“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.”
Muir sure knew what he was talking about. Yesterday I had a lovely day of hiking, so in the interests of sharing a little of nature's bounty, here are a few pics from my quest to achieve inner peace. (A more or less successful quest! While I might not have achieved zen calm, I am at least now feeling ready to properly focus again on writing book 3 without wasting time worrying over 1 and 2.) Bonus points to anyone who can guess from the pics exactly where I was hiking. Shouldn't be too hard, since the rock formation featured below is an iconic landmark...
|Morning mist makes for some nifty "cloud waterfalls"|
|Similar view a bit later in the day, after the mist cleared. Back in 1997, my husband and I did a wonderful multi-pitch rock climb up the middle pillar. Sadly, rock climbing isn't allowed anymore. But there is much excellent hiking!|
|Panoramic view. Wish I had audio as well as a picture of this so you could hear all the birdsong drifting up from the trees.|