December 16th, 2016 ~ Day 266
The smell of Arizona rain permeated the air from the Creosote Bush, one of my favorite smells. The ground was damp but not muddy. The temperature 59 degrees. It was a beautiful morning for a hike!
Parking at the 67th Avenue parking lot, I began my hike going up the hill, choosing the harder of the two options. It had rained sometime in the night making the trails wet. It was dark and quiet out here on the trails, and there was peaceful feeling today. I wasn’t frightened of hiking alone in the dark. Everything just felt right, very calming.
As I hiked, I saw specks of white flying in the sky from my headlamp. At first it was so sporadic I was confused as to what it could be, until eventually they became more frequent and I realized it was rain.
The rain came at me as a light sprinkle for the remainder of the hike. With the temperature so warm it actually felt good. Once I came to the peak, the wind picked up and the rain came on stronger, but as soon as I headed down the mountain it lightened up again.
I took the easier route back to the trailhead. There is just too much to do today. I’m grateful to still be able to make it out here for a quick hike. I’m grateful for every opportunity I get to live! Doing everything in my power to make the most of this life God gives us. Life is short and we never know when God will call us home, and unfortunately my children and I know this all to well, especially on days like today. R.I.P. Jimmy 12/16/72 -9/14/15, celebrate with the angels. 🎈