The Unexpected Journey

snow man (1 of 1)
Photo Credit:  Della McGee

As many of you know, I recently moved to Ashland, Wi.  I left my life in the Twin Cities and began anew.  One of the ways I have been settling into this new life is through nature photography.  I have always found peace in nature.  From the moment I step into the woods my energy shifts and my soul lightens.  Well, usually that’s what happens.

Yesterday, my hike took a different turn.  As I pulled up to the trail head I immediately noticed there wasn’t a bathroom in sight.  It took me over a half hour to drive there so I already had to pee when I arrived.  I knew I would have to find a friendly tree to squat behind as soon as I could find one.

Once I finished my potty break I started down the trail.  I was excited as I had never been to this spot before.  Right away I could see that there wasn’t many flowers, which are my usual choice to take photos of.  As I continued on my journey the wee little gnats began to gnaw on me.  In my haste to go on my adventure I forgot one of the most essential things to bring on a north woods hike, bug spray!  In my case, a bug deterring essential oil.

The trail was muddy, windy and gnarled.  Needless to say I could barely look up from the path or I could have easily tripped on a tree root.  By the time I made it to my destination, a waterfall, I was a bit disappointed.  There were people down there who were smoking cigarettes and generally killing my nature vibe.  I did get a few shots of the waterfall but the bugs were keeping me from spending any more time there than necessary.Lost Creek Falls, Cornucopia (1 of 1)

As I walked back to my car I was reflecting on how not all nature hikes are sublime.  As miserable as this hike was, it wasn’t a total bust.  I got a great aerobic work out and it was a lovely drive there and back.

P.S. – The photo above of the snowman in the moss was early on in my hike.  I looked down and there it was just hanging out.  I have no idea why it was there or how it had arrived in the first place.  I think it was a foreshadowing of my entire adventure.  Not every thing happens as expected.

Find out more about Della here.

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