Did it ever get boring?
|Was there ever a day when the sunset was just the same as it always was, pretty-boring-dull-colors-anyway, should-have-just-stayed-in-bed?|
|Did I ever regret putting on my trail runners and heading out into the cold/ wind/ snow/ stillness after a tiring day?|
|Do you really need to bother seeing the elk when you can see their scat?|
|Could I have just waited until the next day to see the newest blossoms opening up?|
|Did it matter that I finally got to glimpse the gray fox up top, silhouetted against the sunset? (Sorry you can't see him over there-- you just had to be there, I guess.)|
|The tinajas filled up with water. And eventually it all evaporated away and nothing was left but cracked dust.|
|Full moon evening.|
|That one day they did a controlled burn, and the smokey sunset was all yellow.|
|During the 15-minutes of the March snowstorm.|
Don’t put off walking everyday just because you think that next month, or next year, or *someday* you will be somewhere prettier or more worthwhile. Maybe the backyard ramble will teach you lessons that you thought were only possible on a long-trail.
Here are tips to help you make it a regular practice to explore your close-to-home routes:
- Make it less “tedious” by changing up your routine- vary your pace, route, and time of day.
|This moment happens so fleetingly. Can you experience this moment from a different spot on the trail everyday?|
|Going with Mom made me see how big these dropoffs and steps can seem.|
- Race to do it in 30 minutes. See if you can draw it out to 2 hours— no really, try harder to slow the heck down.
- Change your perspective, change your focus. Try looking at everything close up, or only in the distance.
|Don't forget to look down.|
|Don't forget to look back over there too.|
|Neapolitan ice cream unconformity.|
|It was sort of like this, only imagine more glitter.|
How do you keep your backyard, after-work trails interesting?