Bunny gave her version of our New Year’s hike yesterday. It was the perfect start to our year. We definitely enjoyed ourselves, even though it was colder than a witch’s heart out there.
It’s been a while since we got to do some real hiking, and I was really glad to get back on the trails. Since we all had such a good time, I’m hoping that we’ll be able to do some more hiking in the near future. The hike was our kickoff for the 30/30 Challenge, and I was encouraged by using that little Fitbit gadget. Actually, Mr. Taleteller was so impressed that he went and got one for himself. So far, he and Morgan have been joining us on our evening walks since then.
One of the things that fascinates me when we hike at Starved Rock in the winter is how a place can be transformed into a sort of fairy wonderland. A waterfall that’s a trickle of water in the summer becomes a castle of ice or a frozen jellyfish in the winter. Falling water sounds like music echoing in the canyon. Rocks become majestic thrones. Everywhere you look, you expect to see a fairy or a unicorn appear. The forest blankets you and there are no sounds of civilization to be heard besides the company you keep.
For me, the magic of the place is one of the big draws. During the month of December, we often feel so disconnected. However, when we get out there on New Year’s, those bonds prove that they’ve always been there, waiting for us to find them again. Bunny walks along with me like she’s an extension of who I am. Even if we didn’t have the leash, we would still be connected by an invisible thread, or perhaps one that’s pink and sparkly. I see Morgan relax and enjoy herself more, too, along with my husband.
Maybe the magic of the place is just getting away from all the other distractions in life for a little while. It doesn’t really matter to me if there’s a true enchantment there or not. It’s magical for us and I’m glad we went out and braved the cold for the experience together.
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