I am really amazed by some of the people and places I see on Instagram. Everyone I follow lately seems to be hiking to the top of a mountain and spending the night in a fire lookout shelter. It can make me feel inadequate. Like I have to be a super adventurous 20-something, wearing really cute hiking gear. Unless I get a time machine, this is simply not happening. And that’s okay.
In fact, it’s better than okay. Because I have the freedom to be me. To live the life that works for me and my family. Last week this was squeezing in a quick hike. For an hour and a half we enjoyed the Cathedral Hills trails just outside the city limits of Grants Pass. We were out in nature, enjoying ourselves, seeking beautiful vistas. We found a trail that was stroller accessible, so our toddler “hiked” while sitting. It was a great day. It was simple. But the best part was that we did it.
Do you have a favorite simple hike? Or simple joy?