For me, it’s being immersed in the places I find in my gravel travels and wandering the land. The smell of wet leaves rotting into the ground, the loud sound that quiet makes, seeing a fleeting vision of a wild animal, and being able to sit for hours watching a muskrat and birds on a backcountry slough. The realization that spring is near with the discovery of the first shoots of green grass poking out of the ground. To go outside and smell the rain coming and the freshness it leaves in the aftermath. The moon, the stars, and watching the clouds make shapes before they gather up and disappear. These are the things I go looking for when I feel unsettled, want to clear the cobwebs, need the inspiration to write, and especially just be one with nature and the land.
I know connecting with nature is not for everyone, but I have to tell you, it gives me great pleasure to introduce someone to the benefits of being immersed in the outdoors. To see the look of uncertainty in their eyes change to an ‘oh wow’ realization that this might be okay is exciting for them and me.