Hail, you brave almighty ones.
Praises, you awesome ones, praises to this great good Earth. The warm spring days welcome us. Come out of your houses and feel the warmth of those special sun shining rays. The spring, with it’s special power, it’s newness, it’s creation, it’s splendor. It is beauty that we crave and beauty surrounds us . The joy of living, of life on the planet, of the simplicity of warm breezes, cool lakes, shelter from trees, magnificent flowers. The joy in their hearts as the nesting birds sing, the fondness of animals as they gaze at their offspring, the brilliance of flowers as they burst from their buds. The magic of the planet casts it’s wondrous spell and spring has captured us once more.
Glorious days of sun filled splendor, rays of shining gold sent to us from heaven. The lights is with us for hours now, the dark of winter is cast aside and the joy of spring fills the air. Fragrant gardens, song filled skies, colorful meadows and deep secrets hiding in the forest. It is the season of growth and birth. A season of wonder and delight. The Earth spreads the word to us, welcoming us into it’s great wonder. It is the beauty of this great planet, that brings us so much joy. Joy and discovery.
Those same old trails change each day, a new bud, a new animal track, viewpoints, water rushing, an early spring with so much to see. The water entices us and we’re swimming in April. So much goodness, so much sport and so much fun. It extends our lives by weeks this year, everything is early.
An escape from the bustling city to the quiet of the spring filled country, a dazzling day on a mountain bike, exertion and strenuous activity to liven the muscles and tone the body. This great country’s past time of escaping to the beaches, the trails, the forest, the mountains, the campgrounds, the parks and the great wild. Escape to the wonder of the natural world, the world filled with surprises and unexpected pleasures. A roadside pull off with big horn sheep playing close by, a view of an eagle with egrets on its nest, that great horned owl peering at us as we walk along the trail. The views of spring time meadows, of glaciers and mountain tops, of long endless grasslands and still pristine lakes. We protect all of this. This is ours to keep. Our cherished escape to the great beyond, the fabulous parks , the wilderness and the joy of being. That wholesome success of a day of play, of the unpolluted water and the clean, pure air. Those days that take your worries away and fill your lives with that sense of wonder. More, we want more. More of this life of athletic fun, of hikes and photos, of swimming and riding. More of those rugged climbs to test our endurance and strength. We want more. More of this vast land with it’s unique species and more of the beauty of our scenic wonder. More of the wonder of the natural world and more of the healing of this great divine. This is our awesomeness, these special, protected places, these is our secrets, that we quietly share.
We are old here, but we are still young.
written by Dr. Louise Hayes
June 11, 2016