Yesterday, I did a hiking meditation up Sleeping Beauty Mountain with my love. It was a good 7 mile roundtrip.
We began by parking at the Hogtown parking lot, and walked along the road to the Darby Clearing. (Next time we will drive straight there but I was worried because we didn’t have 4WD.)
I was glad we walked along the road, following a small creek, passing wetlands along the way to the clearing. We were also able to see and checkout the stone ruins of what looked to be an old farm house.
Following the path up the mountain trail, we passed several large black lichen boulders poking out behind tall maple, birch, white birch, poplar, and pine trees.
I was surprised to how quiet the woods were. But we were visited by brother and sister chickadee, finch, grasshopper, and dragonfly.
Walking over run-off paths of stones and touching the incredible root system of the forest was spirit filling. The smell of the wet earth, pine needles, and leaves coupled with rays of sunlight streaming through the canopy…breathtaking yet breath-giving at the same time. But all of this does only add to the grandeur of the summit cliffs on the south side.
The inspiration there captured my heart and mind. The rippling hills cupping Lake George, the green-man blanket surrounding Bumps Pond. It’s the perfect place to see the sun rise and set on the same day.
Softly sleeping and dreaming of nature and sunshine.
It truly is a beauty.
Hiking meditation. Sleeping Beauty Mountain, Fort Ann, NY.