"Choosing trust over doubt gets me burned once in a while, but I'd rather be singed than hardened." -Victoria Monfort

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Natures Bounties....

On a quest to be more creative with with being active, in extreme heat (90 degree's is not commonplace for Ohio residents) I decided to finally check out a park that I pass by every day on my way to the gym, on my lunch hour. The Nature Realm. So close to work and home....what was I waiting for??

I couldn't think of a more enjoyable way to spend a lunch hour.  I spent several minutes trying to find the frogs in this pond, that were croaking, and jumping into the water.

After a quick, leisurely 1.4 mile walk on a trail (so I can still say I was active on my lunch hour..), I found this spot on a big, covered deck.. overlooking this beautiful pond where I sat and listened to the birds, and frogs singing....and got re-acquainted with my 50 shades of grey trilogy. Sheer bliss in the middle of the work day!!!

It also has an indoor area (built into the ground!) with naturalists on duty. Plus, several of these tanks full of frogs, and snakes, and turtles -oh my!

My tax dollars at work! I have really begun to realize how lucky I am to live in the city with all its conveniences, yet be so closely surrounded by these amazingly beautiful, and state protected places where I can not only get some miles in, but relax in the presence of nature.

I saw such colorful birds here,  that I didn't know even existed!!

I am lucky to live and work so close to such amazingly beautiful places. 


If your body is a temple, mine must be a mansion! said...

That park is just beautiful! What a great way to spend your lunch hour. I too have been trying to explore more of my neighborhood parks - it is such fun to find such gems right around the corner where you would least expect them!

Allison M. said...

This IS stunning! We have a park near my office that I like to randomly take my lunch and eat it. Just a little different scenery.

Fizzgig said...

definately! i have on the agenda this weekend to visit a park we use to go to growing up. I can't wait to see how it has or hasn't changed!

no doubt, it is so nice to get away! i usually spend my lunch in the work gym, so it was so great to get out and experience something new!