“All who wander are not lost.” From their original source in Psalm 102:1-4 or as recycled in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings I love these words. Some say they speak to an intense desire to leave a place whether it be a hometown or a place that just gets old. Some folks go as far as leaving their well-paying jobs to go and visit a new faraway place. Ok – there’s one I can relate to but for me it’s a lot more straightforward: I love to slow things down and wander along a trail…any trail…from anywhere…to anywhere.
To a related point, take a look at the “What’s with the boots?” tab on this site when you have a chance. I’ve made my share of mistakes in life – and continue to do so today – but the one thing I got kinda right (for me) is to slow thing down from time to time…to make time for fun…to enjoy the ride…and to get outdoors when we can.
Now, lest you think I’m some well studied student of the Bible or a serious movie buff I’ll confess I first saw these words on a home decor sign in Estes Park Colorado. Yeah – that’s about as far as my sophistication goes. But they resonated with me…I identified with them. I love to wander.
For the past 30 years I’ve done most of my wandering in the Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP) or on the back of a motorcycle. Next time you’re seriously bored visit my channel on YouTube: JimGoProVideo and take a few hikes with me…and join me on a few long distance rides.
And for sure, the next time you’re looking for an accessible adventure I highly recommend a visit to RMNP. We are very fortunate in that we have a number of really great National Parks in the country…but RMNP holds a special place for me and has for quite some time. I recommend a visit when you can. With 355 miles of trails to enjoy it’s a hiker’s park for sure.
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Pictured: …a favorite place to wander thru the years. Is there a place that you tend to go back to thru time? Why is that place so special to you?