Wednesday, February 10, 2016

"The Mountains Are Calling and I Must Go" - JM

The mountains are calling and I must go.
In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.
The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.
I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.
Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.
When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.
Keep close to Nature's heart... and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.
When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.
The power of imagination makes us infinite.
Between every two pines is a doorway to a new world.
- John Muir-

 These are all Stage Rd to Burma, from Buckeye Trail (up by the white ranch on the mt.)

 While we are about a week in to no rain and temps in the mid 70's....we have had some very heavy rains this winter. Notice how this tree's roots are covered in mud? At some point there must have been a whole lot of water flowing down this bank.

 Coyote in a hurry....

 Sometimes I just have to stop and stare. While these are not pines, the line from above "between every two pines is a doorway to a new world" true in the below picture.  So easy to stand there and let go of all worry and stress.


 It's not the prettiest stretch of trail on the mountain, although it's not hard to look at by any means. It is possibly one of the funnest stretch of trail! We did not ever have water flowing here last year, so this is a treat!
 Later in the year when we take the kids blackberry picking, it's on this same trail, the right hand side. There won't be water here at that time, it'll look very different.
 The long climb up out of the valley, and back to the truck. It is so green, it almost made it ok. I do hate this climb, though.

 Take your pick, it's there - bobcat, coyote, deer, hog, ground squirrel, raccoon, me....

 Burma will always make me giggle. I will always see me running partner for 1 day/sister for life...backing down it.
I love that my mountain makes my truck look like a Hot Wheels.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Pill Form, Please

Could someone please put this in pill form for me, please? Life is so much more endurable with a daily dose.
 Above, besides being stunning, I also spied some form of livestock up at the ranch eating. Yes, there's both a ranch, and animals eating in the above picture.  It's there, I promise. I zoomed in as much as possible to figure out if I was seeing horses, or cows (that is a sentence I'd call Brian a city boy for if he ever said it).
 Hmm. I'm going with a horse just left of the rock, and a cow to it's right....I think.
 I think it's known by now, but I love blue, green, sun rays, and shadows.  I don't know why or how, but my camera picks up rays and sun spots really well. That is one edit I never add, the weird spots and rays are always how the camera picks them up.

 Seriously, how great would it be to pop a pill of the above picture every morning?

 Flowing water.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016


We all have stressful lives, yes?? I sometimes have a hard time posting because there is so much "real life" stuff going on that if I just post pretty pictures from the trail, I feel like I'm somehow being dishonest about what's really going on in our lives. Like it's all just one pretty picture.  It's not. Life is messy, and complicated, painful, stressful, heartbreaking, and sometimes just a huge struggle in general. There are family illnesses, challenging dynamics, chronic health issues with our children, anxiety issues, learning issues, so, so many appointments, kids applying to schools and the stress of waiting to hear if they are in or not and the host of issues associated with that...., choosing to medicate a child or not and the issues of either choice, IEP's, 504's, testing, results, fighting for your kid to get the right resources....the list goes on and on. Most of the time I can handle it all and do pretty darn good. Sometimes it all catches up to me and I crack.  I rarely (never) want to post about any of this because, as I started off saying, everyone has a load of things they are dealing with.  I have to remember that. Everyone is stressed, and everyone has things they are balancing, and everyone has their limit.  I guess I don't post as often when I'm at my limit because to give you the impression I'm a stay at home mom who has no worries and gets to go play on her beautiful mountain whenever she wants - well that's a huge false impression.  The truth is that I haven't been able to get up there as much as I want. As much as I need to. And when I have been able to, it is purely in an attempt to clear my head and re-center. 
So, with all that said, here are a few pictures from a few days ago : )
 I was so annoyed to see 3 cars here already, but I didn't see another human all morning, so it was all good.
 Mud within the first 100 feet is a good thing.

 Above, something had bedded down there, and below, a whopper of a nest. Maybe turkey?