Sitting on the shore of Roosevelt Lake listening to the gentle lapping of the water as a soft dawn spread over the distant mountains, I pondered the comfort it gave me to sit here in a half-crazed world.
We human beings can’t seem to withdraw ourselves from the hectic cycle of life. We’re so trapped in our daily routines, commitments and tasks that we forget how to simply be — exist and enjoy the world. So a short rest from “doing” can make all the difference when life seems to pile up around us.
Still, last week I found myself questioning whether to go camping at Roosevelt Lake for a couple days. I had things to do — homework, projects, obligations. I almost didn’t go.
Yet, once I arrived and saw the sun setting over the lake and smelled the wood smoke of nearby campfires, I began to “let-down.” My mind gradually relaxed, shifting to a more peaceful, less tense mindset.
Several aspects of Roosevelt Lake make camping a satisfying experience. The broad blue water that offers a variety of activities. The many trails surrounding the campsites encourage healthy exercise during the cool hours of the day. A few parks offer a place for kids to play.
Roosevelt Lake remains a popular hotspot for lakeside campers during many months of the year. Camping directly on the shore allows for immediate access to the water for avid fishermen, boaters or swimmers. For those who enjoy more modern conveniences, trailer and tent campsites are available overlooking the water.
Yet, camping remains only one activity that helps to refresh the mind. For those who can’t commit to overnight trips — hiking, biking, or even walking in a local park are other activities that aid in maintaining sanity.
Perhaps the real purpose of nature is to point us to something greater.
So, the next time you feel the pressure building up, go outside and enjoy what has been given to you.