This one might be a hard one. Natural. What do I think of when I think of the word ‘Natural’? I guess in a way that is what is at the heart of everything I am striving for in my life, to exist in nature, which is the true definition of the word, correct?
This is my heaven. There is just something about being in the woods, walking, being one with nature that bring me peace. This picture was snapped with my phone a couple weekends ago when Erin had her state cheer competition out in Grand Rapids. Since we were so close to Lake Michigan, I detoured off to do a quick hike out to the water.
There is just something very satisfying and right to think about going backwards a bit and growing more of your own food, preparing for the winter months and canning your food. I’m not saying I don’t enjoy modern conveniences. I do! What would I do with internet and my constant source of information. Anything I want to do is possible with a quick google search.
I think the biggest problem I would have with that kind of lifestyle would be meat. I’m a believer in eating meat and I’m not really looking to convert to a meatless diet. I could in no way whatsoever raise a cow and then eat it. NO WAY!
Anyway, I have a few more pictures from our trip to the water. We hiked through the wood and up some pretty big hills to reach this area – the dunes and then Lake Michigan. It’s a pretty lake, but it is very cold.
A group of tourists in their 20’s approached this dune and were awestruck by the beauty of this great lake and the one guy said to this group,”Oh, It must not be too cold there are people in the water.” I can never keep to myself in public had to comment, “It’s freezing in August, it’s comparable to ice water right now.” We all laughed and they made their way to water.
It’s true though, at the end of August it feels like you are dipping your body into a glass of ice water. That water is cold! And I believe that Lake Superior is even colder with an average temperature of 40 degrees! In comparison, Lake Michigan is about 55 degrees right now in the area that we visited. The middle of Lake Superior – 38 degrees.
Here’s a funny picture we snapped while hiking back. If you look close there is sweat rolling down my face because the hills are so damn challenging – I LOVE it!!! Can you see how big I am, just from my face? It’s disturbing. My body has really taken a beating from being sick this year. But I’m working on it, what can I do. Regardless of how I look in this picture, I love it so much because Erin is being such an ass. This is her in her true form. Also, see the height difference, I’m actually standing on an incline of the hill :(
Well, I think I strayed a bit off the topic, but what the heck, it’s my interpretation so it really doesn’t matter.
I’m off work today for Erin’s last day of school. She will be an official high school girl in a few hours. Unbelievable.
I’m picking her and a group of Girl Scouts up at the school and then we are going to buy our vegetable plants, come back to my house for lunch, walk down to the community garden, plant our plants and when that is finished we are heading to the movies.
It’s going to be a day in nature being natural. :)