Olympic National Park
Trip Start Mar 26, 2006
26Trip End Oct 20, 2006
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The wildlife is abundant here. A large colony of sea lions has taken up residence on one of the distant shores and they're lying about catching the warm rays of the early morning sun. A few days ago, we spotted a pod of whales in the bay, their geyser-like spouts easy to see against the dark tree-covered shore across the way
This place of wilderness and tides and sand brings me some peace after the crowds of tourists and the busy pace of Seattle. I've been noticing how cities seducce me, make me feel like I'm supposed to be doing more, seeing more, eating more, shopping more. More, more, more. I'm plagued by the feeling that there's something else more exciting going on, and it makes it difficult to just relax and savor whatever it is that I'm already doing. Something to watch as we move south to Portland and San Francisco.
Here on the sand it's easy to just give in to the surrounding natural beauty, the sights and sounds, the rise and fall of the tide, the vastness of the glimmering ocean, give in to the gentle rhythm of the day as it unfolds. I wish this blissful solitude and peace for everyone - an entire day free from the stress of work and worry, schedules and obligations, a moment to sit quietly and just be. How amazing to be without a permanent home or any valuable possessions and yet feel perfectly content, exploring with delight this startlingly beautiful planet on which we live together. Happy to create miniature Zen gardens from the sand and stones as whales pass by. Happy as Todd writes "I Love U" in the sand.
Wishing everyone out there this loving life kind of day. Wishing everyone out there some peace and sanity.