i just returned from a remarkable few days on the coast of california. the sites were unbelievable. i had no idea what we have available to us, right here in our own country…in our own state! in our own backyard. there were times when i literally lost my breath. it is moments such as these, of pure natural beauty that i experience the miracles that surround us. how odd that i need to be reminded of these miracles? how sad that i can go a whole day and not be in simple gratitude for the remarkable creation we are living. i am in deep, deep gratitude for all that is before us, behind us, and every part that is not visible but i trust is there. our creator is truly astounding and i am in AWE.