Thursday, October 17, 2013

My Weekend Wanderings Here in San Diego

"One does not climb to attain enlightenment, rather one climbs because he is enlightened."
-- Zen Master Futomaki

It seems that time flies by so quickly these days, that I always end up chasing after it to finish the many tasks I have at hand. Despite my crazy busy schedule however, there is one I can not give up, and that is to hit the hiking trails or swim with the fishes on weekends and some weekdays. I have more time to explore the outdoors, than time for computer. 
Mt. Woodson Trail
Hiking, boogie boarding and snorkeling have been a large part of my life to free myself from daily work's stresses, and also to keep myself stay physically active. It is my wish to keep my heart, mind and legs strong to be able to climb mountains and canyons even at age 70s or 80s. Hiking has also brought me so many sweet memories from the beauty of our natural world. 
Potato Chip Rock at Mt. Woodson, San Diego County
My hikes since the past weekend somehow were giving me high hopes for a beautiful spring this year. Though after the rainy December, we did not get much rain here anymore, but I am still hopeful that starting next month the hills will explode with colors. Here are some early bloomers I found from the trails.
wild daisies
a new found, I still have to find the name of this one
also right now a (?), still have to find the name
Though there are not a lot of wildflowers in the trails yet, but their presence makes me dreamy of a colorful and beautiful spring. Right now, my hikes, though there may be very little flowers in the trail, but they constantly bring me inspiring colors of pure joy and happiness. Usually, after a strenuous hike, we would relax by the sea, such are some of the simple joys in simple life.
@ Torrey Pines Gliderport

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  1. hi Beth!
    i am always inspired by your joys of living a simple life. found this quote and though it applies to me, it always remind me of you too. it says, "I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order." by John Burroughs
    i can't blame you for spending more time with nature than in front of the PC blogging or facebooking. in fact, my OB advised me to do more nature walks than mall walks (hehehe).
    need i say more? you always make my jaw drop with your nature (specifically sunset) photos. ;)
    thank you so much for always visiting my site & leaving a comment. and hey, thanks for the tag! enjoy hiking always because i will never get tired of "hiking with you". ;)
    big hugs,

  2. Walking in nature is so calming. We are lucky to live where that is possible year round. The little white flowers look like Sweet Alyssum.

  3. I am glad you enjoy your hike and happy, Betchai. Your wild flowers are beautiful!

  4. This place is one I would pick to contemplate, to be in deep thoughts, be in solace and just marvel the beauty that surrounds you.

    And its always a treat to see the sun go down at the end of the day.

  5. Walking in the wild always brings us surprises.

    Be it flowers, critters or any others.

  6. It is good to do something you enjoy to re-energize yourself. I know people who have no hobbies so they spend even their weekends working. So sad.

  7. whew! as always i am breathless after reading and viewing your post my wonderful friend! Would really love to someday climb to potato chip rock with each shot....each a and Angels make this simple life of mine rock! God bless you with good health yah my friend!

  8. Living in itself is a busy thing to do, but I'm glad you took time out to appreciate the wonder in nature, and to share with us. Your photos are beautiful to calm down the mind!

  9. Potato chip rock, I love it! You always need to take some time for yourself, and you enjoy hiking.

  10. It's been a long time since I last visited this blog too. Sorry for that Sis, you know the reason why. And I know that you understand.

    I really miss this blog too. And as usually you don't fail to amaze me with your photos. always breathtakingly beautiful.

  11. Such is the beauty of nature! We should try to enjoy them while they are still there. And also, fight for their preservation.

  12. Hi there- flowers are always good. The white one looks like some kind of saxifrage.

  13. Oh, what a great weekend you had! It's fascinating that the place you live in has all these lovely spots!

    Welcome blogging :)

  14. It's good that you find time for hiking. I try to go for walks in the forest reserve near where I live but it's not very often. Maybe once in a couple of months.

  15. I can't believe all those beautiful flowers. It fills me with hope. We still have 2 feet of snow on the ground.

  16. Glad you are back. It's been a while. I am catching up, didn't know you were active again - so I been enjoying your posts.

  17. Well, I'm reading this book which my teacher gave me 2 days on it. I have an essay due mon. ( which is tommorow ) & I need the battles of the book the wanderings of Odysseus ?

  18. Inspiration.

    Are all equal to hiking.

  19. my heart is always overflowing with nature love when i come here, Beth. thank you for the linky love! :)