“To walk in nature is to witness a thousand miracles.”
It seems like a miracle that 2020 is finally coming to an end, but here we are!
Miraculously, scientists have worked at lightning speed to create the vaccines that are being distributed as I write this. I can finally see the light at the end of the long, long tunnel and a start back to normalcy. It won’t happen overnight, and I am continuing to do my part by limiting social contact, wearing my mask, washing my hands, and getting in line for a vaccine as soon as it is available to the general public. I am moving forward into 2021 with an attitude of cautious optimism and a goal to get out and move!
When Covid-19 began, we were heading into spring, a more conducive time to being outdoors. Now, as winter begins, we find ourselves typically more homebound and doing more inside activities. I am guilty of staying indoors during the darker winter months in any given year. My 2021 New Year’s resolution is to get out, get moving and explore nature this winter. I think we all have to — for our mental health!
The Olympic Peninsula offers so many beautiful beaches and trails to enjoy. We are lucky to live in the PNW where we have a moderate climate year round. Washington Trails Association’s website offers a plethora of Olympic National Park trails, whether you’re looking for a day walk or a vigorous, heart-pounding hike.
And if you want to stay closer to home, consider our local State Parks: Fort Flagler, Fort Worden, Fort Casey, and Fort Ebey. As Mary Davis pointed out in the quote above, who knows what miracles you may find by stepping out your front door.
Thank you all for hanging in there with us here at PTYC during the difficult times of 2020. We’ll be continuing our Zoom meetings until it is once again safe to be together in our clubhouse. Be sure to sign up on our website for the boating trips we have lined up for 2021. I am hopeful that we can add more to our calendar this year, staying in compliance with CDC guidelines.
Meanwhile, bundle up and go outside, then reward yourself with a fireside treat:
Three Schnapps to the Wind
|1 cup chocolate chips|
¾ cups water
2 ½ cups milk
1 cup whipping cream
3 T peppermint Schnapps
|Melt chocolate chips with water in a heavy saucepan over low heat, stirring until smooth. Slowly stir in milk and cream, blending well; heat thoroughly. Remove from heat and stir in peppermint Schnapps. Pour into mugs.|