It was with the arrival of Nic and his clan on Friday night, coinciding with a raging thunder storm, that we decided should the weather let up for Saturday, we will go on a hike along the Kouga River that slithers its way past our farm in the valley bellow, all the way through the Baviaanskloof Mountains to supply PE with its water. So the next morning, even though the weather was still miff, we launched into the hike. The hike itself was only about 12.5 km during which we had a thunderstorm with lashing rain and we even had to do a bit of swimming. Due to the weather, it was only myself, Rain (my youngest daughter, a fitting name for the occasion) and Nic that undertook the mission. The hike, although not long, was just long enough that we went through the first stage of the walk all chatting about this and that and marveling at this and that, then the silent part where everyone was just sort of lost in their own thoughts and only communicating on the path that should or should not be taken. Then on the last part of the walk, Rain drew alongside me and told me how much she was enjoying the walk. This was followed by an in depth description of the movie, "The Beach", we felt close!
I think walks in nature are so important for the soul, it also gives us a chance to marvel at Gods creation and I think it's what He gave it to us for, to enjoy on our days off, to recharge - so look after it!