The cabin fever is setting in. I look out the window and all I see is drifts of knee deep snow and wishing I were hiking in the mountains, enjoying the fresh Colorado air and sunshine.
Not that I am complaining about the snow, we need the water, but about being stuck inside and looking forward to milder weather. I love walking in God's country. The scent of wildflowers, pine and earth. The quiet and peacefulness, and the company of my husband, or whomever has decided to hike the mountainside with me.
We put the harness on Branch, (our dog) and her bouncing around the house in eager anticipation. Following us from room to room, telling us in her own way, 'Hurry up', and running to the car and jumping in the back seat knowing where we're going.
Once there, she leaps out of the car and her nose finds the nearest grasses. On the trail, she tries to meet every other dog that is hiking with their master's, too. It is nice that, not only do people take advantage of the hundreds of miles of paths we have in the state, but a lot of them own dogs. She is in doggy heaven!
We recently purchased a pop-up camper, a used one. They are expensive, but our landlord gave us a great deal. That's what else I am trying to be patient about, going camping. I do feel blessed living in a state where you drive a couple of hours and you feel like you are on vacation far, far, away.
We have decided we don't relish sleeping on the ground in tents anymore. I am really looking forward to packing up all the provisions and finding the perfect spot. I love sitting around a campfire roasting marshmallows, hiking in the area, fishing, and most of all, staring up at the stars at night.
I breathe in the crisp mountain air in the morning, and love to sit outside drinking my morning coffee, and then cook some bacon and eggs. For some reason it tastes better when you're camping.
I know it's only a few months away, but I anticipate it all the same. Do you like going camping, or even hiking? Are you in an area where you have mountains to do so?
I hope you do, because to me, there is nothing more relaxing and healing than enjoying nature and what gifts we have been given. To appreciate what life has to offer.
Have a great week everyone! See you on Thursday!