Around Mile Marker 20 on Skyline Drive is this small parking lot that opens to an old road no longer in use, except by park rangers.

Just a ways down that road there is a flat spot on the left, perfect for a tent. That’s where I pitched mine last Thursday night to enjoy 24 hours off the grid.

When I camp I am the opposite of hard-core. I hike only in as far as it takes to be free of any noise or sight that is man-made. I carry little, just necessities. And of course, my faithful canine companion, Sita, joins me with her pack, too.

Once I have found a campsite I am unlikely to go on a lengthy hike unless I am spending two nights or more. I prefer instead to sit, watch, listen. Nature is my sanctuary and it is alive.

Keyser Run Trailhead is a comfortable walk. It was perfect for casual camping in the backcountry to find peace of mind.

What will you do this week to support your own peace of mind?


“Happiness, true happiness, is an inner quality. It is a state of mind. If your mind is at peace, you are happy. If your mind is at peace, but you have nothing else, you can be happy. If you have everything the world can give – pleasure, possessions, power – but lack peace of mind, you can never be happy.”
– Dada Vaswani