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My Favorite Thing To Do When Not Writing

Laurin “Peridot” Wittig

I have so many things I like to do when not writing…traveling, going to the movies (I still prefer to see most movies at an actual movie theater with an audience), going out with friends, playing games, meditating…so many things I love to do when I’m not writing. IMG_4567However, my very favorite thing to do when not writing is walking, or hiking, in the woods. Nothing makes me happier or brings me such a lovely sense of peacefulness as spending time among trees.

Sometimes I hike with my husband and/or friends, but many times, especially on a writing day, I really like to just take a quiet walk by myself in the woods. I’m lucky to live in a beautiful area with wooded trails through many of the local parks. My favorite trail meanders through woods and marshland and I often see deer, pileated woodpeckers, hawks, lots of squirrels, and even the occasional bald eagle there. I find my mind quiets and my senses are heightened simply from being in nature.

IMG_5822As I mentioned, another of my favorite things to do when not writing is to travel, and when I can combine being in the woods with traveling, well, that’s about as good as it gets! Each summer my family goes to Downeast Maine where we spend a lot of time in the frigid lake, but more and more, in spite of the mosquitos, we spend time in the woods. A favorite hike there is at Quoddy State Park, right on the edge of the ocean. It has become something of a pilgrimage for me to head to Quoddy each summer for a day spent in its magical woods. I swear I can feel the presence of ancient people when I’m there…or maybe that’s just my writer’s mind working overtime? IMG_0240

A couple of years ago my husband and I went to Hawaii and hiked in the rainforest up to a magnificent waterfall. It wasn’t the quiet solitude of my usual hikes – lots of people enjoyed that trail — but it was still amazing to walk among the biggest trees I’ve ever seen (no, I haven’t seen the sequoias or redwoods yet, but they are on my bucket list!) and to feel the wonder that came with being surrounded by such magnificent, old trees.

The Ho RainforestAnd last winter I visited my daughter in Washington state. We spent a few days hiking out on the Olympic Peninsula (in February! Brrr, but so beautiful!). The Ho rainforest was positively primeval and incredibly beautiful. That’s me in blue, my daughter Sam in orange, and my grand-dog Pippin in green.

I’m looking forward to more hiking near home, and afar. My list of forests to visit is growing every day!

For more info about Laurin’s books please visit The Books page on her website.

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