Athens, OH 22 October 2020 –
This semester I started hiking with my dog, Bruin, on a regular basis. I meet my friend, Kate, and her dog, Duke, at least four times a week at either Strouds Run or the Ridges to hike 2-3 miles before our day of online classes and working remotely begins.
Hiking has helped ensure that I am remaining physically active and getting fresh air while I am stuck in my apartment all day for online classes and meeting remotely with my teams for group projects.
Through hiking I have learned to appreciate the outdoors and the beauty of nature more than I already did. Especially now that it is fall, seeing the sunrise in the beginning of our hike, all of the different colored leaves drifting away in the wind, and the sight of morning dew on the tall grass is one form of nature’s beauty that I had never fully appreciated before.
Seeing the deer, squirrels, and ground hogs, and hearing the birds’ chirp in the morning helps set my mood and positive mindset for the day. Even though the world is full of chaos and stressors right now, I always remind myself of the peacefulness and the beauty that our world has and look forward to my morning hikes with Bruin, Kate, and Duke.