Fall is Falling on the Ranch!

I used to LOVE summer. But, as I get older, I can’t take the months of  100+ degree temps that we get in the Sacramento Valley. When fall finally shows her colors, I get extremely happy! I can go outside and my hair won’t immediately combust!

Last night, clouds started to roll in and with them our first real rain of the season. I thought I’d head out and capture some moments on my ranch in Northern California. Enjoy!

I just got this Panasonic Lumix g7 to ad to my camera collection. I’m just figuring things out with it and still dialing some things in. I hope to take this camera with me on the PCT next year for part 2 of “The Long Ride” which you can see here:  The Long Ride

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God’s Medicine – Why I Hike

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The Mountains are Good for the Soul

Weather you get out in the wilderness for a day or several months, Mother Nature is the best thing you can do to heal your soul.   Even if you are physically unable to hike as I do, take a drive in your car to a serene lake and just chill for a while!  You need this, trust me!

I’ve needed some healing for a long time. I needed to let go of the past and start living in the NOW. I’ve always been drawn to the mountains and the wilderness. It’s my cheap therapy. When I go into the mountains, I’m away from TV, away from social media, away from my cell phone, away from the noise of people, away from all of the bad news and trouble in the world.

I hike up to 8000 feet. My feet hurt,  my legs hurt. Do I care?  No.  I relish the pain. I know this pain is only temporary and it’s the emotional pain that I’m forever releasing as I hike. With each step, I’m letting go of the past. I’m letting go of any guilt or hard lessons I hold onto. I’m letting go of a lot of baggage.  I listen to the music of the trees, the wind, the chirping insects and the sounds of running creeks.  These things are gifts to us from God.

Sitting in a mountain meadow with just the sounds of the Earth, my mind calms and reflects. I remember good times and forget all the pain. I reflect on some of the mistakes I’ve made and turn them into learning experiences so that I can move on. I think of all of the people that have come and gone in my life.  I think of the possible people that I have yet to meet.  I smile.    I heal.

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