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The Trail’s Calling Me


back slope

As I sit writing this, comfortable in my bed, I would like to drift off to sleep, to dream…

But some day, I’m going to BLAZE a trail again. I’m going to put one foot in front of the other and find my hiking rhythm with the trees going by, fresh and green, pine needles under foot, senses all open to everything at once. My breath comes strong and steady with my legs working like they were made to work. The air feels crisp and pungent with life. I am part of that life, part of the forest, part of creation. The path ahead beckons to me. Will there be deer? Will it rain? Will the sun set before I get back home? I don’t care! I am here now, ready, alive. I approach Sugarloaf, the giant sand dune of oaks and pines, and climb up. My breathing becomes harder. My legs start to ache, but I am strong. I am alive! I reach the top. My heart beats faster, blood flowing where it needs to go, opening my arteries, clearing out the gunk.

I survey the slope descending to the river and remember how my children used to run down the hill to the water. Sometimes they’d roll down and get all sandy. Sand everywhere. But it didn’t matter because they laughed. I ran down that hill myself a few times. Now they have it fenced off to protect the hill, prevent erosion. To be careful. I could run down the hill anyway. But, now, I’m 62. I could break something.

I take the path down to the river. Not exactly running, but with a light step and a quick pace, aware of the turns and the places to put my feet so I don’t fall. I reach the water and run in. Clothes and all. It’s cold! And I am alive again.

Someday, I’ll go on that hike again. Someday, maybe I’ll hike on the Appalachian Trail. I best better start practicing by walking around the block to the park in my neighborhood.

Here are more pictures of my beloved maritime forest. It’s been too long since I set foot there.



Moss and Lichen

JoAnne and Doodle looking

Me and Doodle on top of Sugarloaf

mushroom peekaboo.JPG

A mushroom has found shelter on the dune.


There are not many hills around here, so this is special.


Dave and Doodle cbsp

Today’s Stream of Consciousness prompt from Linda Hill was, “movement.” But we were not to use the word, “movement,” just choose some sort of movement and write about it.

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1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing, (typos can be fixed) and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.

2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.

3. There will be a prompt every week. I will post the prompt here on my blog on Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” “Begin with the word ‘The’,” or simply a single word to get your started.

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Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Jesus follower, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again as well as the short version: From Loneliness to Love.

41 thoughts on “The Trail’s Calling Me

  1. That post is so beautiful!

  2. I felt like I was on that trail with you 🙂
    There is just something so freeing and energizing about being out among the trees on the trail with just the sound of your own breathing and footsteps, the calls of the birds, the rustling of leaves.

  3. Beautifully done. Takes me back to when I could do it 🙂

  4. That’s beautiful! Made me long to get out of the house and go for a walk! The photos are great too, where are they taken?

  5. Looks so fun! Love all the photos 🙂

  6. I love winter hiking but rarely have someone who will join me. I admire those who go out alone but since my brother had his bathroom accident (brain surgery on Thanksgiving, ’18) and no one for two days to help him, I think of falling and not able to get up. Slippery roots and other frozen aspects deter solitairy walks. Be careful! A cellphone will do little good unless you can tell the person which path you took and if you drop your phone into a crevice, no use again! 🙏 🕊

    • I’ve been trying to get someone to go with me for a year. But the truth is, I let other things get in the way. Used to go with my dog when I was single, and let someone know my plan. So sorry about your brother’s accident. 😦 It makes sense to go with another person. I hope we both find someone to hike with us soon.

  7. Oops, Thanksgiving, ’17. 😊

  8. I’ve really gone into hibernation this winter and I know that a good brisk walk would be good for my body and soul. Thanks for inspiring and motivating me to start blazing some trails of my own. Happy trails 🙂 Harlon

    • I’m happy to inspire you! A good brisk walk almost always makes me feel better, and it’s always better for my body if I don’t over do it. I motivate myself by saying I’m just going to walk for 30 minutes, then I might walk further if If feel like it. Enjoy, my friend! 🙂

  9. Oh this is good. And you can do it too! Stay strong.

    • Thank you so much! I love that encouragement. This afternoon I was feeling sleepy, wanting to take a nap, but went for a walk instead. Got lots of good energy! So, I’m making progress!

  10. What beautiful pictures, I would love to take my little dog for a walk there.

  11. beautiful, JoAnna!
    wishing you a sweet adventure
    and experiencing the wonders
    of life with each step up
    and down that mountain 🙂

  12. Ahhhhh! Reading this fresh air post was a wonderful quick break for me 😁

  13. Loved your narration of the climb. Absolutely spot-on in gratitude and connection.

  14. Wonderful JoAnna. I love walking in the woods, and your pictures are stunning.. Being at ONE with Nature Heals us on so many levels. and today even though it was cold, the sun was out with clear skies, I had to go out and walk.. My hubby did not feel up to it, so I went alone.. And for my efforts I was rewarded with seeing a buzzard bird of pray, soaring in circles overhead..
    Sending love and hugs your way JoAnna. 🙂

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  16. Thank you so much for sharing that hike with us! I could feel the energy of it, and smell the trees and woods. Very very nice!!!

  17. Beautiful, JoAnna!! I love your photographs…so peaceful, serene. Nature is so important for us to get out and get into! I grew up in the woods. That was my home…the place I felt safe…where I found my refuge.
    Sending a knowing wink about wanting to run down the hill as fast as you could!! I still think I can do what I did as a child…and then my body says, “Come on…for real???”
    Blessings to you on this lovely Sunday ❤

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