Solitude, Simplicity, and Situational Awareness


“A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone.” – Henry David Thoreau

Simplicity, solitude and slowness of motion, spiced with a healthy dose of situational awareness are the core ingredients of some of my very best and most rewarding winter adventures. Every now and then I hike with a group, but my strong preference in both faraway mountainous wilderness areas or within Oakland County is to hike alone in silent solitude, or with a companion that appreciates the simplicity of solo hiking as the automatic “reset” button we often need in a busy world of work and distractions.

“When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.”

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3 thoughts on “Solitude, Simplicity, and Situational Awareness

  1. Thanks so much for coming to our Winter Walk at Hawk Woods. I was very apprehensive about the trail conditions and the weather but as both of us saw our guests were most appreciative.
    Hope to see your pictures.
    Best regards,
    Mike Mansour

    • Mike, Send me your email address and I will get some photos to you in a day or two. I think you have my card with county gov e address. If not let me know. I can not find your e address on line

  2. Mike. That walk was wonderful! And it will be the subject of my blog on Friday, Feb 7th. I will contact you via your office and arrange to get some photos from our Saturday adventure sent your way. Jonathan

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