Walking Trail: Take Two
Yesterday afternoon, I couldn’t stand being indoors anymore and decided to go for a walk on the local Rails to Trails again. The weather was cold, but sunny, a weather anomaly I have always enjoyed. It’s thrilling feeling the sun on my face, but the cold in my bones. Of course, if you add wind, I wouldn’t enjoy it nearly as much. But luckily yesterday, the weather was perfect.
The last time, I tried just walking the trail, I ended up running the trail and did not try any of those side trails that I have always intended on exploring. This time, I vowed not to let the music convince me to go any faster than a leisurely stroll. Before heading down tot he trail I went walking through a local housing development and I found a horse stable! I had no idea that it was there and discovered an awesome old cabin.
Once on the trail, I had the music cranked up and began looking for unmarked trails through the woods. I found one soon and climbed a very steep hill into the trees ready to explore the scenery. Almost immediately, I turned off the music. It was this instantaneous need that compelled me to walk in the quiet. It was as though music was fine when walking a less scenic gravel road, but the woods demanded my undivided attention.
The trees were literally creaking in the wind. It was the most wonderful sound. Many times I stopped just to listen to the trunks sway in the breeze, and occasionally emit a crack amid the silence. The woods were right–the music would have ruined the experience and I would have missed the songs of nature.