And sleep on the leaf carpeted floors
And enjoy the bigness of nature
And the beauty of all out-of-doors,
You will find your troubles all fading
And feel the Creator was not man
That made lovely mountains and forests
Which only a Supreme Power can.
When we trust in the Power above
And with the realm of nature hold fast,
We will have a jewel of great price
To brighten our lives till the last.
For the love of nature is healing,
If we will only give it a try
And our reward will be forthcoming,
If we go deeper than what meets the eye.
–Emma "Grandma" Gatewood (1887-1973) At the age of 67, she was the first woman to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail (1955).
Above: Round Bald in the Roan Highlands (taken back in June).