|Taking it all in, Mount Rainier National Park.|
Blissful Moment: Taking a deep breath in the middle of the woods.I've written about how short walks in the woods can be restorative, but so can single moments in nature. On a recent trip to Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, our hiking group took a break on one of the more challenging parts of the trail. As we stood in the middle of the woods, I turned to look at the trail behind us, closed my eyes, took a deep breath, and couldn't wipe the smile off my face for the majority of the rest of the hike. Though feeling that type of happiness in the woods isn't unexpected for me, I often have to remind myself to stop and smell the proverbial roses once in a while.
Blissful Moment: When everything comes together.When it comes to travel, as much as I love seeing new places, I tend to be commitment-phobic. Whether it's setting plans for a camping trip a month in advance or booking a plane ticket, I always need to explore all possible options, which I blame on my generally over-analytical brain. But the moments after campsites are booked and reservations are made, I'm always so happy and excited for what's to come. Earlier this month, after much debate and itinerary changing, I finally booked my plane ticket to Jackson Hole for what's shaping up to be the trip of a lifetime with friend Heather and a group of others. We'll be exploring the Tetons via Victor, Idaho and spending a few days in Yellowstone via the snow lodge. Committing to that trip was certainly a blissful and exciting moment.
Blissful Moment: The first sip of coffee or tea in the morning, and the first sip of hot cocoa after playing outside in cold weather.Whether your hot beverage of choice is coffee, tea, cocoa, even apple cider, there's just something special about that first sip. Though I don't drink coffee for the caffeine, (at least, that's what I tell myself!), the first sip on my way out the door is a comforting part of my routine. And after waiting through three seasons, taking a big gulp of hot apple cider from Cornell Orchards in my hometown is guaranteed blissful moment. Finally, there's the sip of hot cocoa on a midday break from skiing that seems to thaw out your entire body. So wonderful.
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