I’ve got to admit, I’m a total city rat. The dynamic Boston mornings down Boylston St and the buzzing of Copley Square; the golden afternoon hour by the Charles, running side to side with a few dozen people, training for the marathon; the lively Korean BBQ bars of Allston and the clinking of glasses at Lolita are my thing, but I too need to get my nature on every now and then. See, getting caught up in our routine is like swimming under water for too long. At some point, we’ve got to break from under the surface and take a deep breath of air. This is what a weekend escape is all about.
It’s pure playtime – a weekend frolicking in the woods, hopping over rocks, climbing over whatever is in the way would get you tired and work up your appetite, like the times spent playing outside as a child. In fact, spending time in the Great Outdoors has some awesome scientifically proven benefits. Check it out:
- Taking a walk in the forest reduces stress levels
- Spending time in natural green spaces boosts your creativity
- Nature makes you more kind and generous (no joke, unlike Boston, everyone I met on the trail said “hello.”)
- Fresh air and sunlight improve sleep
- Being outdoors makes you feel alive and charges you with energy
The best part is that you can go on a weekend adventure regardless of whether you are. When I lived in Barcelona, I used to escape to the Costa Brava. In Bulgaria, I’d take to the trails of Zelin. Recently, I stumbled upon the 13 Enchanting Fairytale Places in Massachusetts list someone posted on Facebook and immediately decided to give it a shot, so a friend and I took a little day trip to Halibut Point State Park.
Just under an hour out of Boston, Halibut Point State Park is a charming little area of Rockport, surrounded by trees and beaches (texture lovers, rejoice!). You can either chill up on the rocks and look out at the quarry or go for a walk along the coast. Here are some shots from a day spent climbing, relaxing, breathing and having nice conversations without the presence of social media or obligations.
Ditch the car at the parking lot and head through the wooded area over to the trails. If you need to use a restroom, go to the one at the parking lot, since the visitor center’s is out of order.
Chilling on the edge of a rock and looking out to the quarry. Look at all this sky. We all need to disconnect at least once a week. Clear air brings clear thoughts, right?
I frolic like it’s a full-time job HAAA
Headed down along the Bayview trail. Tell me what’s more peaceful than a fluid body of water, its surface gently caressed by the breeze.
I dare you to hop over the rocks. But be careful, here’s why…..
Totally slipped and slid belly-first in the water. My ass was covered in algae but whatever, totally worth it.
Aaaand back on her feet, ladies & gentleman. I’d like to take a second here to thank Saturday’s yoga instructor George for all the balancing poses, without which I’d never be able to hold trikonasana on the edge of a slippery rock.
Making a loop around the beach and back up to the rocks. It doesn’t take long to circle around the park, so take your time and just enjoy.
I learned that one from the Jungle Book (Disney edition).
Don’t be afraid to get dirty. I’m sitting on a massive pile of mud here, but who cares. It’s only stains. Memories are those that stick for longer. Allow yourself a day of play without “adult” worries.
On the way down from the park, I made Evan pull over at the Rockport beach. We watched a family do their annual Easter egg hunt. Tough if you ask me, the eggs they had hid were practically indistinguishable. “Each egg has $5!” one of the kids explained and dove eagerly into the search.
I don’t do Easter hunts, but I do hunt for sunsets and landscapes.
Like this one.
Even though the whole experience lasted about 4-5 hours, it was incredibly invigorating. We often get carried away with work and duties, forgetting to leave the house and get back to the basics. Simple living. No overthinking of who you are, what you do and what you should be doing. Free of judgement. I’ve got doubts all the time. Where am I going? What am I doing? Is this right? What would happen if… What could have been if… Yet, I rarely remember to stop taking myself so seriously. If you plan every step of your way in life, all excitement is lost. Life really is a peculiar mix of persistence and serendipity. You can work on your acting 24/7, yet never get to appear on the coveted big screen. You can also land a lucky opportunity, out of the blue, to in fact be in a film, but you can’t just go f*cking that up with no prep and no effort. It’s important to find the balance between the two and not to forget to surrender to simple living once in a while.
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Have a great week, everyone!