I am reading Richard Rohr's "Falling Upwards; a spirituality for the two halves of life" right now. In the chapter I read this morning (9) he noted that in the second half of life we are privileged to experience "happy wonder" at the world around us. That phrase perfectly described the recent trip Martha and I impulsively made to Lake Tahoe and Yosemite. Our motive for the trip was to get out of town, get away from work, church, parsonage...to get a chance to breathe. Not that any of the above is bad. I love my work, I love the church, and I even love living in the lovely parsonage adjacent to the church. But it all gets a bit close and we needed some distance and quiet together. So we drove 500+ miles north to Lake Tahoe; a place we had never visited before. Oh my! It was so blue, so big, and so high (6,000 feet). We did something we have not seriously done for a long time. We took a 6 mile hike along the shore of the lake at the Bliss State Park. That's where the shot below was taken.
When it was time to leave, a neighbor asked us if we were in a hurry home. We said "no" and he suggested we take an alternative route home from the eastern side of Lake Tahoe, over a pass into Nevada and up through the Tioga Pass into and through Yosemite National Park. Here too was a place we never visited and it was a trip of non-stop wonder and breath-taking awe. The picture below was just before reaching the summit on the Tioga Pass, walking in snow at almost 10,000 feet July 20! What wonder!