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A Love Letter to the Great Outdoors

February 15, 2018

This Valentines's Day, enjoy this letter to the great outdoors. The true love that is always there for you. Read it at

This week we are celebrating Valentine’s Day, the day of love. 

The one day out of the year dedicated to telling that special person in your life just how much you love them, and how much they mean to you.  It’s that popular holiday so many set aside for romantic candlelit dinners, red roses, and chocolate covered strawberries.  Or better yet, romantic hikes as the sun is setting.  Because for many of us, nature is our greatest passion.

This Valentine’s Day, I want to take a moment to reflect on what the outdoors has given us, and share with you a little love letter to the great outdoors.

Nature, we love you…. 

I behold the beauty of you.

I find beauty in your colors.  The ever-changing colors of the leaves in the fall, the vivid colors of the moss growing on the forest trees.  The magnificent paintings in the sky as the sun sets and rises again.

I find beauty in your variety.  No two trees are the same, whether they be tall, flimsy, twisted, or leafy.  Every waterfall is different, yet they are all magnificent.  The melodious song of a bird varies by region.  No two sunsets are the same, and they are all spectacular.  It is the individuality of these things that make you so intriguing, so irresistible.

I find beauty in your smell.  The flowers, the pine trees, the refreshing smell after a fresh rainfall.  There is a certain scent that only you can satisfy me with.

I find beauty in your sounds.  The sound of the birds chirping and rain trickling.  The sound of leaves crunching and the river rushing.

I find beauty in your changing seasons.  The sunshine peeking through the forest trees. The falling leaves and the ice-covered waterfalls.  The soft blanket of snow covering the beaten path.  You radiate beauty in every season.

I find beauty in your newness.  Dead standing trees amongst very old, still living trees, and young sapling that have their whole life ahead of them.  You remind me of the cycle of life.  With death also comes the beauty of new life. 

I find beauty in your stillness.  Because of you, I can drown out the noise our culture creates, and encounter the silence and stillness my soul desperately needs. 

When surrounded by your beauty, time has a unique way of slowing down. 

The chaos of the world is put on pause when we are captivated by your glory, embracing your breathtaking views and inhaling your crisp, cool air. 

No matter what the weather may bring, you are faithfully there.  Rain or shine, snow or ice, it makes no difference to me.  I can rest assured I will always feel recharged after soaking in your presence.    

Thank you for reminding me to slow down and live life to the fullest. 


Nature... thank you from the bottom of my heart for teaching me, for your faithful friendship, for hiking this journey of life with me. 

How we love you so!

Yours Truly,

The I’d Hike That Crew

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