August morning

The white trail called us forth this morning.   The weather was cooler and no humidity.    This trail embraces and hugs the lake I dubbed as my “happy place”.  Maggie was grateful to be out exploring the scent. The boats all sat waiting for their owners to dance with them on the water.  The fisherman…

Rocks and Bolders

The terrain in Shenandoah National Park is wonderous.   The Applician Trail whines through the park.  Little did I know what I had said yes to when a dear friend asked if I wanted to come.    My mindset was completely different than last summers adventure and I am never one to miss a photo opp!…

Looking UP!

I have always been one to focus forward.   Sitting idle is not in my being.   I always have a to do list, and my head is always down focused on one or many different things.     The word SLOW was not in my world, until recently. I can remember growing up and laying in the…

Rolling Dunes

My heart seeks and searches for adventure.   Finding gems off the beaten path.    The land untouched by development running parallel to the ocean is breathtaking. I had a unique opportunity to explore and climb the dunes.   There was an abundance of vegetation growing on this land and I chose to explore the highs and…

Storm Dance

Far off in the distance you could see it coming.   The dark clouds gaining strength with the rays of sunlight behind.   Standing atop the edge of the cliff I was mesmerized watching the clouds twist and turn, reshaping themselves within minutes. Time stood still as I watched in the quiet of the waning day.   There…

Flowers and Ferns

Wandering through the trails in Virginia, the sounds of the hustle and bustle of everyday life far removed from ear shot.   High in the hills and wandering the Application Trail, I was amazed at the beauty and constantly changing terrain.     The trees were taller and the woods thicker but what struck me is the…

Soft Sand

There is nothing but a simple fence that separates North Carolina from Virginia.    False Cape State Park is one of the only untouched pieces of land that touches the Atlantic Ocean. This stretch of land has rolling soft dunes, open spaces and a trail that runs six miles north to south. I prepared for…

Contrast in the Trees

As a child I don’t remember any fascination with nature, trees or rocks.    As I child we were shipped outside on those summer days to “GO PLAY”.    A backyard filled with a swing set, a healthy dirt pile and open field for softball.  It felt like a chore to go outside in those…

Impressions in the Sand

May weather is always unexpected and every changing.   Leaving PA and traveling south I encountered ever changing weather; from rain to fog to crystal clear skies.     It felt like a breath of fresh air as I crossed into the land of freedom. I have always played it safe, but this truly challenged me.   I…

Gnomes

Entering this magical place you could feel how different it was from the traditional trails.   Maggie bounded through the paths as if looking for something. Happy as always, but exploring all the nooks and crannies.   Then I started to notice the difference in the trees.   There were if you will little doorways.   The hollowed out…

Lines in Nature

Another day into the woods as spring opens around me.   We run through our days without acknowledging what is happening around us.  Today as I stepped forward into the woods I was struck by contrast of the wood to greens.  The growth of spring has exploded around me with buds and baby leaves surrounding me….

Yellow Trail

The day started early and off into on the Yellow Trail I go.   Maggie is loving the smells of spring as we venture forward.  Off to a switch back climb and the calves are starting to wake up.  The green hues of spring are appearing and the sun is bright with the crisp air of…