Monday, January 18, 2010

Freehiking Revives My Soul

We arrived at Olive Dell Ranch a little late on January 17th, 2010, after a trying day and night of work. PJ was exhausted from staying up all night decoration the building, and I was completely stressed out from interacting with management, so PJ went to bed and I took a freehike.

Freehiking is a wonderful stress reliever. I walked up the Olive Dell Nature Trail and realigned a few rocks that the wild donkeys had kicked aside. Then I hiked the Picnic Table Loop Trail. Along the way I enjoyed seeing new-growth vegetation and birds and seven wild donkeys – the views from the top were breathtaking. I walked back along the other half of the Nature Trail. When I returned, I had nearly forgotten the stresses at work – what a relief.

Freehiking is my mental and physical meditation. Healthy physical exercise, mental healing, spiritual peace - freehiking revives my soul.

Does anyone else feel these same benefits from freehiking?

Returning, I freegardened for about four hours working on the new Boozer Springs Trail which is nearly complete, and scraped weeds.

By then the weather had turned colder, and PJ had awaked, so we walked down to the clubhouse to shower, ate a nice late lunch, and soaked in the spa - hot water on our naked bodies - what a wonderful way to relax tired and sore muscles.

We love our stress-free happy place at Olive Dell Ranch.


  1. I feel the same way about swimming. Work is the last thing on my mind when I'm in the water.

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  3. I also enjoy skinnydipping, but find freehiking a better for spiritual meditation. I wonder if this is a male thing? Ladies don't seem to enjoy freehiking as much as guys.

  4. If you need to carry a rucksack on your back, then you might as well be dressed in our opinion. M&S

  5. I'm all for many different forms of rugged outdoor activities but swimming is the one where I know I'll never fall down and scrape anything.