Several weeks ago Nolemana and I drove up to Hood River to get more apples. It was a rainy day but we didn’t care. We decided to drive along the Historic Columbia Gorge Highway because it’s so lovely in the fall.
Despite the rain, there were a lot of people out; hikers in their shorts and hiking boots headed up the trails, some with babies in backpacks. Oregonians don’t stop their activities just because it’s raining!
At Horsetail Falls, which is right next to the road, I was captivated by a rainbow of dazzling color in front of me: the pink of the greyhound’s raincoat which was reflected in the road, her owner’s umbrella, the leaves turning from green to gold, and the waterfall cascading down with a roar.
Lately I have felt “afflicted and not comforted”, but the colors filling my eyes reminded me yet again that ke Akua will give me beauty for ashes, and that this gray season that I’m in will not last forever.