What do you do during the quietest days of winter to enjoy nature and the outdoors?
I had a really nice hike the other day…
Though it was cold outside, (no snow or flooded ground) there was nothing but clear skies and clear footing, making it a very delightful day to amble about and enjoy.
It’s amazing how different the light is during the winter. It’s also so clear and fresh, following a much needed wet December. Hopefully – this is going to continue-on, to fill reservoirs and quell the drought.
As you can see below, here are just a few of the beauties enjoyed during the hike.
I had to ask, what is it that we do with Mistletoe? It was hanging from some leafless oak trees.
The hike made me feel happy and serene. It’s funny how something so simple and easy to do can have such impact in your life.
The shrub above, California native: Heteromeles arbutifolia (Toyon), was peppered throughout our walk. In shadier aspects, the shrubby more compact version, seen in the photo above, was stretched – growing taller and slightly less dense. Nature!
Though it’s just the start to January, and a brand new year, I know that walks and hikes outdoors and in nature will be a staple in the months to come.
Hope that no matter what type of weather you are experiencing this winter, you are able to get out and enjoy your surroundings and the elements. 🙂
PS: Planning a hike? Here are a few recommended essentials to bring along with you. First, a good hiking guide book can help to steer you on a more exciting and fulfilling hike. I’ve included my Amazon link for the Northern California region but you can find hiking books on Amazon for wherever you live.
Sunscreen! So important, even in winter. Go for a broad spectrum sunscreen that offers protection against both UVA and UVB rays.
Last – don’t forget your water bottle. Remember when there was just Nalgene? Now the selection is endless. And if you find it hard to drink plain water, you can now buy a water bottle with fruit infuser option.