I asked Gayle if she could think of an outdoor, quarantine-appropriate activity for the three of us— herself, me and the teenager.
She suggesting “forest-bathing” at Salisbury Township’s Walking Purchase Park.
According to Gayle’s research, forest-bathing is:
Forest bathing is the practice of slowly moving they the woods involving all senses. As you gently walk you breath deeply and it reduces stress, increase positive thinking, and energy levels.
The park features several trails. We walked part of the yellow “Sweet Delight” trail and part of the red “Lenni” trail.
Gayle was disappointed we only walked about 2.5 miles, but I think the last mile was straight up hill— about 18 flights of stairs according to the Apple Health app.
Forest-bathing yielded a very Thoreau sounding journal entry for me.
I am surrounded by unblooming May flowers hearing the buzz of gnats as they swarm into my ears. There are birds chattering like squealing monkeys. The train hollers in the distance: a choo-choo bird.
A breeze cascades across the woods, a floral wave of rain drops and sunlight. I revel in the stillness.
The woods around me has a conversation, but as a human, can I learn the language?
When we got home, the teenager baked her grandmother’s famous corn bake— a recipe I believe she got in high school home ec classes. So it’s got to be 50+ years old.