It rained hard all day but had stopped by the time I left work so I stopped by Mt. Tabor for a hike before heading home. I had planned on taking it a little easier today but not really sure there is an “easy” there. Once again I stumbled upon a staircase… I decided to count it was another 100 steps, what is it with them and 100 steps! Walked down and took them back up and then wandered off on a trail I have not taken before. I had hoped I would make it through the entire walk without getting rained on but no such luck, midway through the walk it started raining but I was not going to leave until I got my entire walk in.
Wednesday’s they shut the mountain off to cars so you do not have to worry about one speeding around the corners not paying attention. I am not sure if that was why there were so few people or if it was the earlier rain or both. I never appreciated the smell of rain in the past, to me it just smelled like dirt. Today the smell of the rain on the leaves and pine needles was so nice. I took a moment to just stand there letting the rain fall on me and smelling the smell.
When I first moved here 15 years ago I think one of the things I missed most from Harney County aside from family and friends, was the silence when you went to the hills. All you would hear was the wind, the trees creaking and birds. It took my daughter and I years to find a place out of the city where you did not see another soul and was quiet. It is a beautiful place but I do not feel safe going there alone. Today on the mountain it was silent, here I am in the middle of the city and it is utterly silent, no cars honking, no people talking, it was silent and blissful.
Headed home and had a big bowl of homemade roasted veggie soup!
I love that nourishing my body has in turn nourished my soul and outlook. I was asked by a gal at work today if I thought I could eat this way the rest of my life and without hesitation I said yes. This is not a diet, this is not a fad and eating this way is easy once you get the hang of it.