Why Go Camping?
- Is it the Forest Bathing? Do the trees emit oils that replenish my body?
- Is it the Ions near the ocean? I feel more in balance when I am near water.
- Is it the Silence in the presence of nature. My breathing slows down. I have a sense of peace and belonging.
We are all packed and excited to get on our way. We are heading to Long Beach on the West Coast of Vancouver Island.
This campground is fully booked almost a year in advance. The sites are a hot commodity, almost as difficult to obtain as tickets to U2, Pink, and Justin Bieber.
It takes us approximately six hours to drive to the West Coast. No ferry travel, which is a bonus. We travel through lush forests and beside beautiful lakes. 10 Reasons Why You Should Not Live On The Island
We Bring The Basics
- Eight foot camper. Easier than a tent.
- Tarps. Tarps. And more Tarps. My husband is the Griswold of camping.
- Layers of clothing. It is Fall weather with a combination of sun and rain.
- Camping food. Everything tastes better outdoors.
- Many books downloaded on an ereader plus hard copy books.
- A good, flexible attitude. Nature and camping can be unpredictable.
We Bring Extras
- Fondue Pot. A real treat and a tradition for the two of us.
- Blueberry tea ingredients. A classic recipe resurfaced from 1970’s camping. A combination of amaretto liqueur, orange liqueur, hot Earl Grey tea or Orange Pekoe tea.
- Propane campfire. Campfire bans are often in effect.
8 Reasons I Love To Go Camping
1. I spend uninterrupted time with my husband. Our discussions contain topics we don’t delve into at home. These topics often contain the truly important layers of our life.
Our discussions often contain silence.
“When you can sit in perfect silence with someone, you truly know how to
communicate.” Richard Wagamese
2. I go for long hikes.
3. I watch the sunset.
4. I see the stars and the planets at night.
5. I take many photos giving me new perspectives on my surroundings.
6. I can read all day and not feel guilty how I should be getting more accomplished at home. I indulged in many books this past week. (see bottom of page)
7. The Sound of the Ocean. The Sounds of the Birds.
The Sounds of Silence.
8. Ocean and lakes as far as the eyes can see. Untouched old growth forests. Open spaces.
It is in these Spaces where I feel most Whole.
Why Leave The Comforts Of Home?
Many great books are available on the Blue Zones and the concept of Health, Happiness and Living our Best Life. One of the books I just finished reading is “The Blue Zones of Happiness” by Dan Buettner. This book reinforces and summarizes many of the concepts we have learned about enriching the quality of our life.
Hundreds of factors affect our happiness. The research shows how 40% is what we can affect through our behaviour. Most of us are familiar with: exercise, eating healthy, meditation, declutter, minimalist lifestyle, surround ourselves with positive, supportive people, to name a few.
Buetnner’s book contains research from Sonja Lyubomirsky. She wrote a popular book a few years ago “The How of Happiness.” She discusses,
“the challenge lies in sustaining the new level of happiness.”
“If you repeat the same happiness-boosting strategies too often, they begin to feel routine. They lost their ability to lift your spirits.”
We need to vary our activities. This concept can apply to our nutrition and diet. It can also apply to exercise, stretching and maintaining a healthy body.
Marty, from Snakes in the Grass shared in The Core of it All how his chiropractor advised him, doing the same sequence of stretches will lose it’s benefit over time. We need to mix it up. Our body does not derive the same benefit from doing the same, routine activities over and over again.
For me, camping falls into this category. I benefit from a change in my surroundings, a change in my activities and a change of pace.
I appreciate my day to day life and the comforts of my home.
I also feel great when I have a change of scenery, I vary my routine and I go camping.
I gain perspective and I feel the harmony, balance, and beauty in nature.
I rest, recharge and replenish my spirit in solitude. I am better able to manage life’s challenges.
I am reminded how I am a part of the bigger picture. I belong here. I am timeless.
I become my Authentic Self.
What activities make you feel your best? Do you vary your routine? Have you gone camping?
Blog sites: Thought-provoking, informative articles on the vast subject of Happiness.
Kathy: Smart Living 365 Shares many great posts helping us Live our Best Life.
Nancy: Defining Third Age A series of posts sharing information from courses she has taken on the Science of Happiness.
Leanne: Cresting the Hill Many interesting articles on the health benefits of “calm” “peace” “serenity” “balance” in our lives. This specific post discusses the concept of “Unbusy.” Choosing to be Unbusy in Retirement
Books I read on my Fall Camping Trip:
“The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” by C.S. Lewis. I recently saw the “Magician’s Nephew” in Chemainus. I was curious about the “Chronicles of Narnia” series.
“The Book of Life” by Deborah Harkness. Book three of “Old Souls Trilogy, A Discovery of Witches.” I read the first two books last Fall.
“Embers” Richard Wagamese. A book filled with rich, yet simple words containing a wealth of wisdom. I LOVE this author. This author was brought into my life by a lovely, smart, wise, intuitive, family member. You know who you are. Thank you for sharing your light.
“The Blue Zones of Happiness” Dan Buettner
“A Mother for His Twins” by Jill Weatherholt. I met Jill this past year following her blog site. I was immediately pulled into this engaging story and I read the entire book in one evening. Suspense, characters you love, the concept of choices and forgiveness. I did shed some tears at the end. jillweatherholt.com
“Better Blogging with Photography” by Terri Webster Schrandt. An amazing photographer with a very interesting blog site. Many gems in this book. Second Wind Leisure Perspectives
“The Artist’s Way” by Julia Cameron
“Habits for Success” by Brian G. Benson