This post is a flashback from our trip out west in 2009.
I'm in need of a little nature therapy this morning, but it is only literally below zero outside in southern Wisconsin today so I'll have to get my dose of nature through photographs.
On our trip out west in 2009 we stopped at St. Vrain State Park in Boulder for two nights. Eighty-seven campsites hug seven small ponds filled with birds even in September. I would definitely stop there again, it was nice just walking around the ponds at the end of the day.
We toured the National Center for Atmospheric Research, checking out exhibits about global warming and other weather and climate related topics. Check out their top 10 stories for 2015 here. From extreme heat on the rise to nighttime storms on the Great Plains there is plenty to explore. And we got to see I.M. Pei's award winning architecture too.
The "weather trail" behind NCAR was short but filled with natural beauty.
We also visited the Leanin' Tree Museum and Sculpture Garden of Western and Wildlife Art which exhibits the private art collection of Ed Trumble, Founder and Chairman of Leanin’ Tree, publisher of fine art greeting cards.
Admission is free and the collection includes 250 paintings, 100 bronze sculptures and of course you can spend money in the card and gift shop on your way out.
Actually spending time in nature (like hiking and camping) does a lot to repair the stress and damage to our minds and bodies that comes from living in a modern world filled with too much stimulation.
I keep trying to explain to other people why I'm always running off for the outdoors, maybe I'll be able to articulate it a little better now with some science to back it up!