Taking a mid-day break to hike a nature trail is my cheap therapy – I think only of the exact moment I am in, walking the trail, exploring nature. Time doesn’t exist.
Hiking at Bull Creek Park in northwest Austin recently I lost all track of time. I had planned to spend a half hour or so enjoying a quick hike along Bull Creek before grabbing some lunch and heading off to my afternoon appointment.
It’s a good thing most of my bookkeeping clients are flexible about when I show up to work because my hike took around two hours and it might have been three had the rain clouds not been threatening.
I can get lost in the beauty of nature, spending inordinate amounts of time observing and photographing flowers, plants, insects, or lizards. I see gorgeous little landscapes at my feet and wonder about all the activity that is going on in the tiny ecosystem.
I see an amazing assortment of gorgeous colorful wildflowers along the hiking trails throughout the year. Springtime is my favorite time of year because the days are starting to get longer and the weather is generally perfect for hiking.
And the bluebonnets are blooming!
Walking along the trails at Mayfield Park and Nature Preserve one hears the rustling of the leaves as lizards dash from place to place. When I see a lizard I find that if I stand still they will often remain motionless as well – allowing me to observe them more carefully.
I’ve seen some interesting insects while hiking the nature trails and been bitten by quite a few – the tiny creatures have the ability to sneak up on us humans so easily! I prefer the more docile ones – rolly polly is just a cute little insect that never hurts anyone.
Enjoying the fresh air and the beauty of nature while getting a little exercise is my favorite outdoor activity in Austin. I find it meditative hiking a nature trail and getting lost in the moment.
Something that cannot be properly conveyed in words or pictures is the glorious fragrance of certain flowers, the fresh scent of the woods, the sound of the birds singing, and the relaxing tone of the water.
Tell me about your favorite outdoor escape. What is your cheap therapy?