Sometimes, the daily grind can get almost anyone down. However, when I slow down and take a look around, I do feel lucky. I have more responsibilities now, and my adventures are usually on a smaller scale, yet joy always rises from my gut when I find real beauty close to home. Recently, my wife, pup, and I discovered a park in Clackamas close to neighborhoods with baseball fields, a rose garden, picnic areas, and multiple patches of nature to cherish. It was a pleasant surprise, and a nice spot to stroll in the late afternoon. We just need to get out and find those places.