He got an early start that day. Often in late fall, it can get pretty darn hot on the trails above Howarth Park, Santa Rosa, California, in the county of Sonoma. Having lived in Sonoma county for many years he knew the backroads in. There’s a convenient entry way on the east trailhead at Lawndale road. Be courteous though, alot of nice folks live up there on this street, so don’t be noisy. From Hwy.101 in Santa Rosa, take hwy 12 east about 9 miles, turn right on Lawndale Rd and continue about 1.5 miles til you get to a small parking lot area on the right side of the road. Take your valuable, thieves roam the hills.
Its an 8 mile hike, though today was just going to be a head clearing 3 miler, just go up the steep climb, and stretch, then come back down- it’ll take about an hour; he has to meet Pamela for lunch back in town, so he doesn’t have as much time as he thought. No biggie- this is a great hike, with a good climb and hot sun, usually little foot traffic either. Good, he can be alone. The trail is very bumpy and rugged at first, wear good hiking shoes. Bring lot’s of water too, as its dusty and dry in these rolling, somewhat arid oak hillsides of the park. You’ll come to a fork on the trail, one trail will take you through the forest, the other way will keep you right, walking up a steep, rigged well used fire road, but one he prefers, as it has more sun.The interior road, or going off to the left will bring one to the lake sooner, and very nice place to stop, rest, have some water, and a bit to eat. Swimming in Lake Ilsanj is risky, more and more homeless use it as their toilet. People here just lack a sort of grace, y’know? Maybe if the society in general was more gracious, these homeless would at least have a nice place to go and get food rest and defecate.
Still a nice place to sunbathe.
So many thoughts running through his head and mind of late- such a transformation he is going through. Such a blessing to be able to come out here and hike, walk, clear the mind, talk to oneself; just get everything arranged, organized. He feels more and more like he isn’t waking up, lifting the veil of ego and me my-isms and entering a fresher, deeper richer person who lives and has lived just below the surface for years. His divine self. Making sure he is not at war within himself, not harbouring ill will or unfettered angers, he reminds himself he cannot expect the world around him to be transforming just because he is, from within. Though certainly as one evolves the higher self the world is transformed around you; instead of untrusting place, the world becomes more and more beneficient verdant and loving,joyous, just like all of nature is.
What’s wrong with America? Gosh, so many things. It feels like we ‘re sinking into a morass of obesity-obese thoughts, obese appetites; yet there is a great emptiness too. As though we, as a nation, are not being nourished. Nourished by good wholesome thinking, relationships, families, each other. We’re scared, that’s why. The ground under our feet doesn’t feel secure.So we eat, we eat too much, too much of the wrong foods.
Why is everyone so obsessed with being fat or thin? What about just being Fit? Has our using 45% of the world’s resources really been good for us? We have some of the fattest people on the planet living in this country- and its sad! They have trouble defecating, walking, sitting, getting up off the couch! The other day upon buying some good fruit juice and a pie at a very high end supermarket, he’d been was accosted by the sign that asked me to donate money for childhood diabetes!! This is one of the highest per capita income areas in the Bay Area! Kids with diabetes? Rich kids? These weren’t the poor people, these are the rich kids! later, upon arriving at the birthday party I was attending, healthy pure cane sugar pie in hand, the first thing out of people’s mouths were ‘I’m Fat’!! Though, the birthday girl, who is a young vigorous 66 years old said she’d been on an 18 mile bike ride that day! Wow- such contradictions! It hit him in the face like a cream pie! A shift in people’s thinking is urgently required. As the country re builds and re invents itself we’ve got to get this next generation of kids, and even folks my age, out and about! Up off their couches and recliners. It doesn’t cost anything to go for a walk, folks! Turn the phone off, put down facebook, re connect with your loved ones, your pets, your self.
Get Fit folks! Carry the weight you think your body is comfortable with- a weight that doesn’t hurt your knees, your hips, your lymph nodes, your endocrine system. Eat lighter, too: a plant based whole food, often raw foods in the weekly diet too, will do wonders for your over all well being.
Not wanting to lecture anyone, or shame them into bettering themselves, he came off the mountain shirtless, glowing from within. The Sun was hot, his legs were still strong, his attitude clear and bright, his heart pure.
Over and out.
-leehoward, from deep within his bunker somwhere at a secret location on the north Coast of California