During my childhood, I spent infinitely more time outside than indoors. There’s nothing I enjoy more than sitting perched on a stone or hiding under the shade of a tree!
Even as a full-time employee, then, I try to use my lunch breaks as an opportunity to spend as much time active and outdoors as possible. Usually, this just takes the form of walking through town and climbing a few imposing hills, but I decided recently that I needed a bit more of an adventure.
(My Kanken Mini and a good book were, of course, my sole companions!)
A local bike path provided the perfect spot for a brief forest retreat: it winds behind schools and houses, under highways, and through countless groves of trees and ferns. The sheer number of people–from cycling commuters to families en route to picnics–gave it a very safe and friendly feeling.
Walking on a paved path through a wild, wooded space is an interesting experience–it lacks the pioneering vibe of hiking in the “wilderness,” and draws attention to the interesting relationship between manmade macadam and overgrown plants.
I also kind of felt like I was in The Wizard of Oz, but that’s neither here nor there.
After completing my journey, I found a wonderful little grove in which to cool down for a minute (it may be almost fall, but the weather hasn’t quite figured that out yet!) and get a ways through Haroun and the Sea of Stories.
For people working 9-5, a lunch break is extremely helpful: it gives you a chance to reset, relax, and recover before returning back to the desk with more energy. Until winter comes, I’m looking forward to inventing new ways to make my mid-afternoon retreat even more invigorating.
(Plus, just imagine how glorious this will look once autumn truly begins…)