"The best therapist has fur and four legs."
Squinting even while wearing a hat & glasses...
After a 2 week trip into the wilderness, I'm not gonna lie, I'm extremely glad to be back to a normal life with wifi (#firstworldproblems, eh?). I like to think I love nature a bit more than the average person but even I am prone to cabin fever now and then.
However, a recent venture into the trail of 100 trees in the Sequoia National Forest was an unforgettable and humbling experience. Trees that are as tall as dinosaurs (and probably nearly as old, too- well kinda but not really) almost makes being human seem like a very insignificant thing. How could these trees survive life for so long even during extreme droughts? You should see these trees that are literally located on top of the world (seriously, you have to take a long winding road to see them but thankfully it's not too winding unless you get car sick easily...).
I was literally speechless upon seeing the enchanting meadows that graced me with their presence- straight out of a scene from Bambi, I tell you (except, you know, not animated). I probably would have lied down in the center of a meadow had it not been for all the bees buzzing around the charming yellow flowers (oh well, I suppose they were there first...).
So basically, what I'm trying to say is that if you come to California, after the excitement of Hollywood and Disneyland wears off (because honestly, it will), a visit to the trail of 100 giants is, well, a 100x more magical than any man-made attraction...
It seems I've caught the reading bug once again. And I don't even know if anyone even enjoys these types of posts but if anything, they serve as a visual reminder for myself to keep track of which books I've read/how often I read.
Recently I read this little book called Murder, She Barked. Being the crazy dog lady that I am, the cover is what initially attracted me. I actually took this book with me to Ireland with the intention of reading it on the flight but it turns out, you just can't read on a flight- it's way too cramped and I was way too sleepy to even think about focusing on a story. So I finally sat down to read this book a couple of weeks ago and it turns out I couldn't put it down once I started reading the first few pages. The main character is a relatable young career woman with memories of a happy childhood growing up around her grandmother's charming Inn. With the turn of each page, it transforms into an entertaining read about a murder that occurs in a perfect little touristy town where the Inn is located and contains enough mystery to keep you intrigued. The involvement of the pets in this story adds a special touch. It's not like the animals talk or anything (that would be too Disney) but they are constantly mentioned in believable scenarios throughout the story. It's just such a lighthearted but captivating read- the kind of read you want when you're sitting in the sunshine eating a bowl of peaches and a big glass of iced tea (just me?)
What kind of books do you like to read for leisure? Any recommendations?
"There are always flowers for those who want to see them."
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