Hiking in the mountains in Incline Village, Nevada will build your muscles including the heart and enriched your mind. Maybe even your soul. Last Saturday and Sunday we met other walkers and mountain bikers. Stones and boulders are strewn everywhere. The trail have switchbacks in some areas. There are two view points to see Lake Tahoe.
Nature can dazzle, sometimes becomes too absorbing
temperature can change while on the road
one moment in the nineties then dips into sixties
The sky darkens, hail as big as marbles starts falling, bombarding the car
your emotions show like a pre-determined consequence
you drive faster, the children suddenly quiet.
The sky brightens and back to nineties again
You explain to the children what’s happening
They start singing and laughing
You begin driving evenly, gentle on the curves
On the rest area you will stop and have a picnic.
When you look for pleasure you find meaning,
when you look for meaning you find understanding,
understanding can lead to renewal of the spirit.
And you wonder why labor pains always start at night.
“We can be educated by nature, becoming persons of broad vision and subtle values. In nature, we can find our place, our identity, and our affection. Nature invites us to discover the riches of our own souls rather than the power of the ego.” -Thomas Moore
The wind was gentler today.
5-hour electrical outage yesterday
fallen trees over roads, houses, cars
delayed traffic, hurried
meals in the austerity of candlelight.
Calamities coming in stages
but nature can be at its best
whispering to kite runners,
silent when hot air ballooners fly,
rapturous when surfers climb mountains.
Beauty comes like the night
two lovers meeting at twilight
vowing to love each other forever.
Tonight will be freezing
love is kind.