Time to Go Outside

Cascade Canyon, Grand Teton National Park

Being outside for long periods of time has always been my best salve. Ever since I was a child, I have felt at home in the woods, on the prairie, in the wild. Natural spaces soothe my busy brain and soon my whole body can sink in and relax. I long for the delicious scent of the pines, taking the aroma deep into my lungs.

It's time for me, once again, to take a long venture into the woods. If you followed me last year, our family adventure took us to Custer State Park, Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone National Park and Badlands National Park. This year the adventure continues. We're headed to Vancouver to visit family for a few days then we're off to Olympic National Park, Mount Rainier National Park, Glacier National Park and Theodore Roosevelt National Park. All of these in two weeks time.

I can't wait to unfold my sleeping bag and sleep on the ground under the big sky. I can't wait for cool mornings with views of snow-capped mountains. I can't wait for the sweet taste of huckleberries and the cool feeling under the canopy in the Hoh Rainforest.