Nature

Respite

Looking inside the shelter

Looking inside the shelter

Looking out of the shelter at the nearby aspen trees,

Looking out of the shelter at the nearby aspen trees,

The world seems to move faster and faster, go-go-go! I can keep up for a little bit, but then it all starts to unravel. I lose track of the details first, and then I lose the big picture. I forget things I need to remember and dwell on things I don’t need to. I need a rest. During a recent walk in the woods, I found the perfect place to rest. There was just enough room for two people and a small campfire. It was open-air and yet intimate.

Walking into this tiny shelter, I was overwhelmed by the moist, earthy smell. The fertility was heady and fragrant. It felt cozy and private, even though the “walls” weren’t solid at all. I wondered who built it, although the purpose was probably clear. It made me realize that my love of tree houses isn’t just for those in the air; it extends to tree houses on the ground, too. There is nothing like feeling cradled in the arms of Mother Earth. I wanted to linger, rest, and rejuvenate my life.

meadow grass

Nearby meadow

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