Life is playfulness, fun, because the whole existence is a tremendous circus. It is all fun–all the colors of the flowers, so many beautiful animals, birds, clouds, and for no purpose; they don’t serve any purpose. There is no goal to life. Life is a play unto itself. It is sheer abundance of energy, overflowing energy – existence goes on expanding.
The universe is wider than our views of it.
~Henry David Thoreau
What do we know of the world and the universe about us? Our means of receiving impressions are absurdly few, and our notions of surrounding objects, infinitely narrow. We see things only as we are constructed to see them, and can gain no idea of their absolute nature. With five feeble senses we pretend to comprehend the boundlessly complex cosmos, yet other beings with a wider, stronger, or different range of senses might not only see very differently the things we see, but might see and study whole worlds of matter, energy, and life which lie close at hand yet can never be detected with the senses we have. I have always believed that such strange, inaccessible worlds exist at our very elbows.
~ H. P. Lovecraft
Before leaving Ohio, somewhere in between Columbus and Akron, we met up with Little Wookie and his dad for some fun at a hotel that has a small indoor waterpark. We all stayed the night so we could have an evening and morning together. We had a great time splashing around in the water, sliding down the slide, and watching the water fall and splash from buckets. Little Wookie is not yet ready for standing under the waterfall-like buckets, but he laughs when someone else does it.
When we finished at the waterpark and had packed up to leave, we went for a little hike on the Richland B&O Trail. It is an 18.4 mile paved trail between Mansfield and Butler that follows the unused line of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad. There were no other walkers/hikers on the trail, but we did see quite a few cyclists out for their morning ride.
Little Wookie, like his parents and grandparents, loves to hike. He loves the outdoors. And I love watching him play in and explore the great outdoors. It takes a while to hike anywhere with him because he wants to look at just about everything, but that’s okay because we usually aren’t in any hurry. I’ve known him to hug trees, too. He’s a very wise little boy.
It wasn’t a long hike, but it was a beautiful one. The greens were so green and there were plenty of wildflowers to look at and enjoy, as well as plenty of sticks to pick up and a few rocks here and there to throw.
Rail-trails are a perfect means of telling community stories.… Their long and colorful history make perfect greenways. They combine that history with a respect for the environment, and recreation, and allow us to live life on a human scale maintaining contact with each other and with nature.
~ David Burwell, President, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, 1998
The trail was built, in part, because of the (U.S.) National Trails System Act of 1983 (an amendment to the National Trails System Act signed into law in October of 1968).
The trail description found at traillink.com mentions that the trail presents “stunning views and abundant wildlife.” It also passes through a few (“quaint”) towns. We did not hike enough of it to pass through any of the towns and we didn’t see much wildlife (a few chipmunks here and there, and we could hear plenty of birds singing), but the views were lovely.
Thanks for visiting today, and taking a walk on the B&O Trail with us. It’s a long weekend here in the U.S. (Memorial Day weekend). M and I are spending it at or near home. We’ve had enough of travel for a little while. We went out for a bicycle ride this morning. We thought about kayaking but there is a small craft advisory in effect (due to the wind). Maybe tomorrow or Monday we’ll manage to get in the water.
There are storms in the forecast for tonight. Sunset is scheduled for 8:16 PM. If the clouds and storms haven’t arrived yet, let’s go to the Point to watch the sunset and to wade in the water. The water temperature is about 70°F which isn’t too bad for wading. It’s very hot out (and expected to stay that way this evening). I’m sure we’ll appreciate having the water to cool off in.
Be good, be kind, be loving. Just Be. 🙂
A few of the 10,000 reasons to be happy: 726) Clear sunlight and skies, trees swaying and waving in the wind, and grasses rippling. 727) A lovely, but somewhat strenuous, bike ride with M this morning. Our mileage was only 5.5 miles. We had a lot of wind resistance so it was tough going out to the Point. 728) Air conditioning on a super hot day. 729) Root vegetable (potato, sweet potato, golden and red beets) hash with a curried poached egg for breakfast. Yum. 730) A walk on the beach at the Point. It’s a good way to keep exercising, and rest our legs from the bikes at the same time.