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. ♥️????