For at least a year now I’ve heard about Aullwood Gardens, a part of the Five Rivers Metropark system here in the Miami Valley, from Emily Webb. Most often, when I was on this side of North Dayton with time to spare, the dogs have always been with me. Today I decided it was time to make a visit.
When I turned off of Highway 40 into the park, I knew I was in for a treat as I drove down the winding tree–tunneled road leading to the actual park. Near the parking area, and a long a beautiful, scenic waterway, was a friend of mine, Diane Lutz. I’ve known Diane for many years as she has been a good friend to the adoption agency that has served me well. Diane gave me a brief layout of the land, and her enthusiasm for the park only heightened my keen interest in investigating.
For the past 60 minutes I’ve been strolling through thick tree-lined paths, almost always within hearing range of stone-filled brooks and waterways. If it were not for the mosquitoes, and the gentle hum of the distant traffic near I-75, I would believe I am actually listening to one of those relaxation tapes – except Pachelbel’s “Canon in D” is not playing in the background.
The stone bridges across the waterways are rustic, and quite picturesque. The sounds of nature, all around me, or rather, in surround-sound with a natural Dolby, are composing a spontaneous symphony that’s both calm, refreshing, and reassuring. The sense of isolation and beauty makes me wonder if this is what the legendary Adam experienced in the Garden of Eden before he was joined by Eve.
I think, more than anything, I am terribly astounded that Siri and Wi-Fi are actually working back in this area.
My meditative walk and picture taking, have soothed the spirit, and replenished the body and soul with a tad bit more vigor, and joy.
Although I brought along my earbuds to listen to music while walking and snapping pictures, I am so glad I forgot them in the van. Had my iPhone been playing music, I would’ve missed an even greater concert that has surpassed anything an instrument, a human voice or technology could have composed, and performed. For today, I was blessed to journey through one of the most outstanding concert halls known to man – Mother Nature’s concert hall.
Thank you, Emily and Diane, for sharing your enthusiasm for this beautiful park, and for encouraging me to love it just as much as you do.