Apparently today has been declared by someone to be national Take a Hike Day.
I am quite certain that this designation of the day is intended to encourage people to step out into the great outdoors–to take deep drafts of the crisp Autumn air into their lungs as they exercise and to bring into their souls a renewed appreciation of, if not a more profound sense of connection to, their natural surroundings.
As I type this post, I am sitting by a wide window and looking out into the ten-acre woods immediately behind our lot, and I admit that even I feel somewhat inspired to get out into nature—to walk among the trees, to kick up the dense cover of leaves, to watch the squirrels and chipmunks darting around. I might very well also see groundhogs and deer and, if I wait a few hours until it is closer to…
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