I trespassed yesterday. A woman from my Step Aerobics class told me about a serene spot in the middle of a housing tract not far from the 5 Freeway, and right behind a Costco (although you’d never know it). There was a path going around a small lake; perfect for getting a good walk in.
And it was perfect. How can I have lived in San Diego for eighteen years and not known about this place? It was almost as if no one else knew about it either, although I am sure that the people who lived in the tract would just as soon keep it that way.
A woman jogged through with her dog; a lone white egret waded through the water, then took flight to the other side. A group (or is it called a “brace?”) of ducks sunned themselves on the grass. There were a couple of small waterfalls and wooden bridges.
I walked three laps around the lake, then got in my car and drove around the housing tract. What’s this? Another lake! I had to get out and walk again.
There was a woman walking her dog at this one. A big “No Trespassing” sign loomed near the entrance of this path. I smiled at the woman; a smile that said, “You’ll have to pardon me; I am here just to enjoy the beauty.”
On this lake the ducks paddled and dove, with their cute tails wiggling above water. A turtle hoisted himself up and out of the water to sun himself on the edge of the pathway as I approached; he eyed me fearlessly. A bright orange koi lingered nearby.
A plethora of emotions ran through me: joy, wonder, appreciation, and love for nature – all overwhelming. Part of me wanted to cry, while another part of me wanted to sit and meditate (even though I never do, but am trying to start).
Will I return to this out-of-the-way spot? More than likely, yes. But even more so, I am enlightened and encouraged to seek out other gems like this – not necessarily hidden, but places that are new to me, that can evoke the same sense of joy and wonder.
I encourage you to do the same.