“I took off my shoes and walked into the woods. I felt lost and found with every step I took.” -Unknown.
I like to joke with my clients that I’m on permanent vacation as I get to live at Bear Lake full time. But it’s much more than a joke as I live her with such gratitude in my heart. Many are drawn to this place. It’s been described as a little piece of Heaven. A place of healing and tranquility. Even a place to come closer to God. The following is a beautiful message about our connection to nature that I wanted to share here. There is something special about Bear Lake, and once you’ve been here, you will know what I mean.
“(Most) humans crave a connection with nature. Be it something as simple as a stroll through a park or hiking through mountain valleys. In short, man has found solace in nature for centuries. Ever feel an overwhelming sense of calm and relaxation after a day spent in the wilderness? It’s not just us saying, but generations of brilliant minds, naturalists and authors have also documented the endless (therapeutic) benefits of spending time in nature. Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), an American author, naturalist, and philosopher best known for his book Walden, celebrated the therapeutic effects of nature by saying, “I believe that there is a subtle magnetism in Nature, which, if we unconsciously yield to it, will direct us aright.” Or the famous words of Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959), acclaimed architect and philosopher, advised, “Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.”
“Many strings of research have shown that direct contact with nature increases mental health and psychological and spiritual development. Benefits of which include stress reduction, sense of coherence and belonging, improved self-confidence, self-discipline and even a broader sense of community. Aside from stress reduction (something most of us need and will undoubtedly benefit from) being in nature bestows a sense of connectedness, meaning and overall purpose. There is a beauty in the chaotic order found in nature; everything is interconnected, yourself included. “Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better,” Albert Einstein.
This Ecotherapy – contact with nature – has been shown and proven as an effective and powerful method of therapy that is being coined ‘more effective than traditional medication or psychotherapy’. The moral of this story? Next time you feel anything from depressed to frustrated, stressed – whatever it is – don’t choose retail therapy or medications– put on your hiking boots or drive off into the woods and sit by a campfire.”
by Julia and Yuriy Manchick
Now I am off to more ecotherapy at the lake.
Moths, mushrooms, marshmallows in the mountains.
Another look at the Swan Flat trail with a detour to Pat’s Hollow Crash Site.
We took this trip in August and I dare say, we felt like the only ones on the trail. With camp chairs and marshmallows, we planned ahead to stop on the trail and enjoy a little camp fire and an unbeatable panoramic view. The kids enjoyed exploring and finding nature treasures.
After our snack break, we followed the trail signs to Pat’s Hollow Crash Site. Click this link to read all about the military plane crash in January 1953.
The trails around the site are for hiking only, so we parked our RZR and had a good walk exploring around. There is a memorial with all the names of the men who died. And at the base there are remnants that people have found and placed there.
Take your family and see what nature treasures you can find.