In these past few months I have tried to find happy places to escape to. These woods are always my greatest escape.
Since I was 6, I have walked in these woods. That’s 44 years (but who’s counting!!) There were no trails, less neighbors, and tons of wildlife. Over the years that has slowly changed, but luckily the “4 mile loop” we have created is land locked.
If I am not walking I am 4 wheeling, horseback riding, or snowmobiling! I have shared these trails with many animals, most of them gone now, through the years. My first dog, Daisy. My first horse, Sugar. My next dogs through the years as a child, Princess, Sheba, Jeopardy, Ginger. Our second horse, Mandy.
My parents liked to take us 4 kids on Sunday walks. My dad would always have a big walking stick and I remember being scared we would get lost and he would always say not to worry, the dogs know the way home.
These past few months I have been finding myself wanting to escape this crazy world more and more and enjoy what we have without all of the negativity being thrown at us from every angle in the media, on the internet, in the magazines, etc.
Even little Sissy has had enough and wants to join us on a walk!!
Coming back up the trails after a nice long walk, the sun has set and the moon is beginning to peak out, I feel refreshed.
The snow is glistening and the world is a perfect place again.
That would be woods behind our house where my tree stand is located. I could sit back there for hours with a book and camera and just drink it all in!!! If our world gets much crazier I’ll probably be spending a whole lot more time there too!
Thank you for sharing these gorgeous photographs! And thanks to this post, I just learned a new word “NEMOPHILIST”—a haunter of the woods; one who loves the forest and its beauty and solitude.
These are beautiful memories and photos. I love walking especially in old familiar places. A great connection to your childhood and family. Makes me think.of Robert Frost’s poem “Stopping by the Woods on Snowy Afternoon”