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Stress Relief Relaxation Adventure Trip Great Sand Dunes National Park

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Published on Oct 24, 2009

http://www.caryellis.com Get FR*EE Guide to Healing Your Body Naturally byCary Ellis, author of "Super Immunity Secrets."

Adventure travel outdoors is one of the greatest ways to relieve ourselves of everyday stress. You might be surprised if you start looking for places to escape to near where you live. When we live busy lives we may not be aware of National Parks surrounding us. Begin dreaming of a peaceful escape, look at maps within a few hundred mile radius of where you live, and begin planning your weekend getaway now. Maybe take an extra day or two off so you have a 3-4 days to relax, decompress, and let go of stress and anxiety.
All you can hear is a little bit of wind; it's very quiet and very peaceful. We are at the end of the San Louis Valley in eastern Colorado. These are the tallest sand dunes in North America. They were formed by the wind, blowing the sand from the valley floor. They create a beautiful landscape of nature's "art."
We've taken an adventure to get away and de-stress at Great Sand Dunes National Park. We're spending the weekend in a natural wonderland in some incredibly sweet fresh air. What we like most in here is the SILENCE. The campground is actually full, but even so, there's so much open space here, there's still a great silence and nature in its magnificence. We are feeling at peace in these surroundings, on this weekend of adventure travel at it's finest.
This morning, we woke up with the rain beating on the roof of our restored 1950 Spartan travel trailer. This morning there's a sprinkling of snow on the mountain tops, like powdered sugar in the chilly air. It's late September, on the brink of winter, yet we're in one of those marginal times between seasons when it's still really pleasant to be outside, go for walks and just enjoy the natural beauty surrounding us, with the comfort of our camper for protection from the elements.
A drought tolerant shrub (that can be used for landscaping) in this high desert terrain is Chamisa or gray rabbitbrush. An informative sign tells us it's fading yellow flowers were used to make one of the oldest indigenous yellow dyes used by Native Americans for their blankets. On the ground to our surprise we see cactus growing in the area. The soil is mostly sand, and even though at a high elevation of 8,000 feet, the vegetation is mostly desert-type plants.
Getting out in the wilderness, on an adventure tour, hike, walk, camping trip, bicycle or horseback ride can relieve stress, and enliven the mind with new, interesting experiences. As difficult as it is to break away, once we do, it can bring great peace to body, mind and spirit, getting away from cellphones, computers, and all the things that keep us wrapped-up in the manmade world. Being out in nature with friends and family can bring lightness to the being and reduce stress in body and mind. Once we relax and allow ourselves to enjoy a peaceful environment, endorphins increase, those hormones that relax the body and lighten the mind.
This sort of adventure does't cost much, it's even do-able on a budget. The most difficult part is convincing ourselves to take the time off, once we do we realize how much healthier we can be with little breaks like this, to occasionally reduce stress and come back to our everyday world refreshed. Once we get going, the fact that it's exciting makes it even that much more wonderful and restorative. So go get out your tent or camp trailer and plan a natural stress-release get-away today!
Catch Cary at her blog, http://www.caryellis.com - get free recipes and healthy lifestyle tips! Also check out her new healthy living channel at http://www.gethealthynowshow.com

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