in the past, when i needed to clear my head, i'd go to the beach
today was a warm day, in the upper 70's and very windy
instead of opting for the beach, i just drove and every now and then would turn onto a road i'd never been on before.
there was a thunderstorm closing in, and against the slowly setting sun i stopped to take pictures of a rainbow.
then i realized where i was... standing on the edge of a golf course, with an approaching thunderstorm that i could clearly hear... and it hit me, (and fortunately not literally) that golf courses frequently attract lightning.
so i got back in my car and took another new road.
where i came across this view on a dead end road that i took to see the nordic ski areas, and just stopped to enjoy it for a few minutes with all the windows open, the scent of fresh rain in the trees, flowers, and a sudden 10 degree drop in temperature.
it was very relaxing and really helped me to put some things in perspective.
when i got home, the sun was still slowly sinking, the thunderclouds had been pushed east by the wind, and there was this amazing display of clouds back lit by the sun in the west.
there are some days when i wish i could bottle the wind, the scents that it carries, the sound of the trees as they answer back to the wind rushing through their leaves, and the warmth of the setting sun on my shoulders.