Find your joy in Nature

Find your joy in Nature

We often do not realise, that the answers to many questions that we are unable to find and relax are hidden in nature.We are a part of nature, and it is here, that we are free: free to walk, free to speak, free with our body and soul.

Nature breathes freshness and gives us strength. Nature turns us healthier, and it fills us with a powerful positive energy.

And so, when a person is calm mentally and physically, he/she can think and act in a right way, to organise his/her day rightly and move forward, striving to realise his/her goals.

Harmony of Nature and Human

Human is the unique creation of nature. We live, create, think and act in nature. Nature gave us life, and it is impossible to imagine our survival without nature.

Human, in essence, is the carrier of nature. Often we can have an adverse impact on nature. However, it is inside of us, and we should love and preserve it.

If we compare ourselves with nature, we will find many similarities. It’s not said in vain, “Human Nature” the word itself is the same word “nature” which has two meanings. We are also unpredictable like nature: for a while lively and bright, then, all of a sudden, dark and angry. Even tears, there may be tears of happiness and may be tears of pain, but in both cases, the awakening and light follow, as in nature when it is raining. A person becomes indifferent and cold, and nature brings frost and snow. A person is happy and smiling, comes to life and gives life just like nature in Spring when it wakes up and blossoms. Whenever we are happy, our soul is singing, and we are shining, like birds that sing and the Sun shining in the sky.

Frequently our mood can be changed with the changes of nature: The Sun, green, flowers, birds tweet will give us joy while the dark clouds, the rain, the snow and frost can be associated only with sadness and we may get upset even unwillingly. So, in this case, we need to work on ourselves and become as confident as possible and overcome this influence. In this case, we will find beauty in every season with its weather.

Let’s just enjoy the weather and nature with all its variations.

Your rest in nature

It is always nice to organise our holiday in nature with friends, family or loved ones.

After a hard working week, we need to relax. Sometimes, it is nice and pleasant just to stay at home and relax: watching TV, playing video games, reading a book and so on, however, rest in nature is much more useful and gives positive energy.

Have some rest in nature can be both passive and active.

A walk in the park, listening to music, drawing there or just sitting on the grass looking around and generally what brings us comfort and can be done in the open air can be considered to be as passive rest.

If you prefer passive rest, you may as well spend the evenings alone looking at the stars, walking in the rain, camping and sleeping in the tent or cruise by yacht being cut from the city lights and noise.

But, if you want to have your rest as active as possible you may organise different kinds of leisure time activities, such as picnic with your friends by turning on loud music and dance, making barbeque and create a great and enjoyable party and have fun. This is a kind of rest, which is both pleasant and useful.

We can also include activities such as bungee jumping, swimming in the sea with animals, skydiving, hiking with some group, etc.. All those activities are also kind of sport and useful to your body and health.

Here are several activities that can be proper for your Bucket List. Set a goal and make your dream come true, enjoy every moment of your life and create your beautiful memories in nature!

Bungee Jump

Ever hear people say, "If everyone else jumped off a bridge, would you?" Well if you would like to answer yes to that question, then bungee jumping is the answer! Bungee jumping can be an incredible experience and it is important to prepare yourself.

Go Skydiving

Human Flight

Ah, mans greatest dream.. Or so they say.

Experience true flight. You have to get out of the boat to swim, right? So get out of the plane! Plain and simple, flying with friends is pretty cool. You can create formations, fly around and take docks or even track horizontally with others similar to birds in a flock! While skydiving you learn to control your body and fly with the relative wind. It’s truly amazing, and can be quite challenging as you progress. Once you learn to fly on your belly, you eventually start learning other disciples and flight orientations including back flying, sit flying and head down. Don’t forget about canopy flight.. That stuff is pretty cool too!

Sense of Freedom

I get a profound feeling of freedom while skydiving.

Anything that may have been on your mind disintegrates. It frees you from any stress or problems that may have been occurring. You’re thousands of feet away from everyday life, surrounded by the vast blue sky while flying.

Beauty & Peacefulness

Peaceful?!

Yes! You may think that the ride up to altitude and jump will be scary, nerve wracking and intense. And for your first jumps it can be, but once you leave the plane you might see why I say peaceful. There’s nothing like some fresh air and being able to see for miles, or flying past some nice puffy cumulus clouds. Not to mention enjoying the view under canopy thousands of feet above civilization. But my favorite has to be the moment you leave the airplane, flying your body for the next minute with the people around you, trying to improve your flying.

Conquer your Fears

You know that fear..

The natural ingrained human fear of heights, and the feeling of danger. Going through with your first skydive, and conquering all of those natural fears is very rewarding and empowering. I mean you just jumped out of an airplane, what can’t you do now? It definitely can have a positive impact on your perspective of fear and life in general.

Experience Something Incredible

Your first skydive is something you’ll likely never forget.

Sure it might be a little expensive for your first jump, and yeah the actual skydive might not take that long. But the experience has some great depth to it, and the idea of value by time doesn’t apply. If you think about it, the entire experience likely lasted half the day of more! not to mention all the mental, emotional and physiological build up minutes, hours, days or perhaps weeks beforehand. Plus, if you get hooked and continue with the sport, it only costs about $20 for a jump ticket! Or half of your money for the rest of your life..

Swim with Dolphins

Swimming side by side with these beautiful creatures, dolphins actually possess an IQ higher than an average person, so it must be very interesting and fun at the same time!

Stand Under a Waterfall

Three hidden waterfalls to stand under.

HAVASU FALLS, GRAND CANYON

If you’re looking for a swimming hole that’s convenient and easy to get to, this isn’t it. If you’re looking for a swimming hole that comes with unparalleled beauty and earns you bragging rights for even locating it, Havasu Falls is where you need to be.

There are only three ways to get to this 90-foot waterfall in the Grand Canyon. If you’re really splurging, you can helicopter in. If you’re really athletic, you can hike a challenging 10-mile trail. The third option: Hire a pack mule to ferry you down. Whichever way you take, you’ll be rewarded with vivid blue-green pools and a stunning waterfall with a hidden rock shelter behind it.

HAMILTON POOL, TEXAS

Thousands of years ago, the dome of an underground river collapsed, giving a little skylight to this previously hidden pool in Texas. These days, the site is so picturesque that several movies have been filmed there. And with its 50-foot waterfall, jade green pool, limestone slabs, and stalactites, it’s easy to see why.

WARREN FALLS, VERMONT

It’s certainly not a secret swimming hole—Warren Falls is a popular destination for locals and tourists alike, and with a nearby parking lot that’s less than a quarter of a mile away, it’s easy to access. That convenience means you’ll almost always be sharing its deep pools, multiple waterfalls, natural water slide, and interesting rock formations with others, but the site is so dazzling that you won’t notice.

Swim with Pigs in Bahama

The Bahamas is the ‘Official Home of the Swimming Pigs’. Visitors to the islands are happily embracing the unique and special experience of swimming with the pigs on the uninhabited island of Big Major Cay, which is home to these special creatures and affectionately called “Pig Beach”. The swimming pigs join the vast selection of aquatic activities already popular with visitors to The Bahamas, from snorkelling with tropical fish and sea turtles to shark and eel sightings to scuba diving.

These three words and many more describe the famous Swimming Pigs, a growing, international sensation in Exuma, Bahamas.

Often intimated but never truly duplicated, the original swimming pigs of Exuma have evolved from a little-known secret to one of the world’s most sought-after experiences.

In an archipelago of 365 islands, located just south of Nassau and only 40 minutes from Florida, these amazing animals reign supreme over their own island.

It is unknown how the pigs originally came to live on Big Major Cay, as they aren’t native and the island itself is uinhabitated.

Popular lore suggests that the pigs were dropped off by a group of sailors who wanted to come back and cook them, or that there was a nearby shipwreck and the pigs swam to safety. However it was that they came to be, there are now approximately 20 pigs and piglets surviving easily on Big Major Cay, partly because the island is blessed with three freshwater springs, and partly due to the generosity of visiting Bahamians and tourists.

Sleep Under the Stars

Sleeping under stars is, simply put, awesome.

The last sight you see before drifting off makes you marvel at the immensity of the universe and the beauty of those sparkling glimmers of light.

Anyone who has ever camped can tell you that. And recently, hotels and lodges from California to Kenya are tapping into our stargazing urges and offering the intrigue of the night sky to guests who don’t particulary want to toss a sleeping bag on the ground. Their star beds have plush mattresses, soft sheets, plump pillows (mosquito nets if needed) and—most importantly—room enough for two.

Camp on West Coast

Camping in California and the Pacific Northwest means sites with walking trails, lakes and state parks with dazzling views.

Here we’ve chosen the best campsites in the expansive West, and there’s not a mediocre one in the lot. From breathtaking mountains to bountiful lakes, there’s something here for everyone, and you’ll no doubt depart from any of them refreshed and properly acquainted with nature’s best.

Lower Falls campground, Skamania

This camp in the Gifford Pinchot national forest is set at 426m above sea level in the primary viewing area for six major waterfalls on the Lewis river. The spectacular Lewis river trail is available for hiking or horseback riding and has a wheelchair-accessible loop. Several other trails in the area branch off along backcountry streams, so there is plenty of variety for hikers. Note that above the falls, the water in the river looks safe, but it is not. In addition, the Lewis trail goes along cliffs, providing beautiful views but potentially dangerous hiking.

Salt Point State Park

Along the Sonoma Coast, Salt Point State Park boasts scenic, short hiking trails at Bluff Trail and Stump Beach Trail, Gerstle Cove Marine Reserve and, of all things, abalone diving (just not in the protected reserve). Though the two available campgrounds aren’t rich with amenities, the scenery alone rewards.

Mossyrock Park, Mossyrock

Mossyrock Park is on the south-west shore of Riffe Lake. It is an extremely popular campground, and for anglers it provides the best of both worlds: a boat launch on Riffe Lake and on the nearby Swofford pond, both of which offer great fishing options. Swofford pond is south of Mossyrock on Swofford Road, and no motorised boats are permitted. This campground provides access to a 0.5-mile loop nature trail. Bald eagles and osprey nest on the north side of the lake in the 14,000-acre Cowlitz Wildlife Area, making this a great campground for spotting wildlife.

Saddlebag Lake Campground

If it’s the sights of Yosemite you crave, but not the teeming hordes of tourists, then go to Saddlebag Lake. Located in the western portion of the iconic national park, it is a small campground with the expected scenic views. Just above the Tioga Pass, you’ll find numerous glacial lakes and plenty of wildlife. And if that’s not enough reason to pitch your tent for days, the abundant fishing opportunities should have you eating well during that time.

Pacific Beach state park, Pacific Beach

This is the only state park campground in Washington where you can see the ocean from your tent. Set on just 10 acres, within the town of Pacific Beach, it boasts 700m of beachfront. This spot is great for long beach walks, although it can be windy, especially in the spring and early summer. Note that rangers advise against swimming or body-surfing because of strong riptides. This campground is popular and often fills up quickly.

Laird Lake

The fact that there are only four campsites at Laird Lake makes it attractive, far removed from the outdoorsy hordes you’d see elsewhere. Spread along the beautiful Elk River, the isolated campground provides the kind of privacy and quiet that every camper deserves to experience. The serenity is well worth the trip, as is the fishing. The lake is very regularly stocked with Rainbow Trout by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Nehalem Falls, Nehalem

This beautiful campground in Tillamook state forest, amid old-growth hemlock and spruce, is a two-minute walk fromlovely Nehalem Falls, making this one of the best west-coast spots for spectacular waterfall views. Note that swimming in the pool below the falls is hazardous and not advised – campers can take a half-mile loop trail that follows the Nehalem river for excellent fishing and swimming options.

Piñon Flats Campground

If the idea of camping out at sand dunes makes you sleepy, think again, Sandman. Piñon Flats at Great Sand Dunes National Park offers up access to the biggest sand dunes in the United States. They rise hundreds of feet and offer a fantastic, leg-burning climb. There are 30 square miles of dunes, and the backdrop are the captivating 14,000-foot Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Though there are no official campsites, you can pitch your tent nearly anywhere your heart desires.

Laird Lake campground, Medford

This secluded campground is at 487m above sea level, along the shore of pretty Laird Lake (1.8m at its deepest point). Some old-growth cedar logs are in the lake. Most campers have no idea such a place exists in the area, making this scenic spot very private. The spectacular view of the lake, along with the serene surroundings, makes this one of the best waterfront campgrounds in the Pacific Northwest. Note that there is no drinking water, and garbage must be taken out.

Hike the Appalachian Trail

The Appalachian trail is the longest hiking-only footpath in America — and with 2,187 miles of trail, more than 250 shelters, and an overall elevation gain equivalent to climbing Mount Everest 16 times, it earns that title.

Every year, a couple thousand people try to hike the AT from beginning to end in one season, and a few hundred manage to accomplish it. These people are known as thru-hikers, and these are the warnings I wish I’d received before attempting to become one.

What to expect

A typical thru-hiker takes 5 to 7 months to hike the entire A.T.

After deciding when and where to begin and then registering your thru-hike, you will need to plan your resupply points and know the camping regulations along the A.T.

Learn the camping regulations along the A.T. and the ATC's expectations for hikers who want to be officially recognized as a 2,000-miler.

In addition to these logistics, physical and mental preparations become important factors in a successful thru-hike. Learn more about all these subjects below.

Walk Barefoot in the Rain

Mind Relaxation is Guaranteed

Walking barefoot needs also some attention from your mind. You have to look out for sharp rocks and thorns. As your mind is focused on walking, it is totally clear from any other negative thoughts. And there is a good chance, that those negative thoughts will not return when you put your shoes back on.

Walking Barefoot is Like a Free Foot Massage Session

There are more than 200 000 nerve endings and important reflex points on the sole of your feet. All those are stimulated when walking barefoot. Benefits of stimulating those nerves and reflex points are well explained here. It might hurt a bit, but this means that it was about time you go barefoot – your feet needed it. Over time the discomfort disappears.

Stronger Feet Muscles

Experts say that walking barefoot develops muscle strength in the feet. When wearing shoes, the muscles in your feet don´t have to work that hard. Going barefoot wakes those passive muscles up and makes them stronger.

Better Circulation

As walking barefoot exercises various muscles in the legs and in the feet, it helps the pumping back of blood to the heart. As a result, the chances of developing Varicose Venis are reduced, since the blood does not collect in your legs.

Walking Barefoot Cures for Insomnia?

It´s not scientifically proven fact, but the belief from ancient times still lives and many people swear by it today.

Visit the Amazon Rainforest

The Amazon rainforest, covering much of northwestern Brazil and extending into Colombia, Peru and other South American countries, is the world’s largest tropical rainforest, famed for its immense biodiversity. It’s crisscrossed with thousands of rivers, the most exceptional being the powerful Amazon.

Go Mountain Biking

It’s a killer workout… And it sure beats a treadmill

When was the last time you heard someone say: “I just killed it on the treadmill, and had such a blast!”? In all likelihood - never. One of the main reasons people give up their exercise routine is because they’re just not having fun with it. And understandably so - after givin’er on the stationary bike, they’ve watched a rerun of Seinfeld and shed a bucket of sweat, and that’s about it. Go mountain biking and you’ll find that for every leg-burning, lung-crushing hill you climb, you’re rewarded with the oh-so-sweet decadent descent you’ve been craving.

It’s therapeutic

Had a rough day? Feeling like doing this to your printer? Those who take up mountain biking have an effective and positive outlet to turn to when needing to blow off some steam. Throwing a leg over your steed and hammering it out for an hour can have the same (if not heightened) remedial effects as lying on a couch while relaying your childhood sorrows, without the hourly bill. Your problems may not have changed, but your outlook on them certainly will.

You’ll get closer to nature

As Rachel Carson once put it, “Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts”. Indeed, research shows that those who are able to distance themselves from the noise and havoc of daily life to find reprieve in the tranquility of nature are happier, less stressed and more energetic. One look at mountain bike pioneer Brett Tippie is evidence enough to support this.

It’ll bring adventure into your life

Mountain biking is by nature a pretty adventurous sport, the mere mention of which evokes a certain spirit of exploration and risk-taking. And being adventurous inevitably makes you a much more interesting person. When asking a mountain biker about their weekend, instead of small talk you’ll often hear glorified tales of darting across rickety bridges, scaling treacherous peaks, dodging branches or the odd rabid animal and awkwardly returning to civilization covered in mud, stained with blood and wearing a shit-eating grin.

You’ll get outdoors

Want to feel alive? Studies show that a 20-minute dose of fresh air promotes a sense of vitality and rejuvenation equal to that provided by a cup of joe, minus the jitters. Just imagine what a 2-hour bike ride will do for your well-being and overall sense of kicking ass at life. You’ll also get in touch with your inner-child, bringing you back to the days when life wasn’t about crunching numbers or furiously typing away in a cubicle, but of making the most of simple pleasures.

We are responsible for nature

The planet is our home, and we are responsible for keeping it clean and not to spoil it. We make a mistake if we think that nature doesn’t see, hear and feel. With every action we do, being it good or bad, we leave an influence on nature. If we aren’t caring, how can we expect mutual concern? If we do not think and do not take any action, we always have something to complain about.

Nature cares for us, but we often injure it with our carelessness, even, unconsciously.

Of course, due to the genius mind of the human, the latest technologies give us an opportunity to live an easier life. But all of those innovations also can hurt nature. Sօ here we note, that many things that are beneficial and comfortable for us, harms the environment. Anyway, I can’t refuse many everyday facilities which are detrimental to the environment but became ordinary and necessary, and so, each of us can hardly be ready to live a life of a prehistoric human. ;) :)

Realising all this, every one of us is obliged to care for nature as much as it is possible: keep the surroundings clean and plant at least one tree :)

We find our joy and calm our minds in nature, so it is unacceptable to forget, that whatever makes us happy needs protection and care.