I Love Nature and Hiking and Camping

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    The Great Smoky Mountains Of Tennessee

    For 4 nights I camped right next to the bank of a river that stretched down from the Smokies. Our campsite was away from all the rest of the happy campers. It was a perfect place to soak up the beauty, energy that Mother Nature offers. Makes a person go WOW! Sights and the...
    MorningBreeze MorningBreeze
    56-60, F
    3 Responses May 9, 2013

    I think night hiking deep in the wilderness by

    only the ambient light is one of the most humbling and peaceful activities. The nocturnal world is special, and as my senses are heightened by the darkness, I feel a more profound bond with my environment.
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    Sep 7, 2015

    I'm Lucky to Live Where I Do

     I was born and raised in the pacific northwest and I think it's one of the most beautiful areas in the United States, ever since I was a kid I've loved hiking and camping in the Olympic National Forest. When I was growing up my dad would use his vacation time every summer...
    Powderblue Powderblue
    36-40, F
    1 Response Jun 10, 2009

    I Just Love The Canadian Rockies

    Sometimes my work might be boring, but at least I live amidst spectacular natural surroundings. Frequently I see eagles, deer and even a black bear or two just by looking out the window. And on a day off, just to go a bit out of the little town and set up camp is pretty amazing...
    yukon yukon
    46-50, M
    3 Responses Jun 16, 2010

    love geocaching and exploring the outdoors

    and taking as many photos as I can.
    sace1375 sace1375
    36-40, M
    1 Response Jan 18, 2015

    Don't Let The Lyme Bugs Bite

    Important: The author of this article is Marc Merullo. He's also a member of EP (barbermcm). I am one of those who supports awareness of the Lyme Disease, that's the reason for putting this material on EP. Hopefully you'll share the same goal as Marc in spreading awareness for...
    AlwaysPreoccupied AlwaysPreoccupied
    26-30, F
    Jun 6, 2012

    I love dressing in my leotards,

    tights, leg warmers andeven my high heels and go out for drives and walks. I've even gone hiking on trails dressed so exposed. No where to run or hide when seen and caught. Even done the camping thing dressed. So exciting.
    LadyLycra LadyLycra
    18-21, M
    7 Responses Oct 10, 2015

    I Miss Going To Real Moutains

    I hate the so called "mountains" here in Pa. Everyone is always all like oh go hiking in the Poconos. Have you never seen California mountains? I grea up camping and hiking there. I miss the west coast so much. It's just a different world over there. I loved going...
    GreenEyedBeauty GreenEyedBeauty
    22-25, F
    1 Response Nov 4, 2009

    Went hiking a bit, never been to those off

    coast islands but will like a fishing trip one day there.
    Stephenrko Stephenrko
    36-40, M
    Feb 22, 2015


    Being in a forest, or near running water, or near a waterfall, is for me, an experience somewhere between therapy, and worship.  It revives my soul, and lifts my spirits, and brings me joy, and a great, great sense of peace. God is present everywhere, but it is easier for...
    EBunbury EBunbury
    46-50, M
    1 Response Dec 12, 2008

    Ok so went on my second home couple of weeks

    ago. It was only six miles but it was such a big achievement. The last stretch was the hardest. The group looked at me like wow you know what your doing. But I didn't give up. I did the whole thing. And there was such a crazy ascent. Felt like mountain hiking. But looking...
    Issima Issima
    31-35, F
    3 Responses Mar 18

    Sapphire Falls

    I went on an awesome hike one time with my church youth group. We thought it would be a easy hike up a stream to a pool with a small, but natural water slide. The easy way ended up being private property, we even saw some people get tickets which was $100 each, so we went down...
    XMmichelle XMmichelle
    18-21, F
    Jul 23, 2013

    In bed for the night.

    After having put Benedryl cream all over myself.. Back of my thigh and knee. Right cheek. Left forearm. And left side. Must have found some poison ivy while camping... No fun. Wasn't 'allergic' when I was a kid. I could walk they it and others would get it, but I didn't...
    Nipper66 Nipper66
    46-50, F
    4 Responses Feb 7

    Joshua Tree National Park!

    I love desserts, and camping in Joshua Tree NP was one of my bucket list items! It's now crossed off my list!!! Backpacked down a smaller trail and found a peaceful secluded spot to put up my little tent. Sat out and looked at the night sky for a while. There was a nice half...
    Nipper66 Nipper66
    46-50, F
    5 Responses Mar 16

    curled up under the stars with

    that special someone... enjoy nature and its beauty...
    Boobeelicious Boobeelicious
    56-60, F
    2 Responses Jul 6, 2015

    In the Smokeys

                We headed for the Cataloochee Valley campgrounds on the far eastern extremes of the Smoky Mountain National Forest. One of the few things I knew about it was the road to the campgrounds off Interstate 40 so rough...
    WonderWartHog WonderWartHog
    26-30, M
    3 Responses Aug 24, 2009


    nature to me is the most freeing thing. i love taking adventures in the woods or mountains or just sitting there taking in the surrounding beauty. whatever it may be its absolutley breathtaking. no matter how i feel whether it be sad angry lonely i can sit there take a deep...
    HalfBloodPrince HalfBloodPrince
    18-21, F
    Nov 15, 2008

    When Good Camping Turns Bad

    I should have known, some days it is better to not go camping than to go. At noon on Friday, I pulled my camping gear off the basement shelf. Everything, including the inside of my kitchen box, was COVERED in mold. I bleach washed everything, including the air mattress (yes...
    ohnudeone ohnudeone
    41-45, M
    5 Responses Jul 12, 2009

    I'm headed off to to me son's first Cub Scout

    summer camp. He's so excited, he's been wound up for days now.
    camulos camulos
    41-45, M
    1 Response Aug 12, 2015

    The scenery the peace

    and quiet the overall joy of natures relaxation method is stated in the title :)
    Imbatgirl Imbatgirl
    22-25, F
    1 Response Mar 22, 2014

    Saw a Bear While Hiking This Week

     On Monday me, my five year old and my husband went for a short day hike on a trail about a mile from our house. It's a wide trail next to a wetland area; salmon berry, cattail and tall rushes border the edges with a lot of cottonwood, alder trees and the occasional sword...
    Powderblue Powderblue
    36-40, F
    4 Responses Aug 21, 2009

    Ahhh the scent of the forest on the first day

    of spring . . . I can't just wait!
    PhilBoi87 PhilBoi87
    26-30, M
    1 Response Mar 11, 2014

    I love nature

    I absolutely adore nature. I love the smell of green!!! (yeas green has a smell) I espcially love the smell of the forest when it rains. I personaly think im at my best wen im hiking or trailing it just gives me the best rush. Ive done alot of trailing and along the...
    applescruffs applescruffs
    22-25, F
    Apr 1, 2009

    I love being in the middle of nowhere,

    where the only thing you have to think about is getting through the day. Cutting fire wood to make dinner, fishing or trapping to eat. Life is so simple when you take away jobs and money and greed, when you ***** it down to its simple basics, it's beautiful.
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    Jun 24, 2015

    When I was a child my joy was to read books.

    While the other kids were hiking, camping, sailing......my nose would be buried in some adventure book. Later I learned this is called "living vicariously".....through the experiences of other. In my later years I started to examine my behaviour, thoughts and feelings...
    SheepYard SheepYard
    51-55, M
    2 Responses Nov 18, 2014
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