i love hiking. there is something therapeutic about walking through trees on a quiet morning.. the crisp air and the chill.. the smoky blue mountains in the distance.. it calms me, and it quite humbles me.
my boyfriend and i have always hiked around lake hodges. i’m not sure exactly which trails we’ve hiked since there are quite a few that loop around and meet at certain points. once, when san diego was blessed with a really rainy season, the entire hillsides were enveloped with yellow wildflowers and it was so lovely. another hike (this one i remember, bernardo mountain summit) had brought us to a breathtaking view with crepuscular rays at the top. two weekends before christmas, my boyfriend and i “took the road less traveled by, and that has made all the difference” – robert frost. san diego hadn’t seen rain for awhile and i wasn’t expecting too much of a scenic view for a hike around lake hodges around this time of year, but instead of going right like we always did, we decided to go left.
we saw some beautiful yellowing trees. there was an abundance of fat sparrows flitting about. and when we looked westward towards the lake, i felt for an instant as though we were no longer in san diego. for some reason, taking pictures through a fish eye lens on my iphone helped transport me to another place, another time, on this hike. it was a quiet stroll with not very much foot traffic. there was peace. there was the realization that something i have been familiar with all these years can still be beautiful.