Regarding COVID-19: Please recreate responsibly and practice social distancing. Closures and travel restrictions are changing rapidly, always check and respect local regulations.

Escaping into the Woods

A hammock, a good book, and sunshine, it doesn't get much better than that.

Escaping into the outdoors is a must for me. I, as well as everyone else can easily get caught up in the day-to-day grind of work, bills, and adult responsibilities. I find myself getting stressed out and the best way for me to decompress is to escape into the outdoors for as long as I possibly can. Immediately as I begin to see the mountains on the horizon, or as I reach a trailhead all my worries begin to fade away. A few weeks ago, I was feeling overwhelmed about my school workload as well as my full work schedule and I decided to take the first half of my day, grab a good book, my hammock, my dog and escape into the woods for a few hours. I picked a spot where I had the sun shining on my face, a good view of the forest, and ample room to swing freely from my hammock. It sure didn't take long before I was feeling rejuvenated.

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

Kalli Hawkins

Geography | Conservation | Photography | Writing