Summer in November

I do a lot of hikes that require rushing. I am often trying to make a summit before storms hit or hurrying to a backcountry campsite before daylight fades. But how I relish the slow meandering walks when I can take out my sketchbook journal and really explore a place by drawing the things around me. Last Sunday the weather was gorgeous, so Doug and I went on a leisurely hike in the Flatirons in nearby Boulder, CO, with some friends. While they read, napped and explored on our lunch break, I set out with my sketchbook. One of my favorite journaling techniques is to walk around, stopping to draw whatever catches my attention at a given moment. When I am done, I always feel like I have made a deeper, more memorable connection with a place.

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