This weekend I wanted to get away and travel, but then I looked at my bank account and decided that it probably wouldn’t be the best life choice at this moment.
I needed to get away though. It was a busy week and I just wanted to leave the hustle and bustle behind and go somewhere. Then I realized it was 40 degrees and sunny outside, so I could totally have a day vacation here and still get out of the city.
I decided to enlist the help of a good friend to go on a hike through the local nature preserve so that we could enjoy the sun and burn off some energy at the same time.
We’d decided to walk on a trail leading into a peninsula on Lake Mendota and it was snowy, slushy and kind of slippery. We had fun not knowing if the next step we took would be sound or if it would send us flying on our backs. But, we took the gamble because we like to live dangerously like that.
Once we got to the end of the peninsula, however, it was totally worth the muss and fuss to get there. From that vantage point, you could see the downtown cityscape clearly and it was really beautiful.
Walking back, we took another trail and it led us into a more forested area with a small iced-over pathway. So, single file, we took our steps cautiously and had fun laughing and slipping all the way to a safely paved trail.
We ended up walking around the trails for a good hour and a half. The hike was a great workout and a great way to feel as if I had a small getaway without actually leaving the city.
That’s really all it takes; just going somewhere to get you out of your daily element helping you refresh and recharge. Plus, when you do it with a friend, you come away with a good workout and so many memories.
Until next time,