A few weeks ago, I wrote a post about how a lack of travel had inspired feelings of restlessness and boredom with my life. However, in the weeks that followed, I’ve definitely become much better at finding the time to get up, get out, and stay active.
Owing to car troubles, his college schedule, and a tight budget on both sides, we haven’t been out of state in a few months. Still, this hasn’t stopped us from discovering a few hidden gems we had never explored before.
This time, we visited Constitution Lakes, where we were met by lush forestry, beautiful walkways, vast areas of swampland, eerie artwork along the hiking trail, and a dragonfly with a lesson to share.
In the Beginning
The head of the trail didn’t seem very promising, but as we often do, we started the hike without checking any maps, and crossed our fingers.
Luckily, taking the risk did not go unrewarded this time. After about a mile or so of hiking, we came to a walkway and bridges overlooking the swampland, which was oddly beautiful in its own way.
The Unbeaten Path
After the walkways, a more rugged trail began that – truth be told – wasn’t very well kept. Nevertheless, its unkempt quality only made it that much more challenging and fun to wander through.
As we continued along the path, we realised we were not alone, and that eerie little characters and plastic limbs were strung along the trail as artwork.
It was a curious addition, and one both Michael and I doubted were any good for the natural environment, but they were intriguing anyway.
After passing the eclectic collection of artwork, we came across a narrower bridge that went directly across the swamps. All the others had only skirted the banks, and feeling up for a challenge, and the opportunity for great photos, we decided to cross it.
The walkway took us deep into the woods – so deep, that after a mile or so, there was nothing new to see.
The Lesson in Patience
As we walked back, I looked at the beautiful dragonflies all around me, and lamented that I would never get to photograph one.
“They’re the holy grail of photography,” I told Michael. “They’re so beautiful, but so fast. I don’t think I could ever catch one.”
“You just need to have patience,” Michael encouraged me, though he had never tried it before, himself.
I wasn’t so sure, so I decided to take shots of the model who willingly posed for me, instead.
When I showed no keen interest in trying very hard, Michael decided to give it a whirl.
He’s pretty handy with a camera, but if he wasn’t willing to spend ten minutes rolling around on the hot walkway, in the middle of the swamp, we wouldn’t have these blue beauties to share.
It’s amazing what you can achieve in life when you couple determination with patience. Remember this as you go through the rest of the week.
Don’t miss out on claiming your holy grail, like I did.