A Zen-Minded Thanksgiving Week, part 3

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I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery—air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, this is what it is to be happy. 
― Sylvia Plath

 

The third, and last part of my Zen Minded Thanksgiving Week, a beautiful hike along the McCloud River in northern California. (Here is the first, and the second part of the series.)

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The McCloud River is probably northern California’s most scenic waterway. It features  three amazing waterfalls, along a 4 mile well maintained trail. It’s a super easy hike, part of it is even paved.

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One of the most unique things with this place is that each waterfall have their own trailhead, parking lot, and clean restrooms. You could just drive up to one of the trail heads, and simply enjoy the waterfall, if you’re for some reason unable to do the 4 mile hike.

 

There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society, where none intrudes,
By the deep sea, and music in its roar:
I love not man the less, but Nature more.
― George Gordon Byron

 

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The lower fall have a wonderful swimming hole. It’s very popular during our hot summers. The swimming hole, and the trail can be crowded during spring/summer. I’ve done this hike many times, and last week was the first time I didn’t see a single soul, until after the hike.

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The water was ice cold, but my dog couldn’t resist jumping in, time after time. She’s crazy about water, and a  great swimmer. McCloud River Trail is a serene place, where the most exquisite nature is easily accessible for everyone. It’s very suitable for meditation, especially this time of the year. Have you been there? If so, what was your experience? Is it a place you would like to visit?

Happy Friday!

Love,

Ms Zen

 

PS. I just came back from another road trip last night (Nevada and Lake Tahoe.) I’m home to do some laundry, and repack my bags for a weekend trip later today. I promise to get back to everyone as soon as I can. I really appreciate your visit, emails and comments here!

Friend

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I started to write a post about a magical hike we made on Memorial day (I’ll share it with you later on, no need to worry,) when new entries to the Weekly Photo Challenge started to fill up my inbox. This week’s theme Friend, is just to good to pass up on.

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I grew up with German Shepherds, and I just love the breed. I’m not sure if there is any living soul more loyal than one of a German Shepherd. My two year old girl Gretchen, a rescue that I’ve only had a couple months have quickly become my shadow. If I’m there, she is there.

Gretchen loves to keep me company when I work in my garden. This week we’ve been (re)planting peach trees (into bigger containers. All my trees grows in containers.)

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With a German Shepherd you’re just never lonely. As a woman I feel much better hiking on secluded trails, or spending time in rural areas (something I enjoy tremendously) with a German Shepherd by my side.

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I love how intelligent, and attentive they are. How they love to learn new things, and always says yes to adventure! Tell me about your friend! If you participate in the photo challenge, feel free to leave a link to your post in a comment, I’d love to see it!

 

Love,

Ms Zen