This past Friday morning the fog was thick, the air was cool, everything was still dripping from the short but sweet rain the night before and the trail was calling. I walk nearly everyday in Nisene Marks State Park; it’s close to my studio and a beautiful place to explore old growth redwood groves. I usually only have time for a one or two mile hike on trails I’ve walked a thousand times before, but this day I needed to indulge in alone time in the woods. I always say that my time out of the studio, exploring nature is just as vital to my work as being in the studio with my hands in the clay and at times like this that I am reminded of how true that statement is. I headed out on a 6+ mile loop with Indy by my side and didn’t see another human for over 2 hours when I was nearly back to my car. Burning muscles, tired dog, muddy boots and one happy girl.