I went for a hike today on the Pacific Crest Trail. It might not have been the sort of epic adventure that thru-hiking the entire trail would have been, but it was a lovely experience nevertheless.
Practically each foot of the trail had a uniqueness of its own, whether rock stair steps,
hidden caches of water that I was so very glad I didn’t have to drink even if I had a filter,
tiny baby blue eyes flowers peeking up us from the side of the trail,
bush poppies entwined with manzanita berries
vibrant surprises of color painting the path
and stunning panoramic views.
I still dream of traveling long distances by foot, but for now, it felt good to get back to a comfortable house with clean water to drink, a refrigerator full of tasty food, and a cozy bed upon which to collapse.
Pat Bertram is the author of the suspense novels Light Bringer, More Deaths Than One, A Spark of Heavenly Fire, and Daughter Am I. Bertram is also the author of Grief: The Great Yearning, “an exquisite book, wrenching to read, and at the same time full of profound truths.” Connect with Pat on Google+. Like Pat on Facebook.