This is part of the Slice of Life Challenge hosted by the Two Writing Teachers
Yesterday afternoon my family went to Indian Run Falls here in Dublin. It is about 10 minutes from where we live, but we don't seem to head there as often as we should. The woods that house this little nugget of nature is right next to Dublin's downtown area and it is also only about a mile from a major outerbelt highway. It is easy to forget that places as pristine as this can be right in the middle of surburbia.
We spent about 45 minutes or so walking along the trail, trudging down to the water, playing and absorbing some quality time outside with no agenda. It was just about perfect. About the only negative was there were actually other people there. When I go to places like Indian Run Falls, I kind of want to be alone or just with my family. Escaping is easier for me when I am isolated.
Theologian Marcus Borg writes about "thin places" which he describes as "anywhere our hearts are open." For me places like Indian Run Falls are "thin places." Watching my son and daughter gleefully play in the running water on a spring day while holding my wife's hand definitely opened my heart. I felt incredibly at ease. Well until Hank decided to climb down a steep slope of jagged rocks, but that is a completely different story. What I am thankful for was the opportunity to slow down, laugh, think, reflect and not worry about anything at all.
Since we didn't take any cameras, I looked for some photos online this morning, but found something even better.
If you live close to Dublin, I'd recommend stopping by. If you don't live in Central Ohio, find a "thin place" like this to reconnect with nature and ponder. It did wonders for me.