Looking Up

Jul 13, 2012

Sometimes our super-saturated, media-driven world can get me down. The sheer amount of bad news one can ingest in a single day via the internet, radio and television can be overwhelming.

That's when I want to get on my bike and ride. And then when I'm tired, I look for a tree ... the biggest tree I can find. I get off my bike and lie with my head against the trunk of the tree and simply look up. The trunk reaches toward the sky, representing decades, or even centuries (the tree above is a 300 year-old Douglas Fir).

I imagine the history that these mighty trees have lived through including wars, floods, famines, weddings, births, and deaths. But at this moment, gazing up through history, all I see is beauty.

Take the time to pedal to the base of a grand tree, lie down and spend some time looking up.

You'll be amazed at how quickly these giants can put life into perspective.

Photo by Willie Weir

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SIGHTS AND SOUNDS is posted every other Friday. Willie Weir is a columnist for Adventure Cyclist magazine. His latest book Travels with Willie: Adventure Cyclist will inspire you to hit the road and just might change the way you approach bicycle travel. He lives in Seattle with his wife Kat. You can read about their adventures at http://yellowtentadventures.com/.

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