On Saturday night of our basketball tournament, one of my friends looked at me and said “I want to go hiking.” I asked her what she was doing the following Saturday. She said “nothing,” and our friends standing by us said “nothing,” as well. “Next Saturday it is,” I said. That night I went home, decided we’d go to Elowah Falls and made a Facebook Event. I invited a bunch of girls.
and then… we went hiking. It was great; I love when people I know meet other people I know. I don’t like disconnect in my life; I don’t like when people haven’t met important people in my life, and I don’t like when parts of my life feel separated from each other.
I kept commenting on how GREEN everything was. Like… yeah, I live in the EVERGREEN state but it was a little overcast and for some reason, the lack of color in the sky made the green stand out that much more.
When we finally got to the Falls, I got as close as I could before I could no longer stand the water drops on my glasses. This is the only thing I hate about wearing glasses…
I found this little slug. and I kept thinking “little slug, do you even realize that you are sliming along so close to something SO BEAUTIFUL?” and I wonder how often God thinks similar thoughts about me.
We all sat around by the waterfall for awhile. Quite awhile. and it was perfect.
After a bit, I decided to go crawling over rocks by myself. I found a nice little space that I easily could have lived in for the rest of my entire life. There was even a mossy rock I could have used as a bed.
as I was getting ready to crawl back to my friends I stopped to take just ONE MORE picture of flowers, and the focus kept bouncing between the flowers and the raindrops on the petals. and I realized.. you can choose to focus on the raindrops or you can focus on the flowers. It was a deep moment.
It was a day that I needed badly. I long to be outside and exploring all the time, and to do so with a bunch of great women was perfect. We all agreed it will happen again.. I’m so excited to keep this going.