This photo looks like one taken in front of a picture in a studio!! It was taken on June 1st on the Rampart Ridge trail in Mt Rainier National Park. I did adjust the contrast and brightness.
When we finally narrowed down where we wanted to live (after a two year search) our top priority was to have a view of her ladyship, the majestic, glorious and truly stunning, Mt Rainier. After all, she is the reason we wanted to be in the area. Now, we live in the Pacific Northwest so there are many days when she and the entire sky are covered with clouds and we have to be willing to accept her, and the sun’s, presence even when we cannot see either.
Yesterday was the 27th anniversary of the day I said “I do” (again – long story!) with the man I am grateful to call husband, lover and, above all, best friend. We could think of no better way to celebrate than to spend the morning hiking in the foothills of our newest neighbor. What a great idea. And the clouds remained in the distance till we had soaked in the abundance of Mt Rainier in the sun.
We chose a moderate 4.6 miler that looped through forest and past meadows and delighted with the occasional view of herself. Walking and hiking are two of my favorite activities for myriad reasons – the repetitive nature of the motion, the gentle breeze, the sun-dappled surroundings, the space to let thoughts flow in and out. We spent almost 3 hours walking, stopping, eating, oohing and aahing, being together away from everything. It was a great way to mark a special day.
The list of things to do here at our new place grows every day and we urgently need to build the fence for the goats who arrive next week. But for us, the most important task is to stay connected, to nurture our love, to remember that we moved here first and foremost for the lifestyle not the goats or the veggies or a finished house. Ultimately, we are here to breathe and be.
Countless studies confirm the healing power of nature; we should all go out walking and hiking as often as possible. (Even in a city you can find parks, lakes etc… where you can get your “green” fix.) This may seem like one more item on a to-do list but I propose that getting out there will highlight the things that do not actually need to be on that list and bring you clarity and peace.
And if you’re in the neighborhood drop me a note, we’re always up for a hike 🙂