There are some days where everything feels just right. I have no idea what the ingredients are that make up that kind of day. If I knew, I’d print out a list and stick it on my fridge.
On the other hand, I don’t really have to know: I can just love every minute of one of those days – simply relish them and celebrate.
It was supposed to rain today. Instead it rained last night, leaving the air warm and humid at lower elevations and fresh and cool at the heights. It was really a pretty ideal day for a hike. We set off at 9.30 a.m. – four of us and a finer group of people would be hard to find. Everyone was just plain nice and a delight to hike with.
We weren’t in a hurry and yet we made very good time up the climber’s route, getting to the top about 2.5 hours after setting out. And there we were – the only ones up there. That’s pretty rare! We sat, relaxed, had lunch, took some photos and then headed down on the Tu’tuxw’tun route, the gentlest way down (no scrambling) I love a good scramble but more so going up than down.
We got back to our cars four hours and 45 minutes after setting out. And every single step of the way was a delight. That’s saying a lot – for me – because Benson is not my favourite hill.
I learned a new way of lacing my boots this week and tried it out. It’s pure magic. The new technique completely prevents my foot from sliding forward. My already comfortable boots felt better than they ever have. That, of course, added to the pleasure. Also, Abby was fine without tons of water even though I carried plenty extra for her.
And did I mention that it didn’t rain?
And then there was time to pick berries when I got home, gather lettuce from my newest batch, have a nap and a bath.