Right after my graduation ceremony Thursday afternoon I got on a bus and went straight to a retreat center upstate for the weekend (still being all dressed up and carrying a rose that I got at the graduation) to do some volunteer work cleaning up hiking trails. It would be quite impossible to describe the experience and all the feels it made me feel, so I’m not gonna try.
I’m just gonna say that I of course chose the most challenging trail to work on (with most beneficial view from the top too), got bitten up by bugs the first day, exhausted, got completely soaked and frozen the second day, fell quite a few times. But. I never stopped smiling! Seriously, my cheeks feel more sore from smiling and laughing too much than my whole body after raking leaves and lifting tree logs. ✨ #allthegoodthings #upstatenewyork #sanctuary #nature #volunteering #magical #mountainretreat #deerfamily #whatididaftergraduation