The day started with a trail run through shadowed canyons and groves of ancient oaks. It ended with a bottle of cava, hand-carried from Spain and uncorked on a sunset-lit beach that looked out over Morro Bay.
This trail run was for healing. We had just had a year without a Christmas tree, a reluctant holiday saturated more with tears than wine or eggnog.
But, grief is a dark place, difficult to endure for long.
We needed to flush out–and then refill–ourselves with the smell of eucalyptus trees and the sight of arching oak limbs.
Arguably, trail running is always about healing. Refreshment. Meditation. And so off we went, starting from a small neighborhood in the foothills–just outside of Santa Barbara–and feeling as though we were dropping off the map.
We ground our way up toward La Cumbre Peak, winding through pastures and threading through boulder-strewn ravines. Our lungs stung. Our quads burned. But the views were worth it.
Finally, our spirits soared, circling and rising higher like a hawk on an upward draft.
Trail running is chasing life, grabbing it, letting it go, and then chasing it again.
Whether you’re #trailrunning or #hiking, the La Cumbre Peak trail in Santa Barbara, California awaits you. Check it out.
Patricia Erikson blogs about Maine writers, travel, and science from a vibrant, literary community perched on Peaks Island, two miles off the coast of the beautiful and award-winning city of Portland, Maine. If you haven’t already, follow her on Instagram at @seashorewrite or subscribe to Peaks Island Press in the upper right corner at http://www.peaksislandpress.com