Walking Brightly in Winter’s Savanna

Loess Hills in winter. Photo by Robert Smith

Loess Hills in winter. Photo by Robert Smith

Reflecting on a winter saunter, Henry David Thoreau wrote: “We walked in so pure and bright a light, gilding the withered grass and leaves, so softly and serenely bright, I thought I had never bathed in such a golden flood, without a ripple or murmur to it. The west side of every wood and rising ground gleamed like the boundary of Elysium….

As it happens, Thoreau’s Elysium is not in 19th-century New England, but in 21st-century Loess Hills of Iowa. At least for us. If you have time, we’d like to show you the way on Sunday afternoon, January 25th.

We’ll meet at Hitchcock Nature Center in Honey Creek, Iowa for our first Saunter of 2015. Our Sauntering will be vigorous and steep, requiring warm clothes, good health, and a sturdy attitude. And a reservation. Contact me to sign up and to get further directions by Friday, January 23rd.

More Saunters will follow! Watch this site for announcements, read Thoreau’s “Walking,” and live brightly with your boots on.

Saunter on,

Jack

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