Sunday Evening Hike

Last Sunday, Bryce and I did some hiking with his mom and step-father, up and around the hills behind their home.  The weather was perfect and we enjoyed some much needed time out in nature after a fairly frenetic week.

Thoreau famously said (of going to Walden for two years), “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.”  Though I haven’t removed myself from the world for any period of time close to Thoreau, I believe the core of his sentiment and motivation for going to Walden are largely the same reasons I enjoy being in nature.  I love that when I am away from my daily scene and in the mountains, the deserts, or water, I can strip life down to the basics, become centered again, and get a better handle on who I am.   A lovely way to spend a Sunday indeed.

*As usual, click the photo to enlarge.

Picture perfect view.

The mountainside was ablaze with thousands and thousands of these bright yellow flowers.

My wilderness man.

Heading home.

Sunset over Emigration Canyon.

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