It’s my first hiking pic of the season! My interpretation of the sunrise as I got out on the trail, called “Burn Away the Night.”
It’s been gorgeous out on the trail the last few days. The forest is alive with its new layer of green and birdsong, and sweet spring scents. I’m getting to know it again. Reminded of the pleasures to all of my senses.
And my body has been reminding me too… I haven’t done much of anything all winter long, and there is payment for that. From zero to a few miles of hiking a day means I’m tired and sore. Every year in the spring I curse myself for my winter inactivity, saying I should figure out how to keep this up year round. And every year, here I am in the spring, tired and sore as I get myself back into hiking shape. Ow.
This morning, there will be no hiking. I woke up to pouring rain. Between that and my aching body, I think I’ll take it easy today. I’ll enjoy a cup of tea and work on some art, pretending it’s still winter for one more day.
Hopefully the weather and the aches will clear up soon. Now that I’ve got a taste of the trails, I’ve got a whole season of hiking to get going on.
(Update: About an hour after I posted this, the rain lightened and my body warmed up, so I went out for a hike anyway. The rainy forest smelled great!)