May 17, 2015


Thankful for the Detour

When the road is closed

(and just look at that sign--it is REALLY closed) don't head home...  Find another path!

We recently drove over the mountains to hike to a nearby waterfall after a rain. Water is such a novelty in California right now, we wanted to celebrate this rare moment by visiting the  falls, but instead found the popular path closed. We almost hurdled the caution tape! (I confess to being way too adventurous at times.) Then, we complained, pouted, and almost drove away. But my husband and I caught each other in the complaints and started pointing out the beauty at hand. After swirling around in circles for a few minutes, examing the dry creek, and listening to the birds, a far better alternative appeared. A path we'd never seen, that led right up that mountain.

Spring was in full bloom--all around us. There was moss, and mushrooms, and dozens of wildflowers sprinkled alongside the trail. It was enchanting. 

It brought to mind the Thanksgiving Akathist. Have you heard it?

I'm so grateful for these moments I have of being with those I love, discovering tiny flowers I've never ever seen before, trekking along new trails, breathing in fresh air after a rain... This hymn of thanksgiving is powerful and beautiful, just like the land when it's bursting with life:

 Lord, how good it is to be Your guest: the delicately scented wind, the mountains stretching to the sky, the waters reflecting like infinite mirrors the golden rays of the sun, the airiness of clouds. All nature secretly whispers, full of tenderness, and even the birds and beasts bear the mark of Your love. Blessed is Mother Earth with her beauty which is transient, making one long for the homeland which is eternal and where in imperishable beauty, rings out: Alleluia.

Happy spring, dear friends. 



Published: May 17, 2015 | Filed under: Near

Comments (3)
GretchenJoanna said:
May 17, 2015 @ 1:51 PM

Amen and amen! The springtime rain made me weep with gladness.

Jessica Archuleta said:
May 18, 2015 @ 6:56 AM

How beautiful! You take such wonderful photos. Thank you for sharing your little adventure and thoughts!

Karen said:
May 18, 2015 @ 10:45 AM

This post really speaks to my heart, Jane. I love being outdoors any time of year, but especially in the spring. Sometimes I'm just amazed at the variety of plants that all thrive together in one small area (Hmmm, a lesson to be learned?). How exciting to find a new path, and good for you for not giving up and seeking it out. One thing I've learned about Bainbridge Island is that just because a sign says "Dead End," it doesn't mean you shouldn't go there. Wishing your family many more happy discoveries this summer!

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