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The Lure of the Trails Calls Me

Updated on August 24, 2012

Hiking Pictures

Sandy on a swing in the woods
Sandy on a swing in the woods
A stairway in the woods
A stairway in the woods
Boulder formation
Boulder formation
Bridge over the creek
Bridge over the creek
Deer poking head out of the woods
Deer poking head out of the woods
A great view of the river
A great view of the river
The first signs of fall
The first signs of fall
A hazy day view of the mountains
A hazy day view of the mountains
A heron on the lake
A heron on the lake
James River Foot Bridge
James River Foot Bridge
Lily pads on the pond
Lily pads on the pond
The sun setting
The sun setting
Sharp Top Mountain, Peaks of Otter
Sharp Top Mountain, Peaks of Otter
The lure of the trail
The lure of the trail
Wildflowers in the woods
Wildflowers in the woods

I Am The Happy Wanderer

There's an old Girl Scout song about hiking called The Happy Wanderer. The last verse in the song goes like this:

"Oh, may I go a-wandering
Until the day I die.
And may I always laugh and sing
Beneath God's clear blue sky."

That song speaks out to me about the joy I feel when I'm out in the woods. I grew up a tomboy and love being outdoors, especially on the trails in the woods. There's a peace you find in the woods that you just don't find anywhere else.

Don't get me wrong. I absolutely love the beach and would live there if I could. But the woods, well, they just fill me with peace deep down inside. If you love the woods too, I don't have to explain to you what I like to much about being there.

As kids, we spent a lot of time hiking and playing in the woods. We climbed trees, built dams in creeks, caught tree toads to take home and had fun. The kind of fun that doesn't require batteries!

I try to get out in the woods still as often as I can but work and other obligations makes it not often enough. But when I do go out there, I take pictures to savor the memories. It's too bad that the camera can't really catch the essence of the woods but it does an okay job.

So here are some pictures to share with you of various hikes in the woods. Sometimes I find wildflowers, sometimes a squirrel or deer will pop out, thankfully no bears yet. Often the prettiest sight I see is the sky peeking through the trees or the sun setting. Enjoy!

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