|starting out on the monk's pond trail at Kripalu|
|beautiful branch that reminded me of nerves|
|teeny tiny pinecone|
|the snowy woods|
|the destination: Monk's Pond|
My first hike at Kripalu was along one of the shortest and easiest trails, up to Monk's Pond. Kripalu has acres and acres of land, but they are also very lucky to be surrounded by many publicly-preserved lands, which buffers the campus even more from civilization.
I did this hike in the morning just before lunch. The sun was out, the sky was pretty clear, and I didn't see anyone. It felt magical.