Saturday, June 1, 2013

My Favorite Place to Hike...


"If you can't be in awe of Mother Nature, there's something wrong with you" ~Alex Trebek

Sunday afternoon I took advantage of the amazing weather and went hiking at a placed called The Pinnacles in Berea, KY. It is my favorite hiking destination. I normally go at least once per month. Once I arrived at the top, I simply sat and appreciated the view. This is my favorite part of hiking…just taking it all in. Something about the scenery makes you reach into a deeper part of your soul.

I took a moment to just sit there in silence and enjoy the sound of “nothingness”. No cars, traffic, machinery, etc. Just the sound of the wind whistling through the trees and the birds in the distance. It’s amazing what some time with Mother Nature can do for you. It was pure tranquility. The fact that the birds were singing in the distance at the top of their lungs made this experience every bit as powerful to the ears as it was to the eyes.

Do you get a chance to nature hike very often? If so, what type of area do you hike to?

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  1. Loving that photo of you ... but I have to admit, when I travel to remote/quiet/serene places, I have to at least have my camera with me :) We live in AZ (desert central!) ... but just a quick 2 hour trip can take us to Sedona or Prescott ... two of our fave places to get away too and see some amazing nature views :)

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  2. I'm not much of an outdoors person, so I rarely hike. However, I do appreciate going somewhere out in nature and just sitting and listening and taking it all in. I find a lot of inspiration for my poetry there.

    Have a wonderful weekend, Keith.

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  3. This post is a definite truism. There is a retreat outside of town in the mountains but it's a little pricy and not many locals attend. Dr. Bernard Jensen has always been my hero so I had to attend when he gave his last workshop there at age 90 something. After a week with such solitude and spiritual people, I drove down to the highway and suddenly the sound of cars hurt my ears and it took several days to adjust to a city again.

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  4. On a recent trip to Portland, OR we hiked at Smith Rock and it was awesome. No power lines, vehicle traffic, etc. Sheer beauty everywhere and I loved it.

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  5. oh i love nature....last weekend we walked the old railtracks to the train tunnel through the mountain and then on through it....it was for an 80 year old friends birthday...my wife and i hiked the highest mountain in va...in the middle of the night to watch the sun rise from the top of the world...now that was cool...

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  6. A great photo of you Keith. I used to love being outdoors, working in the yard or garden, etc. I miss those things.

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  7. Being in such places as you describe is magical. Actually walking to get there is not so good.

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  8. That is a lovely view from where you are ~ I would love to hike if I can at every opportunity, especially during spring, and summer ~ Unfortunately the dry seasons here are too short ~

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  9. I mostly walk in the neighbourhood, your hike sounds fantastic and what a great view.

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  10. There is nothing quite like getting away from it all - as I live in the country I prefer coastal hikes preferably along deserted salt marshes with just a big blue sky and the call of sea birds - magic.

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  11. Looks like an amazing place! I love being outdoors hiking, walking, exploring... There's no better place for me. We have many places nearby where you can hike through, some more elevated than others.

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  12. I don't get out hiking very often (few places close by) but I know what you mean by the sound of nothing. Silence is rare in our lives now. There's always some sound in the background.

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  13. I don't do much hiking, but when I do it's at the local arboretum.

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  14. I've never been on such excursion or hiking :/....here in India, not sure why, but life seem so busy, that we end up breathing polluted air, and watching skyscrapers...though none of these bring any awe inspiring moment...though I love being amid the mother nature, and when ever my life permits me to, I prefer greenery of hills and valleys over beaches...

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  15. Lucky you to be able to hike in such a beautiful area. No, sadly, I don't nature hike anymore. I can barely get around the house. I used to though and I can close my eyes and go there again in memory.

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  16. Wow, what a wonderful place to hike!
    I am going away on hiking trips quite frequently these days.
    My favourite places are the north-west of Scotland, north Wales, and south-west Cornwall...such amazing places!:)

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  17. My family and I don't hike much in the summer -- too many ticks and mosquitoes and snakes to be worth it, plus the heat -- but come fall, we're all over the Georgia mountain state parks! Nothing like hiking up a mountain on a worn-down, earthy path weaving between rocks and trees, unable to see anything but the thick canopies of pines when you look up. The fresh, crisp mountain air coursing through your lungs and blood....No place in the world I'd rather be.

    Looks like you found a great place to hike about, my friend! Glad you had fun. :D

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  18. That view looks sublime. How lovely to just sit and contemplate.

    I love walking anywhere in the country, with open fields, big skies and the odd sleepy village, but my favourite is walking in woodland, with dappled light and wild flowers.

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  19. i stay right here at home. peace, quiet, nature. yes, there's sounds of trucks or tractors and barking dogs, but still...

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  20. What a gorgeous view! I think that's the thing I miss most since moving away from the Rockies--the hike, the view, the quite, the magnitude of the stars from a peak. On a deeper level, seeing life from one of the extremes (high or low) definitely give us perspective, eh?

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  21. Getting out is the best thing one can do. Hiking is the best part.

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  22. The rain and wind has been so intense I've not been able to get out as I like but today...ah, today the blue returned and I'm going to get out there for sure! Arriving at the top is a marvelous feeling isn't it?

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  23. I don't get the time to enjoy nature as much as I would like but when I do... you are right, there is a lot of beauty to enjoy.

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  24. I've never had the chance to go hiking but that place sounds pretty nice. I don't know if I'd even be able to hike but I do love mother nature and think that it would afford some amazing views.

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  25. I went today, the weather was shitty but the view was amazing so it makes up for shitty weather!

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  26. The last place I hiked was in the mountains of New Mexico. I'm guessing a long walk on the beach doesn't really count as a hike :)

    I feel the same as you about taking it all in. Great quote from Alex Trebek.

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  27. You're doing it like I enjoy hiking. The nothingness is exactly what I'm looking for too. The views come in second.

    Have a fabulous weekend. :)

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  28. I used to hike very often when I lived in California. Here in Texas it's not exactly pleasant to go outdoors (dust, heat, assorted critters). I occasionally hiked at Twin Buttes near San Angelo. It's a nice place but the abundant rattlesnakes unnerved me.

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  29. I'm not much of a hiker. Though trails abound in this area. I do love the out-of-doors, though. We've had some really beautiful weather lately, lots of sun, balmy air (well, balmy for the desert) and the trees are just incredibly lush and wavy and friendly right now!

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  30. Yes! I of course do the high country. With summer coming, I'm looking forward to the transformation of the tundra.

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  31. Oh, I loved Berea the two times I was there. Sigh! We have what is called the Oak Leaf Trail nearby. I love to walk one part of it or another with one dog or another. People use it for walking OR biking OR jogging. It is woodsy in most places, winds around small streams in other places. One can see deer, birds, etc. In fact, when I stop posting here I am gonna go out and walk a bit of it right now....with one of the pups.

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  32. Would like to, but stuck in the crummy city, so not often Sounds like a great spot.

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  33. I haven't been there for awhile but I like to hike around Jubilee Lake in the Blue Mountains of Oregon. It's a great place to walk in the tall evergreens if you are not up to the up and down in the mountains. I try to go early in the season as it seems to be getting "loved" to death in the summer.

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  34. I don't hike very often but Chimney Rock in NC has great views

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  35. This is gorgeous! I need to get out and hike more.

    Melissa
    wildflwrchild.blogspot.com

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  36. I used to hike with the hubby but I have osteoarthritis in my knee's and a couple of other problems so I don't do much hiking these days. We used to go up to the mountains of Mt Charleston here in Las Vgeas when we went. Nice up there.

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  37. What a beautiful place to hike! So lush and green! I don't get out to hike as much as I used to, but it does restore your soul! xo

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  38. Th best kept secret of Oakland is that there is hundreds of acres of mountain trails within five mins of us. I go with friends every Wed and am thinking of going more often. Better than a gym

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  39. Looks like you had a marvelous day. I love hiking in mountains but the seashore is where my heart lies
    Wishing you a delightful weekend
    Helen xx

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  40. That sound of silence you refer to, brought a wonderful Yukon memory to mind. I use to love walking for miles up North, enjoying true silence, even only a short distance from the downtown area of Whitehorse. You look so happy in this pic Keith! Are you wearing gloves, kind of hard to tell, just curious. I guess that can be a good idea for a steep climb!! ;<)

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  41. We have a few forest areas around Omaha, Nebraska. I like going to our state park called Mahoney State Park. When I lived in Atlanta, Georgia we hiked up the back side of Stone Mountain a lot. It was so close to where we lived.

    I love your hiking spot. That looks like a wonderful view!

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  42. God tells us so many times to be still, how can we hear Him when everything else is making so much noise? An amazing view, a moment of stillness and silence, and good exercise, you have it ALL!

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  43. Wow, what a great view. That is the beauty of hiking. Getting there usually means carefully watching foot placement but once there, the view is so worth it.
    Now days I go to the National Forest which is close by. Good trails.

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  44. Ahhh you finally get to the top and blog about it when I can barely make it around the park. 1 more month though and I will be headed that way with a baby on my back! Can't wait!

    PS did you know that google friend connect is stopping in July? You should definitely get a bloglovin account if you haven't already and put it up so we all can follow you through there!

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    1. You'll be able to do it again soon enough. :)

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  45. Got lots of it in our own back yard...and are very appreciative of it. Great post!

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  46. Rarely have the chance but a walk around our country town isn't too bad either, especially along the river.

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  47. I am very blessed to be retired and living in the woods now-so I can experience the wonder of nature every day-I love it

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  48. I love hiking and being in the woods. I know exactly what you mean about sitting and taking it in. I also get this feeling out on my kayak - it's just so peaceful.

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  49. I love walking in the woods but don't do it nearly as much as I'd like. We're having a rainy weekend. :(

    http://joycelansky.blogspot.com

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  50. O wow, what a view! I used to love hiking in places like Canada and Nepal, anywhere with beautiful landscapes and cool weather really; on this tropical island, there's not much opportunity for that!

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  51. No hiking here, though the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is full of options!

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  52. That's a nice view! I didn't do much hiking this summer, superb busy working on weekends. Have great week!:)

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  53. I (sometimes) hike in the Summer. My favorite place so far were Peaks of Europe. Breathtaking!

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  54. Never been there! Will definitely have to try it out. I love to hike and some of my favorite places include Natural Bridge and Raven's Run. Big difference in size and location, but both are beautiful places.

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  55. That looks wonderful! I really don't get to get away often. Sandie

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  56. wow, I wish we had hiking places in South Florida...

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  57. I like the park by the river. And the other night we went up to a nearby lake. It was nice to be away from traffic noise. Stillness is good for the soul.

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  58. Looks like a great hiking location.

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  59. I like to hike in the Sangre De Cristo mountains that here close to Santa Fe. I hike there last weekend and was planning another hike this weekend but unfortunately we have two wildfires burning. One fire is burning to the West of us and one to the East of us and the air quality is bad right now. Here's hoping for rain.

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  60. I dont get to hike as much as I would like - but I used to live in The Lake District in the UK - and more of less any walk away from your front door was great. Now, I spend more time in coastal areas - but soon I'm off to the central desert areas of Oz. All good.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne.

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  61. I love hiking off the beaten path a bit to where you can climb a little higher and look out over the world and just sit there in the sounds of the earth instead of the sounds of the world.

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  62. Walking out in nature is my meditation! Can't be without it.

    Lovely shot of you!

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  63. Hi Keith - it must be glorious and then to just sit with peace all around you .. nature at its best.

    I've never been the best walker/hiker .. but enjoy the times out and would love to do it - but the legs and bod have never appreciated it .. for some reason. I still walk as much as pos ... and must get to do more ..

    I like LadyFi's idea .. walking is her meditation .. cheers Hilary

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  64. The sound of nothingness is hauntingly beautiful~

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  65. Hubby and I love to hike and we both enjoy nature! After working all week, I enjoy getting out and enjoying the great outdoors. Have a happy week ahead!

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  66. I had a similar chance when I was travelling in the northern part of Scotland. It was amazing to be one with nature, and since I love hills the whole experience was exhilarating , away from civilization where you don't hear any sound for miles and miles of walking. :)

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  67. I crave the silence and solitude, the refuge of the mountains. I truly do.
    To be away from traffic, tv, phones, peeps constantly jabbering. It seems harder and harder these days to find quiet, but I manage to escape quite often. I need it.
    Like you, the birds are my favorite part of the sweet, sweet "nothingness".

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  68. Moments like that do rock, and that's a great pic!

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  69. I love to hike, and often walk at our local park or on our 5 acre property, which is partially wooded and has a small stream. I agree, there's something therapeutic about it. Will have to check out The Pinnacles; Berea is about an hour away, so it would make a good day trip for us.

    Have a great week!

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  70. That is so great, good for you! There is nothing like climbing to that destination to sit and just enjoy.

    It is a beautiful thing this is for sure. I would LOVE to go hiking in beautiful Kentucky. It must be breathtaking.

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  71. Looks like a great place to BE! Always enjoy your musings and have used some of your photos on a jigsaw puzzle program.

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  72. I used to hike a lot more, but my knees have curtailed it. There is a couple of trails around here that I love to go to, and just listen like you said. Amazing what you hear when we are quiet!

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  73. We hike every chance we get, given that we've got hiking outside our back door. We take the dogs (although they are getting older and it is harder for them to recover so we don't do long hikes with them anymore) and put the kid in the back pack. One of my favorites is a hike to Heart Lake outside of Denver. It is the trail my husband proposed to me on while we were snowshoeing. We hike 14er's, 13er's and all kinds of trail from easy front range trails, to harder elevated trails. Though I won't be doing any technical mountains. We probably won't get to a 14er this summer until late July or so. There is still a lot of snow on the mountains.

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  74. Don't hike - the joints just won't take it. I was never much of a hiker anyway - too hot, dusty, and buggy for me. My place of refuge is the beach. We like to walk there (until my ankles screams "enough!") and then just sit and watch the waves roll in again and again. It's very peaceful to me, and the sunsets are the best!

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  75. I love a good hike, and the fact that the cell service is not strong up at Mt. Charleston and Redrock (our local beauties) make it that much more beautiful....we are forced to let Mother Nature invade our minds and spirit!
    Have a great week,
    Nathalie

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  76. PS: Oh, that's your pockets! Silly me. ;<)

    Happy Week Keith.

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  77. I'm sure you know my answer to this question!!! I enjoy a walk like that most mornings. : )
    BTW - Thanks for all the comments you leave on my blog. They are most appreciated!

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  78. I live quite close to Dartmoor which can be remote and unforgiving, but absolutely beautiful on a sunny day. Stunning views all the way out to the English Channel.

    Your photo reminds me a little bit of Dartmoor.

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  79. Hiking is one of my favorite things to do when traveling. I've been to Berea KY many times, but never hiked there. Gonna have to do that one of these days.

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  80. I just love to walk around my little town..on the streets that I've been doing it all of my life...50 years or so...not quite hiking, but certainly do love the walk about

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  81. I love that at my new job I'll be hiking all of the time! It's so great to be reconnected with nature.

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  82. I love hiking. Here in Wisconsin there are many places to go hiking. Nature is the best refuge for the soul. Have a lovely week.

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  83. You probably know I'm a keen cyclist but I also love running in the hills behind where I live. Spending time with Mother Nature with landscape views is one of my greatest pleasures.

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  84. Nice photo!
    I love to hike the ranch land, or anywhere! Every place has something to offer.

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  85. I don't hike a lot, but reading this has kind of motivated me to do it.

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  86. You are blessed to know how, when and where to renew your inner self. You will always be thankful for this gift. Since I am from coastal Maine, my happiest moments are out on the water exploring inlets and islands...and, of course, I always have my camera. The wildlife is amazing as is the beauty of sky, rock and water. It fills me with wonder and lasts throughout our very long cold winter.

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  87. We live in a wonderful area for hiking...except for so much rain!

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  88. that looks like a lovely place! there's some really nice areas in yorkshire, but i can't say that i go that often! x

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  89. Whenever my husband and I go for a morning walk on the beach, I always feel a sense of calm and peace - looking out at the expanse of the Gulf, watching the tide pool around our feet, searching for shells and sand dollars. I only wish we lived closer to it! :)

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  90. we hike often, there are an abudance of trails in our area which we utilize fully. i love what you said about taking it all in, its entirely rejuvinating. almost like hitting the reset button, if you ask me :)

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  91. I've only been to the Pinnacles once. I went before my foot surgery two years ago and haven't made it back yet. It's on my Summer Bucket List though.

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  92. Good afternoon my friend,
    I definately agree with you.
    We all need time to be at peace and to be connected with the «self».

    If I have the time, I will follow that advice of yours. Everything is just so stressing and noisy here in the city...it is great to have the chance to hike or go for a walk somewhere.

    Feel free to visit anytime.

    God bless you **

    http://pt-en-life.blogspot.com

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  93. Hiking n trekking on a good-weather day...what else one needs :P

    I rarely get chance to do that.. but whenever I get.. I never loose it :)

    hope u r doing fine Keith... visiting after a long time :)

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  94. Oh Keith every chance I get I am sure if I did not get out in the middle of the forest I would wither and die it is incredibly healing. Great spot you found. B

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  95. Beautiful post Keith, thank you for reminding me of the serenity and healing energy of nature. Very nice photo also!
    I walk 3 miles a day and part of it is straight uphill. There is a small creek on my hike where the water flows into a rushing punchbowl - it is my appreciation station and I like to go there to think and reflect. Ahhhhhhh I feel better just thinking about connecting to nature!!

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  96. I enjoy the view and the peace once I make it to the top. The hike up there not so much lol. My favorite is to hike in the NC mountains in the fall, the leaves are beautiful!

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  97. Every Sunday I go for wery long walks. I walk a couple of hours in the woods. I feel grateful to Nature that she is giving unconditional love, I feel grateful to myself that I want to take care of myself :)in the forest it's just me and God...

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  98. we've got some really nice nature paths around this part of michigan. the mister and i have enjoyed taking the mac-dog on adventures this spring/ summer.

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  99. That looks like a beautiful place to hike! We try to go to the state park and do the hike trails several times a year. I agree, it's nice connecting to Mother Nature out there!

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  100. That's a great view. I like watching the houses in the distance. I live in a city and I enjoy looking in windows of houses I pass on the street, especially at night. Even when I'm out in nature, somehow I'm always looking for signs of people... the candy wrappers and cans they recklessly left behind, their shoe prints in the path...

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  101. Look at you, Keith. I think you might realise my appreciation of getting out there and being as one with nature in the natural balance. After all, "Klahanie", means, "the great outdoors."

    Yay Alex Trebek, another awesome Canadian, eh!

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  102. I don't get a chance to hike very often, but when I do I like to adventure to Squire's castle or the Slippery Edges in Ohio! It is so peaceful there. I could stay for hours.

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  103. I don't really like hiking. I hate the sun, I hate the allergies, and I hate the insects. :\

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  104. It sounds amazing!!! We walk the Wekiva trails but I have a feeling it's not as wondrous as The Pinnacles. I know that feeling you describe, it's like soul food. I get it when I go to the beach on a quiet day or I'm out on the water. :)

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  105. Wonderful to just take it all in :)

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  106. I enjoy walking in the mountains, in the woods, and near any body of water. Heck, I even enjoy walking in the city. Not gonna do much of that, though. My hubby isn't a fan of big crowds.

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  107. Absolutely beautiful! I love to hike and I love nature! I plan on doing lots of hikes this summer with my kids. They have so much to experience!

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  108. Sad to say, there are no real hills around here, but I hike anyway and when around mountains, I head toward the top.

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  109. It looks so pretty there! What a wonderful hiking spot!

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  110. Took this advice this weekend, you are wise ;)

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  111. I love being in nature, that's what I do to relax. I just like being outdoors to explore things and see the world. :) Cool photo, Keith! :)

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  112. LOVE and so truly believe in your quote!

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  113. That is the peace I enjoy when I visit the beach. I love to hear the sound of the ocean, the seagulls and the children laughing.

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  114. what a nice place to hike- obviously not far from your home- lucky you! Since we moved to the Mt Shasta area of California we haven't had much time to hike....but we live on 10.5 acres and we have that peaceful silence with us everyday along with the mountain views.
    One of my favorite hikes is up Neahkahnie Mountain on the Oregon Coast not far from Manzanita. It's an uphill slog, but the view is worth it! Have a great week!

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  115. I wish I could...I would love to experience reaching the top and it's tranquility.

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  116. I went to the sea, the sea to look and see.......!!

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  117. I feel myself more awed by architecture and made made structures. I guess there's something wrong with me ;-)

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  118. No hiking for me, but I am blessed to live on a lake, next to the woods, so a visit in my yard or deck gives me this peaceful, beautiful scenery and feeling...every day!

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  119. I don't hike nearly as much as I used to. I love that feeling of being up so high taking in every quiet noise.

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  120. Wow...you have plush scenery about you...I don't get a chance to do much hiking these days even though there is a short hike close to us. Our cities are packed with people as are the trails close to the cities. I used to hike religiously everywhere else I lived in my life...and I too tended to repeat some...just my personal hideaway ...a favorite was in Harper's Ferry area. Glad you are enjoying and taking in all the beauty around you. Take care!

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  121. I rarely go hiking anymore. I used to love it. I hate to blame the kids, but my schedule is often taken up with their activities now. They are big enough to hike with me though, so that's what I need to start doing!!

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  122. We live near a canal with a "tow path," formerly used by mules to pull small barges. It's now maintained as a state park. Hiking on the tow path doesn't give us scenic vistas, but it does afford us surprising encounters with aquatic animals.

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  123. So true. I had been out of action due to knee problems, but in the last few weeks I have made baby steps (!) towards running and hiking again and realised how much I had missed it. Being in nature, combined with exercise, is the best antidote to anxiety. Love the photo! x

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  124. Your favourite hiking place looks wonderful. I love hiking on the Denbigh moors near where I live, or up in the mountains in Snowdonia if I'm feeling more adventurous. I've recently bought new hiking boots and am hoping to break them in soon!

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  125. Looks a lovely place to hike! I walk along a part of my local river every week as a volunteer for the river conservation trust. Plus most weekends I go out with my partner to hike somewhere around Edinburgh. There are so many lovely green spaces to visit here!

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  126. I am so glad that I'm not the only person that "GETS" the point of Nature. :) You need to get out west and visit some of the National parks. I haven't been to Yellowstone yet but plan to go in the next few years. I can only imagine how wonderful it's going to be.

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  127. Last week I hiked to the top of Multnomah Falls. It's always a treat.

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  128. Nice! I live in Richmond so I am really close to the Pinnacles!

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  129. I used to hike a lot as a child and teenager, most of my family holidays involved camping and hiking!

    But when I moved to Europe for university I stopped. Never met anyone who did it, didn't have a car to get around, other activities got in the way... One thing led to another and years of no hiking! Until I went to visit my sister in Wales one year and climbed Mt Snowdon with her. And I was like "Man I miss this!!!". Slowly got back in the game. First in Belgium, then on a trip to New Zealand... now I'm hiking regularly here in Alicante and totally re-discovering my province! And LOVING it!!!

    But summer's round the corner, and it's waaaaay too hot here in summer to hike. So now I'll just enjoy the sea and leave the mountains for September. ;o)

    Speaking of the sea: it was World Oceans Day this weekend! Did you do anything fishy to celebrate? ;o)

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  130. Great photo, what a view! I miss mountain hikes. Where I live now, well it's basically a sandbar. Little hard pressed to find a hill around here. Can't wait to get back out hiking and biking, spending far too much time indoors studying these days.

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  131. Sounds nice! I'm actually not a huge fan of hiking. I don't like being outside when it's really hot or when there are a lot of bugs, unless I'm walking along the beach by an ocean. Your description of something reaching deeper into your soul... I get that through dancing. Dance also leaves me feeling refreshed and inspired. :)

    That being said, I do like walking around wooded areas; especially if I can find a spot to sit and write for awhile. I take a notebook wherever I go.

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  132. You look so happy!
    Not too many hilly areas around here, but lots of gorgeous spots for taking walks...the lakes are the best.
    Love the quote by Alex Trebek...

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