There are countless things that I love about Portland, Maine. Someday I’ll list them all, but today I want to share one. Portland Trails. http://trails.org/ Portland Trails has worked to create a network of trails throughout the greater Portland area. From my home, in a residential neighborhood in Portland, I can walk, run, bike, or ski to Evergreen Cemetery, Fore River Sanctuary, Back Cove, and Baxter Woods. These places are gorgeous and are featured in many of the photos I’ve shared with you since January on my 365 journey to get outdoors.
On Sunday I went for a walk in Baxter Woods in a gentle rain. The sound of the rain in the woods takes my breath away. I could try and describe the sound but words can’t describe the gentle peace it brings to my soul.
On Sunday’s walk I took time to look up through the branches of the hemlock trees,
walk across this lovely little bridge that crosses a vernal stream,
to smile at strangers along the way,
and to let myself get quiet.
Baxter Woods is a favorite place for dog walkers. In fact, non dog walkers are rare on this trail. The trail is a short little walk so I often do three or more loops. On Sunday I did two loops one way and then reversed directions. This reversed experience always surprises me. I simply walk the same path from the other direction and am amazed at how different everything looks. I am a creature of habit. I tend to love to walk or run from my home in a loop, and I almost always go the same way around the loop. Reversing direction once in awhile is such a simple way of seeing the same place in a new light.
Thank you to Portland Trails for creating and preserving such lovely wild spaces so close to so many people.