In the spirit of my new year resolution to get to know my new stomping grounds better, Paul and I set off this morning to hike up through the redwoods behind Villa Montalvo in Saratoga. If you didn't know, I speak a little german. And one of my favorite words/phrases in that language is "wandern gehen," which means "to go hiking." Its a phrase that has always stuck with me and makes me daydream. I just think "wandern gehen" is a much more romantic or whimsical way of traipsing around in a forest than merely "hiking." Although it was cool when we started out, we quickly stripped off our outer layers within minutes of starting the climb and wore short-sleeves the rest of the day.
If you have never hiked through a redwood forest, then it is hard to understand just how wonderful the smell of the trees is. It is one of my favorite scents. And everything was so green. We even stopped and had a picnic lunch that I packed along in my camelback.
I promise we had more than just cookies and clementines. There was yogurt and a peanut butter sandwich too. Just so you know.
I was kind of struck with amazement the whole morning that we were out hiking in such a beautiful, lush setting on January 2 when just a couple days ago we left snow-covered Utah behind. Maybe in the future I will find myself missing the snow more, but for now I am happy to be out in nature hiking around without layers and layers of winter-gear and still freezing my fanny off.