The gladdest thing

I will be the gladdest thing
    Under the sun!
I will touch a hundred flowers
    And not pick one. — “Afternoon on a Hill,” Edna St. Vincent Millay

For a couple of days – for a few hours this week – my husband and I and two good friends were, indeed, “the gladdest thing under the sun!” We drove and we hiked up hills and we walked among the hills at Carrizo Plain National Monument in South Central California. The long drive was worth it!

Enjoy this tiny sliver of the beauty that was ours to savor, to enjoy, just for a time:

Carrizo Plain National Monument, photo by Mary Elyn Bahlert, April 11, 2023