“For absolute, freedom and wilderness” Henry David Thoreau, Walking
Walking is one of my absolute favourite activities. Walking for no purpose aside from joining nature and losing oneself. I feel very lucky and grateful that I live in a place that is so close to many magical environments. There are so many different landscapes on the East Coast! This past month we have explored an old growth eastern hemlock forest in the centre of Nova Scotia, rocky shores and conifer forests along the East, the Mountains in the North and the mixed woodlands not far from our home on the Island.
October in the East of Canada is so beautiful! Our landscape is painted with the red and orange leaves of sugar maples, crimson blueberry fields, stark whites and golds of birch and the ever fluctuating bright blue and dark, smokey sky. There’s the song of the Canadian Geese overhead and black specks of crows perched atop the trees. It’s short and oh so sweet.
What do we do in the woods? We certainly spend a lot of time there. We Listen to the birds, the squirrels, the brook. Notice every adorable fungi we come across and marvel at the plush moss where I’ve always fantasized about laying my head to sleep ;). Sometimes, I forage or draw. When it’s really nice outside, my sister and I can spend a whole afternoon sitting by the river, wading in it, deciphering faces in the bark of trees and picking out the perfect quartz crystal.
It’s where I feel happiest and at home.
What landscape makes you feel happiest while hiking?