By Daniel Connell
Here’s the rules: each letter of the name of the trail must be the beginning of a sentence that you will use to create a poem or a haiku or a limerick – bonus points for humor. Here’s an example of a trail that we have in our back yard. Yahi Trail.
Y – You close your eyes inhaling the sweet smell of sugar pine,
A- An owl hoots in the distance, you feel at home with nature,
H- Hours pass, the stars are over head,
I- Imagine staying in this majestic wilderness forever.
Easy, right? Well, maybe not super easy, but you end up with something kind of special. Even if you don’t choose to do it this way, even just writing down a few sentences or thoughts can help trigger beautiful memories later.
These sentences are an accumulation of thoughts or feelings from past adventures:
In Craters of the Moon National Monument we hiked to the top of a small cinder cone. On the summit, there was a large lonely pine tree. The sap oozed from the pine cones and the fragrant scent wrapped us in the sweet smell that we have know so often out in nature.
In the Alabama hills, we camped in a dark desolate landscape, two owls hooted to one another for what seemed like an eternity, I was lost in thoughts of how they live and hunt in the night. Being a nightshifter I felt connected to them in some odd way.
The stars in the grand canyon were so epic and amazing, there was no light to drown out their beauty. As the hours passed, I could see new constellations rising over the canyon walls, the opposite cliffs obscured the sinking moon from sight.
Returning home is sometimes difficult, knowing we will be far from the places we love to visit, but when we look to the stars or smell the pine trees in our local places, we are able to recapture the moments of pure unadulterated happiness the wilderness offers.
Have you kept journals while you’re hiking or played any fun word games to stay amused or preserve memories? Please share your thoughts in the comments below and don’t forget to like, share, and follow us for more adventures! Thanks for reading!