The Essentials

 

Finally.

She shrugged her pack off and lowered herself so her back rested against a tree, blessing — for the umpteenth time — the waterproofs she’d splurged on several years ago.  The purchase had meant giving up puddings for two months, but she’d never regretted the trade-off.

Food was essential, but so was heeding nature’s call for spending time in the outdoors. It was required nourishment for her soul.

In any weather, no matter damp or cold.

Soon she’d make the tent, gather wood, and light a fire to cook her oats on. But first she just sat, filling her lungs with air and her mind with calm contentment.

Raised in the city, she didn’t know how hungry she was for the outdoors until friends invited them to join a camping trip. She was ten.

Her parents hated every minute of it. For her, it had been like finally finding home.

 

 

 

For Crimson’s Creative Challenge #52

 

Marine Park Wonder

AngThong Marine Park NaamaYehuda

Photo: Na’ama Yehuda

 

Layered cakes of history

Over turquoise water

Topped with jungle hats

And splurged with hidden wonders

Under every gentle splash

And kayak paddle pat.

 

 

Info and so on: Ang Thong National Marine Park is a fabulous archipelago of 42 islands in the Gulf of Thailand. It features amazing limestone mountains, jungles, sandy beaches, waterfalls, and hidden sacred lakes. About an hour fast-boat ride from Koh Samui, it is a protected area of about 100 square kilometers of land and sea and is home to an abundance of exotic wildlife and sea creatures (snorkeling is something you’d really wanna do!). Kayaking, diving, and hiking some of the rocky mountains make for a fabulous time. The Blue Lagoon (AKA Emerald Lake) is absolutely mandatory to climb to!) . Usually a day-trip boat charter from Koh Samui or one of the neighboring islands, there are also some rustic bungalows and tents available for overnight stay. Our family did the day trip from Koh Samui last summer, and it was fantastic!

 

For the Sunday Stills challenge: Parks

Outdoor Essentials

Alma Packing OsnatHalperinBarlev

Photo: Osnat Halperin-Barlev

 

“Come on Daddy, let us go

To the great outdoors

And so,

Pack this rock in

And that, too.

I’m all set

And so should you!”

 

 

 

For the Tuesday Photo Challenge: Outdoors

The Great Outdoors

The great outdoors NaamaYehuda

Photo: Na’ama Yehuda

 

There’s naught much more needed

To fill the heart with song,

Than the Great Outdoors

With loved ones along.

 

 

 

For Sunday Stills: The great outdoors

 

 

Potential

Balcony SmadarHalperinEpshtein (2)

Photo: Smadar Halperin-Epshtein

 

From shade onto sunlight

From old bricks

To plastered walls,

She gazed out

To the terrace

And a horizon

Pregnant with

Potential

Rainfall.

 

 

For Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge

 

 

Your Backyard

Summer camp AmitaiAsif

Photo: Amitai Asif

 

When your home

Packs away

On your feet

In your bags,

The entire

Wide world

Is your glorious

Backyard.

 

 

For the Tuesday Photo Challenge: backyard

 

Chill Your Fill

Chill InbarAsif

Photo: Inbar Asif

 

If you’re out and about

But your thirst is quite real

There’s a clear stream awaiting

To help you chill your fill.

 

 

For the Sunday Still Challenge: Summer drink