The Best of 2009 Blog Challenge
December 8 Moment of Peace:
An hour or a day or a week of solitude. What was the quality of your breath? The state of your mind? How did you get there?

I was going to follow Emily’s choice and mention our late afternoon spent investigating the dry riverbed at the most eastern end of the Joshua Tree National Park as my favorite moment of peace. It was the sort of solitude one welcomes when normally living a life bombarded with the audio trials and tribulations endured at a very busy street corner. The fact the moment was experienced on a whim (“Hey, I’m just going to pull over the road here…let’s go check it out!”) has painted the memory even more magical.

But in lieu of the already claimed tranquil memory, I’d like to share a similar peaceful and happy memory, but this time hundreds of miles away experienced during our coastal hike across Montaña De Oro State Park. It was where we spent a good deal of time just admiring our first wild sighting of a California otter bobbing on its back, enjoying a variety of seafood delectables, or collecting seaweed and sea shells to create oceanic bouquets. I also discovered a yet-to-be-identified creature, did my best S&M dominatrix impersonation and enjoyed the saline solitude of some of the most beautiful coastline in the world. My soul is still somewhere floating amongst the tidal detritus, lulled by the crashing sea and embedded in the geological braille of the cliffs of Montaña De Oro.

Photos: Emily