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10 June 2013

The Great Outdoors

For the past year, I've been trying to be a lot more outdoorsy and adventurous (all part of that quarter life crisis). All I can say is that it's been absolutely amazing and worthwhile! I was never much of an outdoorsy person. I love my air conditioning, clean bathrooms, and toilet paper that doesn't feel like sandpaper. I also hate mosquitos (and all bugs for that matter) with a fiery passion that borders on being irrational. On the other hand, Kyle loves being outside, hiking, fishing, and all that good Jeremiah Johnson sort of stuff. What can I say, he's a man's kind of man. But what a great and rewarding ride it has been, going outside my comfort zone and experiencing all the things he loves with him. And I must say, I really love it too! 

(I work in a doctor's office where I'm always around the elderly. One of the best things to ever happen to me was to land a job there. Not only do I love my job, but the patients constantly keep me accountable and remind me to really live and enjoy my life while I'm still young. So before I turned twenty-five, I made a bucket list that I was determined to finish. There were so many things to try and adventures to take before I settled down. One of those things was ziplining.)

This past weekend, we planned a camping trip around Lake Travis near Austin, TX. Before setting up our camp site, we went ziplining, and wow, it was extraordinary! There were five different ziplines: two small ones for training, one really long one, a scenic one, and a tandem one. Now let me start off by saying, I am deathly terrified of heights. My stomach curled and turned the entire hike to the first zipline and intensified as I stepped on to the platform. But as soon as I jumped off, my fears vanished and I rode that zipline like a natural. I am kidding of course. It took three ziplines before I was brave enough to take my hands off the handles. 

The rest of our day was spent setting up our tent, cooking some grub, making fires (like they used to do in caveman days)...

... and enjoying this beautiful view.

We set two chairs on top of a cliff near our tent (ziplining had made me brave when it came to heights). We just sat there and watched the sun set. It's so easy to forget how beautiful nature is sometimes. Life is busy and goes by too fast. But when you sit there and bask yourself in nature and all it's purity and loveliness, there is a serenity and wholeness that fills you. And I thank God for this. For such a simple yet complex sight that can produce such strong emotions. I am reminded that this is one of his gifts to us, a work of art that is ours and is always there for us whenever we want or need to see it.

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