Angel Rocks for Easter

Angel Rocks for Easter

One awesome perk about being married and living so far from most of our family and friends is that we get to make our own completely original holiday traditions. And we can be as conventional or non-conventional as our hearts desire. Our first Easter together was no exception. The whole weekend was actually a blast because he had a four-day and he’d just gotten home from a month of training, but the actual day of Easter was my favorite.

We forgo-ed the baskets, the candy, the ham, and the family (the last one wasn’t on purpose!). He slept in and I went for a run because this weekend was the very first weekend the bike and walking trails around our neighborhood were clear and I was itching to test them out. After a 5 mile run, we had a late breakfast and then we drove down Chena Hot Springs road and decided to do the Angel Rocks Loop.

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Angel Rocks is a 3 mile hiking trail that leads hikers up to these awesome granite formations that overlook the mountains and valleys that surround the Chena River. On a normal day, it would have been an easy hike. On a day that I decided to see how far I could run for the first time this season, my hip flexors were burning most of the hike. Because of the amount of snow, I’m not entirely sure if we made it to the top most rock or not, but we ended up scrambling up one that overlooked everything perfectly and hung out there for awhile, eating nuts, drinking water, and taking pictures.

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I always have an intense wave of humbleness overcome me when I go hiking and reach the “summit” of my hike. Some of the most spiritual moments of my life have been overlooking mountain ranges, rivers, tiny roads and people, watching birds fly below me, and seeing how insignificant I am in the grand scheme of things.

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There’s something about seeing the world from this perspective that almost drops me to my knees.

After our hike, we used our new grill and made steaks, asparagus with parmesan, and grilled onions and peppers. Dessert was ice cream and lots of it. It was a completely unconventional, original Easter holiday and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

“My religion is nature. That’s what arouses those feelings of wonder and mysticism and gratitude in me.”
– Oliver Sacks


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