We live near a beautiful wildlife refuge, and we walk it as often as we can.
A combination of oak, pine, and aspen forests, wetlands, and grassy prairies, it offers an ever-changing, always stunning vista as the seasons roll through, and provides habitat for creatures large, small, and everywhere in between.
The refuge is a fusion of discovery and quiet familiarity. Discovery because it is always changing, and you never know what you might encounter around the next curve in the trail, or through your binoculars trained across the landscape. Quiet familiarity comes from the well known landmarks, sound of wind in the pines, and the always staggering view of Mt. Adams.
There is a three-mile loop trail that wanders along its edge, with a viewing platform at the midway point from which to catch a possible glimpse of some wildlife.
Walking the refuge is to visit a place of safety, sanctuary, retreat, and shelter.
Walking the refuge is to encounter a fusion of discovery and familiarity.
Walking the refuge is an opportunity to stand on a viewing platform and catch a glimpse of one’s life.
Where is there a refuge for you to walk?