I live close to an extraordinary Portland (Oregon) City park called Mt. Tabor. I walk there as much as I can – preferably every morning and often with friends later in the day (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Tabor,_Portland,_Oregon). Portland is one of three cities in the United States to have an extinct volcano within the city limits.
I have walked up at Mt. Tabor literally hundreds of times over the seven years I’ve lived in Portland, in every season and every temperature. It never fails to fascinate and rejuvenate me. As I continue my studies in horticultural therapy, I’ve become keenly aware of the benefits of spending time in nature. The New York Times published an interesting essay on “Why Trees Matter” (April 11, 2012) that you might be interested in reading: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/12/opinion/why-trees-matter.html?_r=3.
Walking at Mt. Tabor, or anywhere in nature, reduces my stress, provides sensory stimulation (sight, sound, touch, smell and even sometimes taste), and of course provides physical exercise. Below are some of my favorite photos that I’ve taken over the years.