In the midst of a tedious assignments, arguments, training, travel and work Brown’s Bog was the a great change of pace to my week. I boarded the bus extremely exhausted and nervous. My nervousness was much more subtle on this trip than our previous trip the Johnson’s Woods. I’m not sure if this lack of nervousness was from my utter exhaustion from the week’s events or from some awareness of what I was getting into. When we arrived the brief disclaimer of the presence of poison ivy and sumac seemed to be the only things that made me eerie. My feelings of exhaustion and fear quickly changed once we entered the woods and were surrounded by beauty. I couldn’t help but admire how the sun’s rays peeked through the leaves of the trees, or the leaf litter that I playfully kicked. I used this time to break away from my stresses and really experience and explore the open land as much as I could before returning back to reality. However, it was a bit difficult to explore the limited to the boardwalk. The reasoning (safety and protection of wildlife) was explicitly understood and respected but I’m sure I would have learned more if there were no restrictions.