A Lunchtime Visit to the Lake


Let’s face it. Making time for yourself is hard. There’s so much to do and so many things demanding our attention.  Between our jobs, personal responsibilities, and hobbies, there isn’t much room for adventure. At the end of the day we’re too tired to do anything but scroll endlessly through our phones until going to sleep.

But there are always pockets of time perfect for small adventures.  I wasn’t using my lunch hour for anything particularly restful.  I live too far from work to go home every day, so I spent my time either in my car, walking around a store, or at my desk.  I get 60 minutes every day to do whatever I want.  Why am I not using them to do something more fun?

I am fortunate to live in a city that provides a multitude of different outdoor places to explore. There are so many I haven’t visited yet. Most are within a few minutes of me and are ideal for quick adventures.  My lunch hour is the perfect opportunity to take advantage of them.

Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams.
Ashley Smith

During lunch on Thursday I grabbed my lunchbox and ventured out to Tuttle Creek Lake. It’s a Kansas State Park within a few minutes of Manhattan. I knew there would be plenty of things to explore there and after a few hectic days, I needed a recharge.  Getting out in nature is actually supposed to be terrific for your mental health.  

When I saw the sign for the overlook, I knew it was the perfect spot for a lunchtime adventure. I followed a winding path uphill that opened up in the most gorgeous view of the creek.  Grabbing the last few bites of my lunch I walked over to the information booth.  Just being there was relaxing.  It started to rain, so I had to hop in my car and get back to work. I felt much more refreshed and ready to take on the rest of my day.

Daily adventures don’t have to be complicated.  Sometimes just getting in your car and exploring is a great way to get away from it all and have some fun!

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