For our anniversary we decided to take advantage of the nice hiking trails near Idyllwild. Hiking with a dog means that we weren’t able to use any of the trails in the State park, but I heard the hike to Tahquitz peak was one of the better and more popular hikes and it was dog friendly since it is in the San Bernardino National Forest. We also lucked out because there’s a limited number of hiking permits issued on weekends, but since we went on a Monday, we got one of the best hikes in the area all to ourselves.
We took the trailhead from Humber Park, and climbed roughly 1600 feet for a 4.9 mile out and back hike. We haven’t been hiking in a while and we had never hiked at such a high elevation, so we had to adjust our goal. We ended up taking the Devil’s Slide Trail to Saddle Junction, where the PCT intersects a couple of other trails.
I don’t think we’ve ever gone on a long hike and not reached a grand vista before, but the forest clearing around the junction is pure magic. Once we made it up there we met a couple celebrating their 52nd wedding anniversary and when speaking with them more, we also learned their ages and they’re the same age apart as me and Luis. I took it as a good omen and I hope that we get that far and still find the energy to hike up a mountain.
Something about being in the ocean, makes me surrender and gives me inner peace and calm. The connection I feel in water is removes my individuality and makes me feel like I’m one with everything. The mountains do something different. I feel the strength of my will and my powerlessness. I’m reminded of how wild I am, because even though I conceal my nonconformity in order to blend into society with minimal friction, when I am in the wilderness, my spirit is free and I am my truest self. I realize how trapped I am and how free I wish to be.
Also there’s something to be said about the wind moving through the mountains and trees. I swear it sounds just like the earth itself is breathing.