@lindalittlewing It started like this 🌳👣🌳
Believe it or not, I didn’t use to be an “outdoorsy” person. After college, I mostly lived in big cities, didn’t hike much at all and preferred brunches and heels over nature. I’m not sure what changed or why, when I started trail running one spring years ago. This was before I lived in my van, before flying, jumping, climbing, before the nomad adventuring.
I started trail running, sprinting through green forests like this one. I spent entire solo days and many miles sun-dappled, pollen-coated, heart-freed. Something in the awakening of that springtime forest spoke to an awakening in me.
I came with many anxieties, doubts and fears; and footstep by footstep, the green-filtered sunshine, the sounds of exuberant life and the smell of the growing earth melted that bs away. Melted it all away until it was just me, fully feeling and more so, fully acknowledging the joy of our oh so fleeting lives. And strangely - or maybe completely and totally un-strangely - I felt so much *more* alive with the green life around me than I did living in a city of millions.
Not long after, I took the big leaps - I started jumping, I stepped out of the prepackaged script, I moved into my rv, I spread my wings. I left the cities for good, with my heart drawn towards green mountains, blue skies, red deserts. Towards freedom.
I still don’t know the why of it - why then, why there, why at all - but it doesn’t matter does it? I know that something in me bloomed with that forest and remains deeply rooted, tendrils from synapses to fingertips to toes. And now here I am. On a path seeded by that bloom - ever branching, exploring, growing 🌿
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