But for me yesterday it didn’t, thanks to the sun, a good compass and paying attention.
The same 3 points apply: keeping your eyes on the Son, careful attention to Him, His Word (a surer compass I know not of!) and attentiveness to His desires even beyond our perceived needs. I spend some of these trips just sitting, praying, watching and listening.
So my dear Father-in-law Curt and I have taken these day trips every so often. Restful, fun and we both enjoy taking and exchanging pics from different areas in each forest we visit. I sometimes get a little hunting in, he is just about ready to do some fishing again and I may join him in that. Regardless, nature’s beauty is a tonic to us both.
Both of us were raised in Wisconsin, boys who love the woods, new sights and sounds, a bit of adventure.
Here are just a few shots from my phone taken yesterday in central Illinois in Matthiessen State Park on/near the Vermilion River.
Tell you what, I walked up and down a lot of steep ridges, in and out of valleys, about 4-5 miles… so exercise was also had 🙂
Climbing up and down with a pack was at times a bit warm, but most of the day I was under the trees, a cool breeze blew through and really it was quite nice. About a ten minute cool rain fell just as I left the woods which I enjoyed it sort of half-sitting beneath one of the few trees near the road. Its leaves had already turned mostly red with a bit of yellow. Beautiful.
And my fave season- Autumn -is just around the corner… yahoo!
Thanks for stopping by! -Glenn