While visiting my parents, we went hiking at Rancho Sierra Vista. Wow. My kids are studs. We did six mountainous miles, switch-backing up and down canyons and creek beds.
The Camarillo Springs Fire that raged through here last Spring, the blaze that barely missed my parents’ home, completely vacated the trails of life. No trees, flowers, animals… just charred earth.
As we hiked here less than a year after the fires, we were able to see new growth, pushing forth from the damage. Such a moving image for me to see after the week we’d just had. NEW LIFE coming from DESTRUCTION.
(That’s not snow, it’s ash!)
It reminds me of the verse from Isaiah:
To all who mourn in Israel, he will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair. In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks that the LORD has planted for his own glory. (Is. 61:3)
It was a wonderful day.. and have I mentioned how much I love my Mum??? She’s amazing.
We are hoping to do the full 7 mile trek from Rancho Sierra Vista, across the Santa Monica mountains, to the coast on our next visit out here…