Sunday, March 18, 2012

Blogspiration: There and back again

Hobbits on the Hudson

Cutest hobbits ever, courtesy of @folowbredcrumbs
My love of the outdoors is constantly rekindled by many muses. It is difficult to put my finger on exactly why, or how, or when I fell in love with the outdoors, but it may have happened while reading books as a child.

All my favorite heroes and heroines had to, at some point, trek through the wilderness. Wonderful and scary things happened in that wilderness, and I wanted to find my own adventures there.

I do find my adventures now, and sometimes still with books. One of my favorite camping memories took place a few years ago in the pouring rain. ARA and I had had a beautiful day of hiking, but a storm rolled in just before sunset. Luckily, one of us almost always carries a paperback book on camping trips. We huddled in our tent, taking turns reading aloud from The Hobbit:
"...his hood was dripping into his eyes; his cloak was full of water; the pony was tired and stumbled on the stones; the others were too grumpy to talk. 'And I'm sure the rain has got into the dry clothes and into the food-bags,' thought Bilbo."
Rain isn't so bad. Let's just hope my luck holds, and that I never encounter an unhappy bear, a hungry troll, or a wicked witch.

Blogspiration is a meme hosted jointly by GrowingUp YA and saz101. The meme was created to help spark inspiration among bloggers and readers. An inspirational quote, picture, or video is posted weekly, on the day of the author's choosing, so that it may inspire creativity, conversation, and just a little something.


  1. That's really cute. I've only read the Hobbit one, years ago, but I'm so looking forward to the movie.your blogspiration put me in an awesome mode.

    Thanks for the good start to my day!

  2. And there was that time that two twenty-somethings pretended they were hobbits as they climbed through the Spanish wilderness toward an old castle overlooking the sea...

    Love the post, Sorcha.

  3. Oh my goodness... Sara, this is one of my favorite ones yet... I remember reading the Narnia chronicles as a kid and it making me love the woods, and the idea of quiet forests and snow and lamposts hidden deep within... I LOVE that two of your great loves are so deeply connected.

    I haven't been camping in YEARS AND YEARS, and but you're making me want to start again. It's coming into Winter in Australia... so maybe not the best time to start again, but... oh, I WANT TO!