Lake Somerville State Park & Trailway or A Change of Direction

I spent my Saturday hiking in Lake Somerville State Park & Trailway.  The park is made up of three different areas: Birch Creek, Nails Creek, and the Trailway.  The Trailway is a 13 mile trail that connects the Birch Creek area to the Nails Creek area.  I visited Nails Creek and hiked the from the park to Flag Pond and back, which is about three miles of the Trailway, six round trip.

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The hike was fine.  The weather was decent.  I saw a few people riding horses on the trail, otherwise not much happened. I took a few pictures but nothing much really grabbed me to photograph.   All of this made me uncomfortable.  As I’m hiking I can’t stop wanting something to happen.  I kept wanting to turn a corner and see something beautiful.  I had this incredible desire to find something remarkable.

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The problem was, I was not looking for something great for the sake of the discovery.  I was not just exploring out of curiosity. My anxiety was tied to the this blog. I was worried I would not have enough to write, not enough pictures to post.  My preoccupation with finding blog content was sapping the enjoyment of hiking.

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I do not hike so that I can blog about it.  I blog about hiking because I enjoy it and I like sharing my enjoyment.  I do not want this to feel like a job, ever.  Which means it is time to make some changes.  The universe was screaming at me on this hike.  I was so caught up in my desire to create a good blog, I was tuning it out completely.

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I am going to keep hiking, I am not necessarily going to write about it or post pictures every week.  If I have a really good trip and feel like I have something worth saying, I will write about it.  If something I see inspires me, I will take a photograph.  If not, I will just enjoy being outside and connecting with nature.

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Even though I do not want to force blogs out of my hiking trips, I still want to regularly post on Voice of the Trail.  It has been really good for me to consistently put something together each week.  I love the feeling of coming up with an idea and then following it to completion.  I love feeling proud of the work that I have done.  In the past, I have not always been so good at finishing the things that I start.  I am working really hard to change those old habits.

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Since I am not going to be writing about hiking each week, what will I be posting?  Well, I am going to keep the details a secret for the time being.  Everyone loves a bit of mystery right?  There are several different paths that I am looking into.  I am really excited about each option.  While I do not know exactly where the universe will lead me, it has gotten my attention and I am listening.

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