, one can sit outside and enjoy the ear piercing silence. It almost causes a chill down the spine and a feeling of peace inside. Take this moment to reflect and go on a little journey. Camping can be used as a time to reset, rewind, and relax. This silence provides a break from the hustle and bustle of every day life.
Life is always been about adventure for me. Sometimes that might mean traveling to a new place, beginning a brand new hobby, or even learning a new language. I have always looked to nature first when looking for new horizons. One of my favorite phrases can be said as the following: "broaden your horizons." I love this phrase specifically because it outlines what we are supposed to be doing: exploring new things and taking on new opportunities. Let's all just admit that there is always a new place to go. There will always be somewhere unknown to go. It is physically impossible to be everywhere. Camping is just one of those adventures to one of those unknown places. Even when camping in the exact same spot it is super interesting to note the changes. Nature is never the same. That is one of the many attributes that I love about the mountains. They are ever changing. No two tree is the same, no acre of land is the same, and each bird sings a unique song.
Waking up to the birds singing their wondrous songs that are like music to the ears is such a nice feeling. Getting away from the city is such a satisfaction. The hustle and bustle of life can get too much. As someone who lives in the city I can attest to that. Setting aside time to be in nature is really nice. Camping can do just that.
One interesting thing that I have noticed about camping is the endless adventures. I mean these adventures are never ending. Whether it is hiking, fishing, biking, kayaking, camping is for sure bound to be an interesting time.
Hiking is so much fun despite the occasional pain in the feet. Hiking is a great way to see different species of plants. Sometimes one may get lucky and see some wildlife. Anything is possible out in the great outdoors. While hiking, I love to see the different types of fungi growing through the fallen trees. It's quite satisfying to watch the bugs crawl in and out of the rotting wood. Nature is always full of surprises and interesting events. Hiking increases the chance of a more interesting adventure.
Kayaking is one of those therapeutic activities that just calms the mind. I was never really able to enjoy kayaking until this past summer. I enjoyed every aspect of it. Watching the lake water ripple as the wind whooshed past. Quietly and peacefully rowing a long in the water. The birds fly overhead and dip down close to the water. I have to admit that kayaking is one of those addicting hobbies that one cannot get enough of. Some may think it's super boring, but I think otherwise. Just relax and unwind from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
Fishing really depends on the person. I personally just love to watch the small lake waves touch the shore. Fishing is a lot like kayaking in a sense that it can be quite relaxing while waiting for a bite.
These are just a few things to do up camping in the mountains. There certainly are endless opportunities for a good trip. Every-time I take out the photos of previous camping trips I cannot help but accept all the memories that come flooding back. It is always nice to be able to reminisce those old time moments.
"Look into nature, and then you will understand everything better."
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