• Melodye Shore

      Oh, it’s worth it for the wonders alone, fresh air a bonus! I highly recommend regular walks in nature, and if you can venture out with a friend, all the better. 🙂

  1. Laura Ennis

    The before and after pictures of the lake and the landscape are truly frightening. Have been following this in Australia and the Arctic – thank you for posting this.

    • Melodye Shore

      Yes, it’s so very sad, and the potential consequences are truly frightening. Mother Nature is warning us, isn’t she? I hope we’ll respond accordingly, before it’s too late.

  2. Oritte

    Lovely! Especially this: “If every plant tells a story (and the topography reveals its source), these first forays into the Orange County wilderness helped illustrate for me the inextricable link between ourselves and Mother Nature…”. Beautiful. I felt like I was there with you.

    • Melodye Shore

      I wish you had been–and hope you can be, someday. It’s a treat, even though the parched landscape is deeply concerning.

  3. Melodye, I’m so glad you are getting out to the trails. Because, YES, this: “these first forays into the Orange County wilderness helped illustrate for me the inextricable link between ourselves and Mother Nature.” Exactly. I hope your ankle heals quickly!

    • Melodye Shore

      I’ve always found sanctuary (and renewal) among flowers, birds and the like. Hiking’s a bit more effortful, but totally worth it. I’m thinking it’ll make me stronger in more ways than I can currently imagine.

      (Doubt that I’ll ever be as hardcore as you, Lynn, but you are an inspiration, that’s for sure!)

  4. Hope you didn’t hurt your poor ankle again. It must be very worrying that this drought is going on and on. I hope the rainy season turns out to be a long refreshing drink of water for the land.

    • Melodye Shore

      It’s never fully recovered, so exasperating! But I’m hoping that hiking (different and more challenging) will strengthen it. It’s so restorative, being out in nature. Enlightening, too, and yes, worrisome, to witness the long-term effects of the drought up close.

    • Melodye Shore

      I love sharing stories with you, and listening to yours! I’m thinking/hoping this new exercise will help my ankle heal in ways that it hasn’t, up to now. For sure, it’ll be more enjoyable than anything you’d find on a photocopied sheet from the physical therapist! 🙂

  5. Oh my gosh, what a lovely hike is beautiful country. It must be a shock to see the lake bed so dried into that crackly paving stone look. I do hope the El Nino will be rainy for Orange County. I remember my most favourite times in deserts (mostly Arizona, Nevada) was always in April, with a little rain and a profusion of wildflowers.

    • Melodye Shore

      Oh, t’s my favorite, too! I love wildflower season, and look forward to seeing a profusion of delicate blooms again, come springtime. (Assuming El Nino comes through for us, that is. We need rain so very desperately here, and snow in the mountains…)

  6. Oh how I loved that you shared this with us! I almost felt like I was hitching a ride with you like those Opuntia! What beauty, so different from our wet western Oregon forests. Thanks for taking us along so we could soak in nature’s wisdom together.. 🙂

  7. As someone who also loves to hike, I both enjoyed your prose and the information you shared here, Melodye. I always wondered about those coyote melons (what they were called, are they edible, etc.). Wonderful piece.

    • Melodye Shore

      I’ve got a great teacher in Karin Klein. And you know me: I love sharing the world as I know and experience it. 🙂

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