I love how patiently the blog sits here waiting for me to be inspired.
The truth is I have been visiting my blog on a weekly basis, sometimes more,
but I simply have not been inspired to post anything.
Even when the desire to sit down and do a post overcame me,
I still could not get inspired as to what to share.
So what have I been doing with my time?
Working, and enjoying nature!
Four to Five days a week my day starts at 6 am driving up to Sun Mountain Lodge.
I serve breakfast in a dinning room with one of the most beautiful views one could have
working in a restaurant.
Often being finished at about noon, I have the rest of the day to absorb nature in
one way or another.
So with this time we have been enjoying some beautiful local hikes.
We are blessed with a trail that starts practically right across the street from us.
It climbs up the hillside to a ledge that rewards the hiker with a
spectacular view up and down the valley.
It is a truly magical place to enjoy the beauty of our neighborhood.
The rocky outcroppings up there have been covered with Lewisia this last month.
These flowers never cease to take my breath away.
They are little souls that seem to be glowing from within.
I am so often reminded of the beauty that the Methow Valley embraces.
I truly feel blessed to live in such a beautiful corner of the world.
One of the reasons I love living in the Methow Valley is the abundance of
trails to explore.
One can scarcely drive anywhere around here without seeing a trail head sign.
Going up the Robinson Creek trail afforded me this opportunity to work more on my
fear of crossing logs over creeks.
I do just fine balancing on a log that is on land, but all that rushing water beneath me
gives me horrible vertigo, and I always feel as if I am going to plummet off the log.
So far I have managed to always stick to the log, but the feeling is never a pleasant one,
and often overtakes me with varying levels of fear.
I went back and forth several times, a feat that was made easier by the comfort of having a log
on each side of the log that I was traversing.
With time, practice and allowing I find these types of fears melting away.
Each fear that I overcome brings more peace to my being in each moment.
Nature is such an amazing teacher.
Through the last 9 years, all the time that I have spent outside,
she has reflected back to me everything that I am.
If I fear something, inevitably I will walk around the corner and there nature will be
with my next lesson.
There are many afternoons that I come home from work,
and make my way out into the garden.
This is a shared garden space, so my space is the long raised bed that you can see in both photos,
and another slender patch along the fence line that my tomatoes are growing in.
I love the process of a garden.
There is something so satisfying about watching a plant grow from a seed that you tucked into the soil.
And then to be able to harvest a bounty from those plants.
What an amazing feeling! Not to mention a treat for the taste buds!
I can hardly wait until everything fills in more, and the whole garden bed looks lush and vibrant.
It is within these little moments that I feel the most connected with Everything.
Often my inner stories melt away, and I find myself captivated in awe with the beauty and
wonder that surrounds me.
There is something so deeply satisfying to be out enjoying the dirt in one way or another.
Last night I was laying in the hammock, enjoying a few moments of relaxing,
when I hear a flutter right next to my head.
I looked over to see a junco with a mouthfull of bugs and worms.
It gave me a quick glance and then dissapeared into the little bush.
A chorus of little voices immediately followed.
Of course I had to go get a look at her little brood. What sweet little chicks they are!
I wagged my finger at them, and gave a little cluck.
I was rewarded with a song of excitement and four little gaping red holes.
How do you enjoy nature?