I live ten minutes from Our Lady of Guadalupe Trappist Abbey. The order of monks that reside there have been so gracious to share the trails of their large natural area with the public. It’s a treasure- one of the few places left closeby where one may take a quiet ramble in nature. I set off solo early in the morning for an Earth Day hike. It’s pleasant with friends but by oneself you have the opportunity to notice so much more and the birds and other wildlife are much more willing to present themselves.
The main Guadalupe Loop is a steep one- about 1.5 miles up. At the top of the mountain is a primitive shrine to Our Lady Of Guadalupe where visitors can meditate, admire the view, and leave offerings- Catholic or not. It’s the kind of a hike where you can leave with a storm in your brain and then come down with head full of sunshine.
It’s good to remember where we come from especially now- the earth needs our attention and love more than ever.
Here is a poem I wrote along my hike…
Walking up the Mountain
How can I honor
you who feeds my body
and my soul
who provides me respite
from this troubled word?
I will walk up the mountain
through the meadow
through the wood
I will nod to your blessed
the iris , the camas, the fawn lilly
the flicker laughing unseen
the fern unfolding
I shall inhale your sweetness
and when I reach the top
stow these treasures in my heart
then walk back down the mountain
to share them with the others
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