OUTSIDE THE CONCRETE

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OUTSIDE THE CONCRETE

By Frank Jones

I remember desiring to one day live in a big city with lots of lights and people everywhere. I worked very hard to obtain this dream I've had for so many years. Now residing in Los Angeles California and reflecting back on growing up in the Mid-west during the 80's and 90's, it was always fun to get outside and play. I would always find ways to explore while out on the trails riding my dirt bike. Something about the change of the air, the smells of nature and the beauty of the outdoors has always grabbed my attention. Being in a big city, it still has the same effect.

While most of my friends and family loved summer time, I was one of the only kids I can remember that looked forward to fall and winter (The changing colors of the trees leaves and the beauty of pure white snow coving everything.) I moved away to college in Northern Minnesota and learned a whole new version of "The Outdoors." From Native American tribes to the different cultures of people who settled in that area, I gained new knowledge and experience of nature and all it has to offer.

Now while living on the west coast in the big city, I find myself often times craving to get out and explore the beauties of nature that California and surrounding states have to offer. Sometimes just a few minutes away in the surrounding landscapes. Like to call them city hikes because they’re so close to the concrete but far enough away to feel as if your miles away from civilization. My local hiking trail can take me to that feeling on the inside of just being free in nature. I can sit and watch the wild life all day long.

 

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"Over the years I've learned that there is a peace that you’ll find while out. No worries of who's texting me, posting on social media and no noise. "

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Although I love LA and all that it gives to me, I have found that there is nothing like the serenity that come from just getting outside away from all the concrete and into the wild.

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