It’s summer here in the states and most of us who are “not dabbling in normal” are very busy with the weeding, mulching, fertilizing, harvesting, canning, etc. on top of all the other regular chores we tackle on a daily basis. For many of us, myself included, its very hard to take a day off – a day to rest and rejuvenate. However, I’m learning that taking a day of rest every now and then is the best way to get more done when I return to my work.
For me, a day of rest, means getting out into the woods in the form of a hike. While hiking can be hard work depending on the trail, it can also be a pleasant walk in the woods. A walk surrounded by the sounds and smells of nature that allows you to just get away from it all for just a little bit.
I’m blessed to live in an area surrounded by national forests and national parks meaning I have a wide range of choices. However, no matter where you live, I’m willing to bet you have a few choices nearby. Here are a few resources to help you find a hike in your area (this info is based on the US as I don’t know of good sources outside the US, please comment with those if you have them):
- Backpacker Magazine’s Find a Hike Database, lets you search by city, state, park, etc.
- US Forest Service- Has information on the many trails in each state, searchable by state
- National Park Service - Allows you find information regarding each individual national park
- I Love Parks – Has links to the state park services in all 50 states and does include a few international organizations as well. Once you find your own state, I’m willing to bet the opportunities abound.
There’s always going to be work to do, its always going to feel like you’re neglecting your chores if you take just one day off. However; I’m willing to bet if you allow yourself just a bit of time to get outside and enjoy the woods, you’ll come back to your work more refreshed and you’ll have had a great time with friends and family too (if you take them along that is).