I went early to Muir Woods and walked the loop. I saw a young couple ahead hugging, and averted my eyes and then realized she was crying. She then handed me her camera so I could take a picture of them. He had just asked her to marry him and given her a beautiful engagement ring.
Steve and I were married 37 years ago today, so it was a lovely sharing.
He is in NY, so we will spend the weekend in Inverness to celebrate our anniversary. Circumstances get him back at 11 tomorrow night, so the reservations were made and I will have one night in a tree house room alone, and the next night we will share it. It feels right, like marriage, an honoring of togetherness and solitude, the need and desire to share and be apart.
As I left Muir Woods, the tour buses were arriving and lines of people were getting off. It is a cathedral before they come, and then, it is a marathon photo-taking event. There was a baby deer at the entrance to Muir Woods when I arrived, and an owl serenaded me with a whooo as I walked. What a way to begin a day!
Muir Woods is one of the five quietest national parks. They really work to preserve that, and have an area where they request no talking and no cell phone use. The trees need quiet, the birds, and the creek deserves to be heard. It is a spiritual place, and I am grateful to those who saved it and gave it as a gift to us.