There’s something about being alone surrounded by nature that I find completely invigorating and relaxing. It’s why I go hiking solo so much – not because I’m being anti-social, but because it’s something I need to be able to recharge and feel better about not only my life, but the world in general.
Last weekend I had a sudden urge to get out of the house, so I drove over to Radnor Lake State Park*. When I arrived, it was around 4:30. The relative lateness of the hour made for ideal parking and I set off hiking around the lake, watching the sun slowly slink out the sky, creating the most gorgeous light through the trees.
The moment I stepped foot on the dirt path, I felt instantly reinvigorated. Cell phone was turned off, work worries put aside, relationship drama forgotten. The few hikers I ran into seemed to be in the same state of mind, greeting each other with a nod of our heads, then continuing on our own ways, content in tranquil solitude.
I was without plan or purpose. I weaved in and out of Otter Creek Road and Lake Trail, pausing occasionally to take pictures or take in the stillness of the lake. finally, when I felt I could truly breathe again, I headed back to my car to face the world again in a much more peaceful state of mind.