Recovering from the Disneyland trip and our first big winter rain storm my husband and I hit the scenic highway near our home and went for a hike. As I've said before fall is my favorite time of year and today was one of those reasons why. The air was warm and muggy following a nasty storm, but the naked branches twinkled with sparkling raindrops. Even with the warm air everything felt clean, like stepping into a wash room on laundry day. Scents were intensified and the smell of musty leaves, and the strong eucalyptus aroma filled the air. Traffic noises faded the further we walked and soon all I heard was the rustle of leaves and my feet padding on the pavement. The sky never turned blue but remained overcast with dark storm clouds occasionally floating overhead,the remains of the storm blowing itself out. Not a crisp fall day but a soft cottony day, one that makes you love the outdoors and still appreciate the feel of a cup of tea at the end of a good hike.