The Happy Trail Essay

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The Happy Trail


Sometimes people have a certain place to go to think about things. There are people that associate certain places with negative thoughts or feelings. I believe that people should have places to go that make them happy. Even though, there always seem to be places that make us cry and give us a feeling of great depression. Places in nature are very important to people and their ability to relax, to look at the beautiful scenery, and to have peaceful memories of the happier moments of their lives. I try to always associate nature with positive feelings and thoughts, and if it works for me I think everyone should try it. The truth is, I picture nature representing beauty, happiness, and memories.


Nature is a very beautiful thing in this world. Even at times when it seems as if nothing is beautiful. Whenever I go to the Mines of Spain Nature Preserve, in Dubuque, I think of my friend Karl. Walking on the trails reminds me of all the bugs that used to bother us as we journeyed to our special cliff. He used to jump up and down, waving his hands in the air as if his actions were going to make the bugs disappear. Of course the bugs were still there, and I had my laughs for the day! We would walk together on the trail slowly, and watch all the wilderness around us. There are so many trees and bushes, and during the fall there are the greatest colors of leaves imaginable. Occasionally we would see and hear an animal or two climbing the trees of crossing our path ahead. There are a few streams along this path. The water runs slowly and smoothly, even when in runs over the stones that are in the stream. Karl used to jump in and get both of us wet. It didn't matter how mad I got, because after I would look at him with that mischievous look of his, I would have to laugh. After all, it is a funny sight to see someone stand in the middle of the stream, dripping wet and not making the smallest attempt to move. I think he was probably just scarred to move because he knew if he did I would throw him in anyway. After we walked on the trail for awhile, we came to another path leading high up a huge hill. It was so funny seeing the sudden paleness of his face when he looked up this hill. Sometimes I was afraid that I would have to drag him up the hill, but he was just as brave as I and we climbed. Up and over huge, bulging tree roots and even fallen down trees we hiked. Half the climb required being on our hands and knees, only to slip down a ways after hitting a patch of mud or two. Karl and I would stop occasionally to take a breather and look down to see how far we had climbed. Every time he looked down he would take a deep breath of air and hold on a little bit tighter. I would laugh at him until I remembered how ugly of a sight it would be if I were to fall. Eventually we get to the top and hike a little ways to get to the main attraction. A huge cliff overlooking what seems to be billions of trees, at the greatest scene...

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