There’s something special about morning hikes, isn’t there? Maybe it’s the smell in the air. The moisture is heavy and the ground, plants, rocks and surroundings have a chill to it.
Or maybe it’s the soft light that comes through. Not bold and in your face like a mid-day hike – I actually keep my face turned upwards to feel it’s warmth.
Maybe my mind is not as filled and is still open to new ideas, talking with people (real, imagined and dead) and angels, animals, birds and to myself (of course!)
It’s a different canvas and it just takes a bit of planning to get up and get out as a way to enjoy it.
Last week I was returning from a scenic hike and a woman was coming towards me talking … on her phone. I heard her say, ” Just be sure to make the beds and I’ll stop at the store for groceries…”
Really? This couldn’t wait? What was worse, (in my humble opinion) was the volume of her conversation. Isn’t hiking something sacred and equal to being in a church? Or a library? Yes. Of course It Is! Talk if you must, but lower your voice and respect Mother Nature.
As this rude woman talked, the mule deer munched their breakfast, inching away from her and further up the hillside. I wonder if she even saw them.
As I am doing the spiritual thing – expressing gratitude and awe of the sky, colors, smells and nature – others are busy in their own world too. I try not to judge but this really is my place of worship and I want others to behave as if it is theirs as well. (No judgement, HA!)
Come with me and we can practice proper hiking etiquette together!
- 10 Amazing Places to Hike Before You Die (theepochtimes.com)
- I went walking … (margekatherine.com)
- Farewell To Zion (jonathanturley.org)
- Hail to Spring! (margekatherine.com)
- CNN’s Brooke Baldwin Climbs Mt. Kilianjaro (adweek.com)
- 23 and 1/2 hours: What is the single best thing we can do for our health?
- If you need a reason to walk … listen up! (margekatherine.com)