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06/27/2006: "An Emotional Journey (ok, more like a short hike)"
Tonight I hiked that new trail and it really blew my mind. Even by Juneau standards it was incredibly gorgeous...there were giant skunk cabbages and devils clubs as well as dwarf dogwood, blueberry bushes, tall evergreen trees, moss, water dripping over slate...a golden view of Juneau, sun shining through leaves and dead quite. It made me feel small.
I was the only one on the trail too. I love being in nature...really in it, away from everyone and everything. It reminded me of being a little kid when I still believed in faeries and talking woodland creatures...has anyone seen The Last Unicorn? It also made me miss sleeping in a tent or snuggling with someone you like under a sleeping bag.. next to an open fire, drinking wine from a thermos under a starry sky...ah, memories...
Oh yes, it was a very nostalgic little hike for me...and enthralling, plus the trail head is very near my home; I think I'll be hiking there a lot from now on! I would have gone further than I did if I hadn't heard a rustle in the bushes. Then I realized that while they may not sing and dance, bears do exist in these woods...and that I didn't tell anyone I was going hiking, and that I was alone on the trail at dusk and that a good friend of mine and her date had to be rescued from that same trail when they got stuck on it after dark, etc...
but wow, it was amazing while it lasted. And I don't have to be nostalgic because I can still do all those things! (well, it's getting harder to believe in unicorns but other than that...)
(One of my favorite paintings, Starry Night by Vincent VanGogh)