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Serenity on a mountaintop

I spent one month researching killers whales atop a cliff.

One month probably doesn’t sound like much, just four or five weeks in the scheme of decades, yet that month gave me a taste for serenity and solitude I’ve hardly felt since.

I figured those feelings would remain in memory, sweet but increasingly distant as days marched on between me and my month on the cliff.

Thus was I delighted to exit my car at Del Cerro Park today and immediately see this:


The landscape between me and the water was different, but the feeling every bit the same.

I walked up toward the mountain’s peak, passing time while waiting for a friend.

I fell a little more in love with the park.


The deal was sealed when I actually reached the peak and saw this.


Though there were many more people around me than were on my old cliff, all those people disappeared from my awareness as if I stood alone. The land and the sea between was my entire world.


I wanted to stay forever, but there was still a little hiking to be done …


… not to mention jumping for joy, knowing I can and will return.

pv5lPhoto by Briel
  1. February 28, 2015 at 1:06 pm

    Ow, wow. Those are gorgeous, breathtaking views!

  2. February 28, 2015 at 1:26 pm

    Solitude is a gift. Solitude with view like that? A healing gift. Even on screen.
    Thank you.

    • February 28, 2015 at 5:08 pm

      It really, really is. In a stress relief seminar I took during college (easy upper level credits!), we talked about how calming water is. I recently read an article about it in greater detail, and yet … it’s still so easy for me to forget just how powerfully calming it really is. Glad you felt it even through the screen. ♥

  3. February 28, 2015 at 2:06 pm

    Beautiful place!!! I would have jumped from joy too 🙂

    • February 28, 2015 at 5:09 pm

      I loved my friend’s take on the jumping for joy, namely that we should jump whenever we feel the urge. I wouldn’t have guessed it from her, so that little surprise … well, more joy right there! 😀

  4. February 28, 2015 at 4:31 pm

    There are times I come here and I simply breath in. Today was one of them. Thank you

    • February 28, 2015 at 5:10 pm

      In my mind, I’m imagining we stood there together, wordless but with no need for words. Sending love, my friend. ♥

  5. February 28, 2015 at 8:08 pm

    Really! You are full of surprises! Very cool.

  6. March 1, 2015 at 8:06 am

    Sometime one month of an intense, unique experience can be “worth” much more than years of the mundane details of daily life! So nice that you were able reconnect back to that time. Love the jumping for joy picture! Hooray!

    • March 4, 2015 at 5:40 am

      I’m already so excited to bring the boys out there! That’s a little bit for the reminder, and a little bit for the joyous now.

  7. March 2, 2015 at 9:02 am

    looks SO peaceful! love the pic of you with the sun on your face.

    • March 4, 2015 at 5:41 am

      Peaceful is right! And it’s so unbelievably close to my house, I’ll be back. And back again. And again. Mmm.

  8. March 5, 2015 at 9:45 pm

    It’s been a wonderful whale watching season! I can understand your joy! 🙂

    • March 8, 2015 at 5:04 am

      I haven’t seen any whales myself, but oh! Just the feeling of being in a like environment! (Yesterday, I returned with my kids. LOVE!)

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