MY DAY: Hiking through The Narrows

A few years back, my friend, Mary Tarlano, recommending a really neat place to hike. The Narrows.

I am assuming that it’s on Indian Riffle Rd. in Greene County, but I am not quite certain. All I know is that I headed east on Dorothy Lane, Driving for three or 4 miles into Greene County.

It really is a nice setting. Right now, I am walking by the river. For the life of me, I have no idea which river this is, but the signs say that it’s a river. It looks wide enough to be one, so I believe them.

When I entered, I had no idea which way to go so I just followed signs. I’ve climbed up and down a number of steep steps, and feel as though I’ve hiked a good 3 to 4 miles. However, the application on my cell phone indicates I’ve not even gone two miles at this writing.

I am quite taken with this scenic path along the river – a river that, right now, bears no name.

I truly love hiking through scenic places. Parks. Wooded trails. Lovely neighborhoods. Along waterways. I have all of this within a 5 to 10 mile radius from my home.

These walks seem to provide not only exercise, but mental and spiritual refreshment.

There are times when I would like to bring the dogs, but these walks are my time. When I have the dogs with me, I have to be in charge and continually look after them. These are my walks.

I really need to take some trips beyond the Miami Valley so I can hike in other venues with which I am not as familiar. One area that I would like to explore is the Rockcreek park on the western edge of Washington DC. I would also like to go hiking through the Great Smoky Mountains. I’ve added these two locations to my next live out loud list when I turn 55.

Between my birthday celebrations of age 50 and 55, I am also electing to choose one location to which I would love to travel. I will do four of these each year – one each quarter.

As I continue to walk along the riverbank, I can see why so many great artists, poets and composers are moved by nature. The inspiration for nature’s beauty is here for the visual artist. The inspiration for nature’s own words and meter are here for the poet. The inspiration for nature’s own symphony and chorus are here for the composer.

I hope others will take advantage of the nature around them. Even if it’s only through the grass, trees and flowers of one’s own yard, there is still beauty to be breathed and enjoyed.

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About Wright Flyer Guy

Darin is a single adoptive father, a teacher, playwright, and musical theatre director from Kettering, Ohio.
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