When my daughter Micaela was young, we participated in various singing circles. One of the songs we sang, which I may well have learned from Mari Lynch, was “Now I Walk in Beauty.” It is purported to be a Native American song. If that’s true, it’s especially fitting for where I have been walking these last two days. Thursday took me through the Fort Ord National Monument, where the Ohlone tribe gathered the Sedge plant for making their amazing hand woven baskets (as I learned from a plaque on the trail) and Friday found me walking south along River Road from Salinas to just west of Chualar. Everywhere I walked I saw such beauty!

Thursday morning I woke to a light rain and a fair amount of wind. But my trusty REI Quarter Dome 1 tent (not “Big Dome”) kept me warm and dry. The sun came out a while later and I managed to get everything dry before setting out around 11:00 am.

My first big view was of the Mazda Raceway. There were several cars using the track to practice; I bet I’d enjoy driving a BMW around that track if I gave it a chance!

Surprisingly, on the track grounds, there was a pedestrian only trail that connected me to Palarcito Canyon Road.

And from this point on the sights were amazing. Palarcito Canyon

took me down to Skyline Road,

which connected to Jacks Road,

to Oil Well Road

and finally to One Station Road

which took me right to my destination for the night: the oh so comfortable and welcoming home of my good friend Michelle Barth!

She made me a delicious vegetarian dinner while I lounged in a hot bath (thank you God!) Next morning we did yoga together, including meditation. ?

Friday morning I left around 10:30 and headed south along River Road. Despite some fast and abundant traffic (especially the first five miles or so) I saw incredible beauty. Old barns, the beautiful mountain backdrop, agricultural fields, wildflowers, horses and cattle, ducks and hawks. Is there no end to the beauty of this Creation?

More pictures and story later when I have better connectivity. I’m camping on the Salinas River just west of Chualar and service is intermittent. Heading to the Gularte’s Farmhouse in Gonzales today! May your day be full of beauty on this incredible Springtime day. ♥️????

7 thoughts on “Now I Walk in Beauty

  1. Hi Jody, sending you this blessing this morning : ” May the sun bring you new energy by day, may the moon gently restore you by night. May the rain wash away your worries and may the wind blow new strength into your being, May you walk gently thru the world and know its beauty all the days of your life.”

    May you find peace with every step
    Lynn

    1. Nice prayer, Lynn. Thank you! I wish the same for you. ?

  2. Thank you for sharing your experiences so I can learn through to take time to breathe and absorb. Enjoy this beautiful day also. Hugs. Bonnie

  3. Thank you for sharing your experiences so I can learn through to take time to breathe and absorb. Enjoy this beautiful day also. Hugs to you.

  4. How nice for you to be experiencing all this Spring time beauty as you start on your journey, Jody. Being outdoors in the natural world is so good for the soul, and you are taking it in. Don’t give up that sleeping pad as you shed some weight! You may have to refresh yourself at one of those River Road wine tasting rooms with some lemonade. ” Happy Trails” Rich

  5. I feel like I am on the journey with you. Thank you for letting me come along.

  6. Ah, dear friend, your journey is taking me back to so many memories of CA. You are witnessing the beauty and serenity of God’s world. Everything is in place for a specific purpose. The pictures are wonderful. You have a cloud of witnesses along with you. God speed!

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