It looks like we opened our rainy season this Monday. With some variations, our weather will be like this for the next few months. It'll get cooler, but not dramatically so. We can pretty much wear the same jackets and light coats (again, with some variations) till Spring. I know I will miss sunny days, but at the same time, this mild climate really resonates with me - I find the cooler temperature, clouds and even rain comforting and sort of... "normal" :). Last weekend was warm and sunny though, but not as hot as they predicted - in mid to high 70s a few miles south of Tacoma where we spend last Sunday. I wrote about Grandview Trail which is a part of Pierce County trail system before - HERE, HERE and HERE. It is by far one of our most favorite places to go for a walk and to enjoy the surroundings - the beautiful Puget Sound and intricate shoreline with little islands. It is always a great photo opportunity and one of many magnificent places around the Sound for watching a sunset, the only show on the planet which is guaranteed every day in every country, for everyone. Sometimes it comes in spectacular colors and shapes, other times more modestly, almost like it wants to be unnoticed - it's always different, and always free, no exceptions.
We arrived at the trail about hour or so before the sunset (which is very early where we live - about 7 PM these days), took a few shots of my casual outfit - it's all about colors and comfy shoes - and went walking each at our own pace, enjoying the colorful sky.
There were many athletic walkers and relaxed wanderers like ourselves who would stop and watch the sunset in awe. Many were taking photos with their phones, some, just like Justin, brought their cameras. At times I see photographers with tripods coming to the trail - they know this spot.
At some point, I sat down on a concrete wall, in one of a few little circular areas for taking a break on the trail which goes on for miles. As I watched the sun going down, I suddenly felt tears quickly filling up my eyes, rushing down my cheeks... I did not want to stop looking at the sun right in front of me. I was afraid to move and loose even a tiny moment of the sunset. Quietly, only in my heart, I was saying thank you.
Thank you for shining on us,
for giving your light and warmth to us all,
happy and sad,
strong and weak,
short and tall,
each of us and all,
every single day,
Top - thrifted
Jeans - Ashley Stewart, sale
Sneakers - Born via Nordstrom Rack
Bracelet - Lane Bryant
Crystal earrings - from Russia, many years ago