By Noreen Kompanik~
We can all agree that dismissing 2020 as a “challenging year” feels like an understatement. The stress, fear, loss, and general angst has taken its toll globally and locally.
The good news is in time we can still visit amazing outdoor destinations to breathe and heal — magnificently beautiful places that inspire, uplift, and sow seeds of hope.
As a popular ski destination, the mention of Breckenridge conjures images of mountains and snow, but every season there is uniquely special.
Situated at an elevation of 9,600 feet, Breckenridge sports year-round sunshine and a fresh climate. Surrounded by azure lakes, cascading streams, and glorious mountain ranges as far as the eye can see, this mountain community will make you feel one with nature.
D. H. Lawrence once described Taos as a “state of mind.” After my visit there, I now understand why.
Experience the magic of Taos at El Monte Sagrado, “The Sacred Mountain” retreat inspired by the region’s natural beauty and spiritual energy. Peaceful calm and serenity abound here.
A land of real enchantment, the stunning beauty of Sedona pulses with creative energy. Sculpted in crimson stone, its red rock towers stand majestically against verdant hillsides and a cerulean sky.
Spiritualists believe centers of energy conducive to healing, meditation, and self-exploration exist in Sedona vortexes. The Yavapai Apache tribe considers the area sacred. Regardless, no one can doubt the magical palette of colors across the sky each evening.
Anyone who’s been to Big Sur understands why it is often called “The Highway to Heaven.”
Bound by the rugged Santa Lucia Mountains to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west, Big Sur remains a remote wilderness and natural masterpiece. Its beauty has been a siren call to writers and artists for years. Suspended 800 feet over the surf, Nepenthe Restaurant is the ideal place to absorb the grandeur of this spectacular region with a glass of California wine in hand.
Known for its unique geography and unparalleled natural beauty, Kauai is one of the most breathtaking islands in the world.
Graced by rainbows and waterfalls, it touches our hearts like no other destination. Ancient Hawaiian gods have indeed blessed this land, from the soaring cliffs and soft emerald peaks of the Na Pali Coast to the vast chasms of Waimea Canyon.
Author Alan Cohen once said, “Do what is healing to your spirit, and without effort, you will bring the world healing in return.” Words to live by and embrace!