“True happiness begins with inner silence, and in a loud world, it is often hard to find happiness and joy. Sometimes we must give our minds and souls a break from the noise of society, and connect with the deeper, more natural world from which we all came.”
While standing and stretching in a rural gas station parking lot off the highway somewhere in between New York and Chicago, I noticed a river running through the back part of the property. As I walked towards the river, I could start to hear the sound of rushing water, and then I started to hear bird song. Scanning the tree-tops, I saw the source of one of the most intricate and beautiful sounds of spring, the cardinal, which most people identify as “that red one”.
OSI is one of the few places in the entire world where you can hear natural silence for even a few minutes. This experience changed me. While I stood silently in the Hoh rain forest, I realized that I had never truly listened to the world I lived in, and never fully appreciated all the beautiful music that nature makes.