hiking while it’s still green

A little less than two years ago, a colleague told me to, “Get outside and go hiking while it’s still green.” I had just  moved to San Luis Obispo, and Sada (colleague soon to become good friend) was telling me some of the ins and outs of my new town and region. The rainy season was coming to an end, which would soon mean that the green would go away and the dust would come again — beautiful in its own way, but not the green that desert eyes learn to savor. Sure enough, within just a couple weeks, the hills lost their brilliance and returned to shades of brown.

Today's view of Bishop Peak from the top of Cerro San Luis.
Today’s view of Bishop Peak from the top of Cerro San Luis.
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Rain drops on the leaves of a wild cucumber plant.

Today Ben and I went out on a hike to one of the first hikes I did following Sada’s words of wisdom, a hill called Cerro San Luis. Although it was threatening rain, we decided to hike anyway. Near the top it sprinkled on us, and then we relaxed under a tree when the rain came down a little heavier. Just before were about to start up the hill again, we said hello to a hiker headed down, and she commented that we looked so perfect with the big tree around us and said she should take our photo. I gladly shared my iPhone with her. A minute later, she continued down the trail, and I was left blessed by the kindness of this woman to notice, speak up, and capture a precious moment for us.

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Waiting for the rain to slow.

I am humbled by life these days. It was just two years ago that I was preparing to move to California, to start a new job and build a new home. And here I am with more than I could ever dream of, and I am humbled by this life filled with blessings. As we hiked today, it was a precious time to soak in the beauty. In this season, the green hills and wildflowers in bloom are such great reminders of beauty and blessings. May they never be taken for granted.

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A California poppy.
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Wild sage so wonderfully fragrant.
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Lupine, purples and greens.
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Wild cucumber.
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A rainbow on our way down, a stunning reminder of God’s goodness.