Alone in the Woods Reflection

There is a place that is very special to me. A place where life is created and ended as time stands still. This is a place where someone can relax and can also have fun here. One might wonder how such a magical place could exist. This place is not my room, or on some over populated beach, my special place would have to be in the forest. Forests are a great place to ride dirt bikes, they are full of spectacular beauty, and forests are peacefully secluded away from the world. As one can see, forests are my favorite place to be.

I have been born and raised in the hills of West Virginia. I grew up on the pegs of either a dirt bike or a 4-wheeler. Living in a state like West Virginia gave me the opportunity to spend many hours in the woods enjoying nature. My friends and I built forts, played manhunt, and rode our bikes in the woods. Many people enjoy hunting, fishing, and camping in the woods of West Virginia. Mountain biking and horseback riding are also popular activities done in the forests where I live. My friends and I also built BMX bicycle jumps in the woods near my house. I would have to say of all the activities one can do in the forest, mine would be dirt bike riding. The forest offers many challenging up and down hills, stream crossings, and technical off cambers to ride on. I have a common group of friends who gather on Sundays to challenge Mother Nature, each other, and ourselves as well. I enjoy spending time with my friends especially when taking in the beauty that the forest has to offer.

To me the forest is where life begins. The forest is a place of undisturbed nature. There are several different types of forests and thousands of different types of plants and animals. I grew up in deciduous forests, not having the pleasure to explore the other kinds such as coniferous and rain forests. Deciduous forests have trees such as oaks, maples, and ashes. I never realized the beauty of the changing colors in the fall, until my cousins visited once from Florida. They were amazed at how the leaves changed colors and fell from the trees to be scattered around by the rustling wind. I always took this time of year for granted, thinking of all the work that is involved with raking and bagging leaves. Fall is my favorite time of year, with spring a close second. The forest is home to so many plants and animals. It is truly astonishing that these animals are hidden among the trees. The plants of the forest do provide excellent camouflage.

One day when I build my own home, I plan to build it in the middle of the woods. It will most likely be a million miles from nowhere. Neighbors and traffic will not exist where I plan to live. I do not want to bother anyone with my “toys” or I mean dirt bikes. I want to be able to sit on my front porch and take in nature’s splendor. The only bother will be the birds chirping and the night owl’s hoot.

As one can tell, the forest is a very special place. With such serene beauty and peacefulness, it would be hard to find a more calming place. Some might say that home, the lake, or maybe the beach is their favorite place but the forest is mine. With such splendid beauty, peaceful secluded ness and not to mention a great ridding place, the forest is a very special place to be indeed.




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