I often feel like I need to travel far away to get the true joy of being out in nature. Seeing trees on city streets and birds in my yard can be joyful to a certain extent, but it can’t come close to the feeling of seeing the vast landscape of a national park. However, the more I think of this, the more thankful I am for the forest preserves near me. Yes, they don’t have mountains and I can often see cars behind the layers of trees, but there are different ways to enjoy nature.
Recently, I went to the forest with my grandpa for one of our hikes. After walking, we drove around the forest and parked the car near a large herd of deer. Two bucks were fighting and the show was quite amusing. The two would lock their antlers together, then, and only then, would they start fighting. Surprisingly, it took a lot of time and concentration for them to complete this task, partially because one deer had much smaller antlers than the other. The younger one would run away every so often and come back, but eventually he took off into the forest, defeated.
There is joy in a peaceful canoe ride, joy in seeing the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, and joy in watching the deer in a city forest.The scenery may not be that of a national park, but the wildlife and adventure is still in the forests around you.