I reached the top of the segment where the trail flattened out before me. Specs of blue and yellow danced about a sea of green greeting me as I caught my breath from my first climb.
Yet it was not this breath-taking view of above and beyond that caught my gaze... but a golden gleam of orange illuminated by the warm early spring sun that captured my glance and warmed my thoughts.
My what a splendid sight of this jewel glowing so bright! Her dance gave me a feeling of warmth inside... Shimmering and bobbing
up and down with pride, as if in praise of my every stride. I pause for while to admire her show. I exclaim, "Oh California
poppy! You raise my spirit so! You are the sign of spring!" She nodded her head in agreement as the soft warm breeze brushed her petals.
She softened and embraced me with her beauty and glow. I resumed my own dance along the trail embracing my encounter with a moment of peace.