Sometimes its the best thing you can do. Today we took a long hike. Not all that long, but long enough to be a good way to wear out a day. We hiked 14.4 km on a trail up through a ravine. Being a mountain girl living in a flat land, I am always disappointed when people say "go see the cliffs". It was a pretty ravine, and the trees were gorgeous, but it was not mountains. Still there were a few feet where our path led through a stand of pines, and for those moments, we could close our eyes, breathe deeply, and smell home.
We came back tired and happy. Feeling better after being in the sun again. The adrenaline of the last weeks of insane busy-ness under a load of relational stress worn off. We love hiking - well, all but my daughter who doesn't really love activity.... but we ignore that and bring her anyway. The boys and I were dreaming of training for a big hike. There is a hike near us that could take about a week to complete. We'd love to do it. Really love to. We hiked the Grand Canyon on our last home leave - all the way down to the bottom and spent two nights there. It only whet our appetite to do more big overnight hikes. So now we dream. We'll spend a few more weekends doing some small hikes before the weather turns, and then perhaps, perhaps we'll be ready.