While picking out our site earlier today, we noticed a large tree standing amidst the forest and soon realized that this was a Redwood- the first Redwood tree we had ever seen, commanding the neighboring trees with his presence. Tucked away in the woods 300 yards from the lake, the whole crew (including Rhonda and Frankie J) is embracing the slowness and simplicity that we often forget to relish in.
Blake has a thing for large bodies of water, lush mountains, and simplicity so he is clearly in a good place. Hannah finds comfort in wearing layers, breathing in the fresh western air, and uploading pictures from places that make her look that much more adventurous, so she too is also in a good place. After setting up camp, we hiked Vikingsholm Trail along Emerald Bay, a beautiful clear inlet that eventually opens up to the grand ol’ Lake Tahoe and let’s just say that this has been one of the most striking views of the trip thus far. While on the hike, we did not spend time talking in depth. Instead, we silently took it all in- the view, the weather, the people passing by, the little things we usually forget to pay attention to. Breaking the mentality of ‘faster is always better’ can be an extremely refreshing thing when you take the time to commit to it and we believe that this trip has introduced us to the idea that one may just feel happier, healthier and more productive when one slowly takes in all that there is there, before rushing into the next thing on the to-do list.
In his TED talk titled ‘In Praise of Slowness,’ journalist Carl Honore speaks about his slow movement mission, believing that “the great benefit of slowing down is reclaiming the time and tranquility to make meaningful connections—with people, with culture, with work, with nature, with our own bodies and minds.” Today it was with nature that we made our connection, slowing down and taking in the beauty that was all around us. It does not take a genius to give out this whole phenomenon/idea but rather someone who is mindful of their surroundings. Don’t get us wrong, speed can still be a good thing…the buzz, business and bustle can be energizing but every once in a while, there is something enchanting about finding your ‘inner tortoise.’ Today, we did not race through the day, insanely planning the next; instead, we tried to simply be.
Today, we find graditude in sharing a burger with someone along the way (see photo), reaching the furthest western state on our trip, and taking in moments of silence to appreciate our surroundings.