I saw a bumper sticker the other day that I guess was a parody of the theme "I'd Rather Be Jogging," or "I'd Rather Be Fishing," or "I'd Rather Be Shopping."
The sticker I saw was: "I'd rather be HERE," and I took it as a gentle reminder that happiness is best found in the present moment, not in some dreamland, fantasy island place in the future.
Nevertheless -- and bumper sticker wisdom notwithstanding -- a friend and I headed up into the mountains yesterday.
We left here behind, and ventured there. I fully admit that the landscape where I feel most content and at peace is up in Earth's high places.
Our trip took us through the Skagit Valley, where I photographed moon-set at dawn (above.) And then we drove up, up, up, toward Mt. Shuksan, one of the most beautiful peaks on the planet in my opinion. And to Mt. Baker.
At a number of points in our snowshoe hike, my friend and I exchanged grinning expressions of joy, moments when no words were necessary.
We were both so happy to be where we were.