Today, after walking about 6.5 miles, I stopped at a bench along the trail. I stretched out along the length of the bench, but I was concerned that once I laid down, I might not get up again for a while, either because I fell asleep or because it just was not physically possible. As I looked up towards the sky, I couldn’t help but notice the contrasting white and black branches against the cloudless, blue sky. Camera to the rescue: of course I could move! I reached down into my backpack for my camera, focused and started shooting.
Not sure which was more energizing — the physical rest or the calm from looking up at the trees. Either way, I soon was on my way, with enough energy for the next 3.75 miles towards home. The final quarter-mile — that’s another story!