in the Tahoe National Forest
June 19, 2014
There are some experiences that are hard for me to write about on a public blog, because they're so incredibly personal. Being able to take Art Shapiro out to his butterfly monitoring sites has been a special blessing that is helping me change my life's direction in a dramatic way. His advice to me was simple, "Follow your heart." I achieved what could only be described as butterfly nirvana as I sat on top of Andesite Peak, surrounded by swirling, flirting, fighting anise swallowtails and bright whites (spring white and the more elusive to me western white). To see them hilltopping in motion in such a grand fashion took my breath away (and it wasn't just the high elevation hiking, either!). This was a good day.