Feb 28, 2016

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Into the woods...

Clouds reflection lake

“It would seem from this fact, that man is naturally a wild animal,
and that when taken from the woods,
he is never happy in his natural state,
'till he returns to them again.”
Benjamin Rush

As you walk through the forest, finding your own paths, you come to a small clearing looking out across a small lake.

You close your eyes, take a deep breath and just stand there, completely still for a few minutes. And your mind and body feels start to feel lighter, almost as though the nature around you is flowing through your veins, calming down your mind and decreasing your heart rate.



The smell of damp moss and pine trees fill your nose. The soft forest floor makes you feel lighter. You put your hand on the trunk of a pine tree, take a deep breath and feel the bark against your skin.

Fallen pine tree
The recent storm knocked down quite a few
of the pine trees in "our" forest.
For a while it feels like silence is surrounding you, taking you far away from all the noise of a busy city life. But after a while you start noticing the song of nature.

The birds singing, looking for a mate. The breeze flowing through the tree tops. A crack of a stick as some wild animal moves closer. 

And there's a strange sound, almost like thousands of pieces of glass being thrown together. You open your eyes to see what it is. Only to find out it's the ice breaking on the lake.

The small waves are crushing it into tiny pieces, slowly undressing the water for spring.

You feel at one with nature, taking it all in. And for a while you are filled with an almost unexplainable sense of happiness.

I must say I'm lucky to live in a place where I can have experiences like the one above every single day :)


It's been a long week, one of those weeks that just fly by, drowned in work and society. But I have still taken time to relax, disconnect, and get out into nature. After all, one can't expect to summit mountains without being in good shape.

In between some indoor climbing, and climbing our little mountain top, the dog and I have had some nice hikes through the forests. It is where I come to unwind, to think, and to plan.

So far it looks like I'll be aiming to summit Kilimanjaro in September or October this year. I'll keep you updated on the planning process as it comes along.
Clouds reflection lake

For now, I wish you a wonderful week. Remember to go outside and connect with nature, even if (or especially if) your schedule is hectic.

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