Today was a fabulous day. Los Angeles was graced with temperatures in the upper 70's, which I know many of you don't even want to know about. Sorry. And, here's the kicker, it was also CLEAR. Meaning I can see forever.
Noel and I went for a long hike in Griffith Park, all the way to the top, which is called Dante's Peak. Many of the hiking trails were closed for months after the huge fire in the park last May. Most have reopened, and we were able to revisit a few today. It felt so good to be out in the sun, walking up a steep hill. We could see the snow covered San Gabriel Mountains in one direction, the ocean in another, and lots of blackened trees along our path. It's unusual to see so clearly all the way to the ocean, no fog, no smog blocking the view. I felt wealthy being able to enjoy so many different elements at one time. It's rained a lot here recently, and we could see the bright green new growth all over the burnt out areas. A gift of a day!
As a new week begins, today was a wonderful separation from last week. A time to stop thinking about time, a time to renew. I want this kind of day more, and love it when I have it. I notice that while hiking, other people are very friendly, more so than I bet they are while sitting in endless freeway traffic, or being in the middle of big city madness. Hiking in these hills, it is easy to forget one lives in the middle of a big mad city. It's silent up there, except for other people's voices, and birds, and wind. People hike in the hills to get space in this sometimes crazy place.
How about you, what do you do to renew, to get some space?
"Green Meadow" 2006 32"x36" acrylic on vinyl in reverse
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