More than anything else, today’s hiking photos are a study in Arbutus Trees. I hugged them, touched their hearts, felt them beat and (wait for it ) even kissed one.
What an interesting day. The sky maintained one of those high overcasts – grey – the flatest lighting imaginable. The humidity was high. I enjoyed a marvellous breeze (wind, really) along most of the yellow trail. And that was very fine indeed.
I had lunch at the top of the pink trail (summit) and then back down the blue trail. Only encountered one other couple.
So I had a chance to be quiet, to walk alone, to talk to the trees, to feel my feelings.
It was at the top, looking down at Maple Bay, that I felt the most emotions. I used to look down there and think of Simon in his float home. And I felt a warm rush of love. This is a love I will feel all my life. I know that I will always love him. My heart is full of kindness, warmth and love. And while tears rose briefly, I was also filled with joy – for both of us. Both of us in places and on paths that are right for us.
Over and over today, driving back, then taking Abby into the field quickly before feeding her – all of it feeling so familiar and so right and knowing I was home.