For the second time this week, my husband and I drove to the nearby town of Pickens, SC, to take a walk on the Doodle Trail. It used to be a railroad route but has been made into a lovely paved trail for bike riding or walking or jogging. Sometimes I forget how nice it is to be outside taking a walk.
One of the nice things about walking this trail is the view of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the distance. They really do look blue and are beautiful. I love that we can see so far, past the trees, past the roads and the houses, past the water towers and the electric wires on and on till our eyes meet the mountains.
[bctt tweet=”As we move along I feel my shoulders releasing tension. We walk at an easy pace, not too fast and not too slow.” username=”GaylWright”]
My breathing is steady, and I look at the beauty and listen to the birds. I see squirrels racing along the tree limbs jumping from tree to tree.
Walking Along a Bamboo Section
I stop to look at the bamboo. It doesn’t go along the whole trail, it’s really just a small section, but the greenery is so soothing and calming. I breathe in deeply and feel refreshed. What a variety of plant life we see along the trail!
Other people are out walking or riding their bikes. I wonder if they, too, feel renewed as they take time to get some exercise in the fresh air. Do they notice the variety of animals and plants? I saw a family of four riding their bikes together having a lovely time. You could hear the joy in their voices. It was a treat to see and hear them.
[bctt tweet=”I realized that we need to get out more. We need to go walking, spending time in nature, reflecting on all that God has provided.” username=”GaylWright”]
Besides lifting our spirits there are physical benefits to walking that are worth taking the time. I’ve heard that walking is one of the best exercises we can do. How beautiful to be able to do it outside in nature where all creation praises God!
Praise the Lord from the earth,
all sea monsters and ocean depths,
lightning and hail, snow and cloud,
stormy wind that executes his command,
mountains and all hills,
fruit trees and all cedars,
wild animals and all cattle,
creatures that crawl and flying birds,
kings of the earth and all peoples,
princes and all judges of the earth,
young men as well as young women,
old and young together.
Let them praise the name of the Lord,
for his name alone is exalted.
His majesty covers heaven and earth.
You will indeed go out with joy
and be peacefully guided;
the mountains and the hills will break into singing before you,
and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.
[bctt tweet=”May you all have a lovely Sunday, filled with blessings and joy and maybe some time outside in nature!” username=”GaylWright”]
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