This was the colour and light of the forest today on Mount Tzouhalem. I set off to explore with an idea in mind on where I wanted to go on a round trip. Plan A quickly turned into Plan B when the trail I wanted to get on was closed due to logging. And so I had the delightful experience of detouring, finding new trails, and, ultimately finding exactly where I wanted to go: the top ridge and back down to the E trail. I felt inordinately proud of myself for finding every trail I had intended to hike. And now I have a pretty darn complete map of the entire top of the mountain filed in my mental GPS.
I haven’t been out hiking on my own very much lately. I love hiking with the group and, most of all, I love hiking with Simon. But every now and then, I need to be up on the mountain or out in the woods on my own. The peace, the quiet, the trance I go into – those things heal me, refresh me, feed me in ways nothing else can.
Not surprisingly, I thought of many things as I hiked. Mostly, I thought about Simon. I realized that one of the things I love about him so much is the sweetness of his soul. That beauty has cracked my heart wide open, allowing it to receive a love I never thought I would experience.
There are times when my emotions are so intense they almost hurt. But it’s a beautiful pain.
Today, I felt so strong and alive and bursting with energy. The light shafted through the trees like a blessing from the stars.