Sometimes, the best things in life are those that take you completely by surprise and today, I stumbled upon one of those things. I left to go hiking soon after the sun came up and took my time navigating the woods, pausing periodically to enjoy the sights, sounds and smells the warm summer day had to offer. About an hour in, I decided to forego my usual route. Why not try something new? So I did. Instead of turning left at the stream, I continued straight on the path and a few steps in, there it was ... a magnificent clearing! I stood, awestruck for a moment, taking in the majesty of it all, the snow capped mountains to the west, the stately trees of the woods to the north, south and east. The air seemed fresher here somehow, and had a slight chill from the mountains. I dropped my backpack and lay on the grass, watching the clouds slowly drift about the sky and listening to the silence. It was the best day!