Thursday, April 21, 2016

A to Z- Authentic Inspiration: Rock Bridge State Park

Almost 2 years ago I made the decision to move back to my hometown.  I had been overseas on and off since I graduated from college.  It has been during the past two years that I have literally fallen in love with my city, and the trails that surround me. 

I grew up literally 5 minutes from Rock Bridge State Park.   I didn't take advantage of this fact when I was younger, but I totally take advantage of it now. 

Yesterday we had an early release day, in order to get grades completed.  I decided to go for a hike. 

I forget how much hiking does in my soul, until I am out actually doing it.  For me hiking a trail is a time when I can let the worries of the world slowly slip away.  There is just something about being out in nature that I find so amazingly wonderful.  To be following this distinct path, winding around the woods...and just being able to think through things.  It inspires me so much on this level that I am not sure I can even put into words. 

Placing one foot in front of the other, knowing that through the ups and downs on this trail...I will have accomplished something in the end.  I will end my journey, having worked through a lot of the mess that gets stuck inside my head. 

I am so thankful for a place to go and hike, so close to my home.  I am thankful that I have a trail that I love.  I am inspired by what I see.  I am inspired because looking at trees and flowers reminds me that there is something bigger than myself.  It reminds me that I am not alone.  It reminds me that if I keep fighting, and keep living my dreams.....that is enough. 

Do you have a place that inspires you?  A park, a trail?  How do you get out and enjoy nature? 


Kimberly Yavorski said...

Rock Bridge sounds familiar. Where is it? (I am always looking for a new hike.)

Liz A. said...

How lovely to have such a great place to hike. There are some nice places around here, but I don't get to them.

Liz A. from Laws of Gravity
& Unicorn Bell ("Rewind")

Aathira said...

Such an inspiring post. It makes me want to go on a hike or at least a long walk by myself.

Weekends in Maine said...

How wonderful that you have a park with trails so close to you. We have an awesome trail system in Maine too with so many fantastic hikes. I love that spring is finally here and I can start checking them out again.

Weekends in Maine

Masked Mom said...

Definitely makes me want to get outside--the weather has not been terribly cooperative here yet. My favorite place to go for just getting out in nature is Lyman Run State Park in Pennsylvania--I talked about it in my "P" post.

Sharon Himsl said...

You were very fortunate to rediscover your hometown again. I never returned to mine other than to visit. Good for you, and so healthy to be hiking too.

tawnya said...

Rock Bridge State Park is in Columbia, MO. Sorry to just get back to you!

Thanks for stopping by everyone!