Sometimes you just have to get away from it all. That seems increasingly hard to do these days. There are distractions everywhere, noise, people, devices…continuous clamor. How do you get away?
It’s nice to go to a park, and find a forested trail, but even there you are likely to find people (talking on their phones!), folks walking their dogs, kids enjoying the fresh air—all wonderful things (except the phone maybe), but still not quiet enough.
My go-to solution is getting out on the water, a large body of water, in a small kayak.
The phone may or may not work. The few people I see are fishing, quietly waiting on the shore for a fish to come along.
I saw a fox that had come to the water’s edge for a drink. There was a yearling deer, no bigger than a large dog, foraging calmly on a hillside. A kingfisher bird dove with a loud splash into the water and came up with a small fish. A great blue heron waited quietly at the shoreline for a fish to come along. Turtles sunned themselves on logs and looked on as I silently glided by.
It has been a rainy summer in my region, and the water levels are high, which means that little inlets, once short and clearly connected to the main body of water, now extend, meandering well into the forest.
I followed one such inlet, and soon heard the sound of cascading water. It got louder and louder as I followed the stream as far as I could, until the water was only a few inches deep. The water I heard was pouring over a fallen log. It was surprisingly loud in contrast to the tranquil forest.
I remained there for a long time. And I took the picture you see at the top of the post. There was a great temptation to leave the kayak and explore…what was in the distance, beyond the bend, that I couldn’t see? But some things are better left as mysteries, untouched, explored only in the imagination.
I know that not everyone can do what I did. Not everyone has the time or opportunity. But we all can spare a few minutes to enjoy some peaceful music, and go to the place that makes us happiest in our minds.