I grabbed a walk Sunday morning and was just overcome with gratefulness at the gorgeous scenery and the fact that I have such a wonderful resource close by. I realized that I am supremely blessed to have a safe, well-kept area in which to walk. I couldn’t help snapping a few pics during my half hour in the park and wanted to share them with you.

In my town, there is a man-made lake with a park, disc golf, walking trails (the trails are actually 8 foot sidewalks that wind throughout the park), biking trails, and lots of trees in which woodland animals scurry about. In the town just south of us – about 20 minutes away – there is no park. I mean, that town has a huge casino and lots of shopping, but no real park in which to take your kids to play or walk or just kick back and enjoy a picnic. Believe me, I searched ALL OVER that little town looking for a nice place to walk during my lunch hour (I work near there) and there was nary a spot for such an activity. If a nice park exists in that town, it is unknown to me. So when I realized what a treasure I have in my own little town, I felt a great deal of gratitude.

I mean just look at this view:

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Beautiful, right?

Right now with all the leaves turning, it is just spectacular.

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It’s almost ridiculous how pretty the park is right now.

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RIDICULOUS!

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I puffy heart this place so bad. It is peaceful and it smells like trees and dirt and leaves – in the best possible way. I want to hug this park and rest my head on it’s shoulder and slow dance with it. I got it bad for this place.

Do you have a favorite place that makes you happy just being there?