Yesterday my boys went on a hike with a very dear friend of mine. It was an absolutely beautiful day, you can see from the photo's below.
We are very blessed to live in this region, called the Adirondack Mountains. The river below is the Hudson, it is 315 miles long and runs from these mountains straight down to New York City and New Jersey. She's a beauty.
It is named after Henry Hudson, the Englishman who once sailed for the Dutch East India Company. He explored this river in 1609.
For us, hiking gives us a sense of peace, especially when you reach the summit. These mountains are majestic and the panoramic views take our breath away.
We often think about the Algonquian and Mohawk Indians. They used the Adirondacks for hunting and traveling, but had no settlements in the area. Part of the French and Indian War (1754-1763) happened at the edge of the Adirondacks.
It's a magnificent world we live in, despite war, death and famine. There is so much beauty in our world to behold, whether it be in your back yard or in a land yet visited. I encourage everyone to take in as much beauty as you can in your lifetime. Remember, everyone dies, but very few people really live!