Borrego Bear Wallows
"The winter solstice has always been special to me as a barren darkness that gives birth to a verdant future beyond imagination, a time of pain and withdrawal that produces something joyfully inconceivable, like a monarch butterfly masterfully extracting itself from the confines of its cocoon, bursting forth into unexpected glory." -Gary Zukav
Yesterday I practiced contemplation and appreciation of nature while I took the baby and the pooch on a hike along the Borrego Bear Wallows trail. It was a lovely afternoon with the sun reflecting off the white snow, and the woods were silent except for the sounds of crunching snow and occasional birds and creatures in the trees. Borrego Bear Wallows was the last hike I did during my pregnancy, one week before Ady was born, and coincidentally, 7 weeks later, it was also her first hike since entering the world. I often wonder if sounds and voices that Ady heard in utero are familiar to her now, and I talked to her during our hike yesterday about how she already traveled these woods before she was born. I reflected on our connection to nature and to the past. While the colors in the woods have changed a lot in 7 weeks, and the fallen leaves have now been replaced with snow, the trees are the same, as are the animals who live here.
|Borrego Bear Wallows hike on October 28th|
|Kua (before becoming a big sister)|
|7 weeks later, Kua leading the way for her baby sister|
|Mom and Ady on our first winter hike|
As I experience nature and appreciate all that winter has to offer, I also reflect on the beautiful metamorphosis I have experienced in the past few months from pregnancy to motherhood, and I look forward to the adventures that 2017 has to offer.