It is a tranquil morning as I gaze at the overcast skies of the Pacific Crest through the tall windows in the lounge area of the Bonneville Resort. I sit besides a large two sided fireplace and can feel the warmth of the heat next to me. A baby grand sits in the corner patiently waiting it’s opportunity to allow a musical artist to finely express her art upon it’s white and black keys.
Both my skin and soul feel revitalized from the many soaks in the hot springs mineral water that flows so freely here. After a fine dinner and quite conversation last night we found great delight in the hot mineral hot tub that sat on the balcony of our own room here overlooking the vast display of nature in the distance.
I return to my room after a few cups of coffee and the opportunity to take some early morning photos to once again feel the warmth of the mineral water upon my skin as I soak and dream as I gaze up at the sun trying to break through the morning clouds. The mountaintops in the distance are wrapped in the condensation that appears to be smoke clinging the the earth so high in the sky. As my thoughts drift I feel the connection between earth and my very own being coming together in a romantic dance of vibrational energy. Time seems to stand still and all physical things around me vanish before me as I am in the hot springs of a distant trail that I have hiked to. It is me and the pure energy that surrounds me in this tranquil natural bath I now melt in. The glow of the sunshine reflected off the wet rocks beside me and the deep green plants that grow around me become a part of me as I breath deep and slow to the same rhythm of the energy that surrounds me. I am the tree’s, the clouds and the very mineral water I lie in and the feeling is that of oneness with all that exists in the universe.
As I rise I now find myself standing in the mineral hot tub on the balcony of this room in the Pacific Crest. I know that I have once again been given the opportunity to make that connection with the universe that so many seek. As I sit naked on my balcony feeling the sun upon my face as I write it is a calm and peace I feel inside knowing that I am a part of this natural world in which all of us live in.
The beauty continued with the drive home westward on Route 14 on the Washington side of the Columbia River. We stopped a few times to capture a few photo’s of the wonders of this incredible region of the world.