This is a continued series on worthwhile things that don’t cost money. Feed your soul, close your wallet.
I’m a nature fanatic. My blog should probably be all about nature instead of money, because nature is my passion. Stop for a second. Pull your eyes away from your computer screen and look outside. Isn’t it beautiful? You can have hours and hours of free entertainment in nature. Walk. Hike. If you have a bike, ride it. Go swim in a river, lake, pond, creek…doesn’t matter, there’s all kinds of great water out there.
Columbia has great parks. If you’re in Columbia, I recommend Capen Park and Stephens Lake Park. Both are gorgeous. Stephens is better for families. It has a broad, paved trail around the lake, fields, picnic tables, gazebos, a fire pit, a sledding hill, and playgrounds. I love to people watch there in the afternoons. Great place for dogs, too. Capen is good if you want it a little less developed. Gravel trails meander through the woods and by a creek. Or, hike up the rocks for a great view atop a small bluff. Depending on the day, you might have it all to yourself or might share it with rock climbers who always come out when it’s nice. Keep going up the rock to find a dirt trail through the woods. There are tons of other parks and nature areas throughout the city and in the surrounding area. There’s definitely something for everyone wide open and completely free.
Nature is a great place to ponder or meditate- you can escape everything and just be alone with your thoughts. I love to have quiet times with God out in his creation. Or you can get out into nature to get away from thinking for a while and not worry about anything. It can be serene or adventurous. Enjoy nature in isolation, or in bring along some friends.
Here’s a great money saving secret- nature is always romantic. Don’t wanna buy your date dinner and a movie? Try picnic and a sunset. Trust me, you won’t look like a tightwad, you’ll look like a hopeless romantic.
If I had to choose one pleasure in life to spend money on, it would be nature. And lo and behold, I can have that for free! Isn’t life beautiful?
“There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society, where none intrudes,
By the deep sea, and music in its roar:
I love not man the less, but Nature more.” -Lord Byron