This past December, I shared a few days with my family in my hometown in Western New York state. Although city life lured me away nearly two decades ago, I still miss the natural beauty of this particular corner of the Empire State. I suspect that I always will.
Whenever I visit my family, I always make sure to hike along the Allegheny River and its surrounding trails.
As I’ve grown older and as my life has slowed down (in a good way), I’ve come to deeply love the landscape of my hometown. The river and hills always refresh me.
Due to climate change, the weather was unseasonably warm. Thankfully, I happened upon a wetland patch still iced over.
Walking in the trails behind St. Bonaventure University, I stumbled across several prayer stations.
Upon leaving the woods, my mind and spirit were calm and restored. Even a stereotypical brutal flight delay on my return trip to Jersey City couldn’t disrupt that feeling.
In 2019, I hope to spend more time in the natural world, albeit closer to home. Don’t hesitate to share suggestions.