"Hey! Want to hike Sauk Mountain tomorrow?"
What refreshment we found in the mountains!
From up high, our struggles seemed so much smaller.
And what a glorious day!
The fog was vanishing as we ascended the trail, rounding the switchbacks to the top of Sauk Mountain high in the North Cascades.
The snow was still melting, ferns uncurling, and wildflowers blossomed everywhere.
Laughter and fresh air worked their medicine.
Oh, the glacier lilies, the violets, the lupine and Indian paintbrush!
And then the take-your-breath-away fun of being nearly nose-to-nose with the marmots!
They are so fearless if you sit still and quiet.
This was the sentry, and believe me, he can send out an ear-splitting whistle.
This morning he didn't much care for the sight of a retriever on the trail.
We're down from the mountain now, but the scent of heather, moss and fir lingers along with the perspective gained from spending a few hours hiking and laughing with loved ones.
And I am wondering about you, my friends.
Where do you like to go to get re-centered again, to gain a sense of perspective on life?
I'd love to hear from you.