When Brandon and I last went hiking in Idyllwild, the landscape around me glowed. I found myself lost in capturing all of the details around me, and less of its scope. Mid-journey we came upon another pair of hikers and we stood like cars at a railroad crossing, watching this nonchalant rattlesnake slither across our path. So many people I know are scared of snakes but I think they are beautiful. Hikes like this one feed my soul.