We got home late last night. On the way, just before the sun went down we saw the best rainbow I have ever seen. The brightest, strongest and most long lasting - seemed like it lasted more than a half hour, at least in some form. We stopped so I could take these pictures - many people were stopped (we were on an interstate highway) - that's how good it was. I think god was making up for all the rain we have been having. This morning here in PA it started out foggy but the sun is shining beautifully right now.
when rainbows touch the ground
I was a little leery about what we might find with the cats being pretty much on their own here for a week - though I knew they were being fed and checked on by Gabe. Last time we went away we found dead mice in hidden spots when we got back. No mice found this time, so far anyway. But I did find a big hairball on my bed in my studio just now.
What did I bring back from this experience to think about for the future? A renewed desire to hike bigger and better places. The one and only souvenir I bought for myself was a handmade cedar hiking stick from the Cherokee Arts and Crafts Market and it symbolizes where my mind is right now. I still don't think I am ready for anything longer than a one day hike (I don't have the strength to carry sleeping bags and a tent) - so I am going to start looking for more day hikes we can do. This is "my future perfect world" dreaming but I can imagine driving up to Maine with a little camper and hiking select sections of the Appalachian Trail and working our way down it. This winter I plan to carry a weighted pack when Candy and I do our weekly hikes and maybe I can build up my strength to carry a tent and sleeping bag someday - then bigger, longer hikes!
Just before I left I ordered a cd set of Alan Watts speaking on "Do you do it, or does it do you?" and it was here waiting for me when I got home. Can't wait to get back to work on some new jewelry with that playing in the background. I saw some neat designs carved on shells in the Cherokee museum that I'd like to recreate in my own style.