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!

Choose Your Thoughts

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I like watching Randy Gage’s Youtube channel. I usually start my work week by watching the latest episode there (he creates one new episode every week.) I find that it gives my week an awesome start. The last one was about the process of thoughts. About processing information, and drawing logical conclusions based on serious critical thinking. To become the thinker of the thought. In short to to think about what you think about. You choose your thoughts. You control them. …or you can choose to ignore that, and let circumstances and other people choose.

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I prefer to actively be mindful about my thoughts. When I feel that my thoughts are taking off in a direction that isn’t helpful for my well being, I believe that it is my responsibility to change the direction of my thoughts.

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What are your thoughts? How do you do that? Exercise, grooming a horse, going for a hike, or a road trip helps me. How can you think negative thoughts when your body feels good (exercise)? Or when you enjoy the great outdoors? When nature take over your senses completely?

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The photos in today’s post are from a Memorial Day hike, along the McCloud River.

It’s all about experiences, the healing power of nature, and the great outdoors in northern California. 

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Love,

Ms Zen