Summertime in the Belgrades
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The Quest For Quiet
by Esther J. Perne
Canoes gliding along the shoreline, bikes coasting down country roads, hikers entering woods and gaining heights that are of another world, kayaks skimming across the open water, rowboats bobbing with the rhythm of the waves and sailboats
Whether for love or escape the quiet side of summer recreation ranks high among the lure of the region and is one of the most rewarding. Quiet pursuits, quiet power, quiet times that balance out the other lives that people have to live.
The Noises of Silence
by Lionel Tardif,
Quiet in recreation is not library, not museum quiet, although we have that, too. It is the quiet of undertones that soothe the soul. Hoof beats on hard pack, the whirl of a bicycle's wheel, the dip and drip of a canoe or kayak paddle and the snapping line of a casting rod, the crunch-crunch of hiking through leaves, the songs of so many birds that none stands out.
Through the quietness of the outdoors and outdoor recreation, there can be great bonding, observations and conversation, families can share an activity in common and all ages can gain a new respect for healthy exercise.
This summer be a birder, a hiker, a biker. Cross a cove in a sailboat, a kayak or a canoe. Fish early, take a walk late, and listen. It's all here