Four Seasons of Aloneness: The Calm-before-the-Storm Hike

“Sometimes you want to go for a walk and you don’t want to be watched. You just want to be anonymous and blend in…” –Madonna Ciccone

Lynton/Lynmouth, UK  -click on image for a full view :)

So I took a time off after some busy days (or weeks shall I say)… Just spending one Saturday away from home—away from the small town of Reading… Because I was in dire need of a good hike, even if the weather forecast said it’s going to rain, I still went on, alone as usual.

Lynton/Lynmouth, UK  --click on image for a full view :)

Lynton/Lynmouth, UK  --click on image for a full view :)

I had this feeling that I was missing something; it’s an unexplainable feeling of hollowness. I don’t think anyone can understand, because I myself could not understand what I’m going through. And I had this need to seek refuge from Mother Nature.

Lynton/Lynmouth, UK  --click on image for a full view :)

Lynton/Lynmouth, UK  --click on image for a full view :)

It’s that feeling that I get when I can’t distinguish which tricks which—the heart or the mind… But either way, it’s not the best feeling in the world. So I just want to go somewhere to see something true–just like the cliff and the valley and the sea and whatever the weather is.

Lynton/Lynmouth, UK --click on image for a full view :)

I believe that Mother Nature presents nothing but the truth. If I arrived in a place that’s awesome, then I should be thankful! If not, then I could always find another place. After all, the world is so massive, just waiting to be explored!

Lynton/Lynmouth, UK --click on image for a full view :)

If it rains, then it rains… If it doesn’t, then I’m lucky.

Lynton/Lynmouth, UK --click on image for a full view :)

And I guess that was what I needed at that time of confusion and obscurity–something true and (hopefully) wonderful.

Lynton/Lynmouth, UK --click on image for a full view :)

Lynton/Lynmouth, UK  --click on image for a full view :)

And I found this silent sanctuary after traveling far. I sat relaxingly, breathing as if my lungs have been empty for so long; feeling the cold and strong wind against my body as if drawing out all the negatives and throwing them all into the innocent and calm waters of the sea. It was soothing.

Lynton/Lynmouth, UK  --click on image for a full view :)

Thankfully, as always, Mother Nature didn’t fail me. And I am grateful for it has always embraced me and poured me with so much good vibes. And yeah, I came here for a hike on a weekend before the UK was hit by a storm! :)

Lynton/Lynmouth, UK  --click on image for a full view :)

And my last thought: I should do this more often. –no, not selfie-ing, but hiking. :)

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Date of Trip: 26 October 2013
Lynton and Lynmouth, EX35 6EQ
Click Lynmouth Itinerary_Oct2013 for the itinerary — starting point Reading, UK

**An entry to the Inspiration Travel Writing Contest by WeSaidGoTravel.com.**

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