My spouse and I are getting ready for another coastal vacation – most likely our last hiking vacation of 2021. We will be traveling into the Land of Green: moss, ferns, ancient conifers, nurse logs, and seedlings. This time the days will be much cooler, dampness will infuse our surroundings, and soft duff will cushion our steps. We hope for clear nights for more star-gazing but if not, we have a fireplace in the cabin for warm fires and that will suffice. And, as always, I have been prepping for long forest hikes by taking long walks in town.
Autumn color has been spectacular in these early days of the season, but because of last summer’s drought and extreme heat, trees and some shrubs are dropping their leaves at an astonishing rate. Plants are exhausted. It hurts to see such damage – even cloaked in such beauty – and this may become a more common sight in our future. But at this moment, for just an instant in the larger holding of time, we can enjoy what we have been given.
I wish you good walking, colorful sights, and time enough to enjoy the season!