I'm a literal tree hugger (see photo evidence, left. Still digging for Muir Woods redwood hug session photos), especially when that tree is older than dirt and these are. Well . . . some dirt anyway. Warning: Excessive but absolutely appropriate use of the word "amazing" in this post.
I am both inspired and humbled by Bristlecone Pines' perseverance in the heart of adversity. The lyrics, "I shall not be, I shall not be moved. Just like a tree that's planted by the water." come to mind. To ponder the amazing life and miracle of these ancient ones brings deeper meaning to the term "awe struck" and makes my small life seem so very short and fragile. But like glorious canyon views, fiery sunsets and brilliant star-filled skies, it is a gift to see and experience these moments and it causes my heart to sing praise to the Maker. I want to touch it, to embrace it, yes, hug it and feel connected to it, perhaps in hopes that in doing so I might gain some of its strength and wisdom to face adversity in my own life.
Okay . . . one happy mountain goat pic from the summit because I can't resist!
This post is dedicated to Chris & Jason for their Colorado hospitality, tips (drink water!) and guidance. Much love.