One day recently a group of senior hikers from the Sierra Club walked along West Cliff Drive in Santa Cruz, California to visit a Monarch butterfly reserve that is part of Natural Bridges State Park.
It was one of the highlights of my year–as it is every year on this annual trek. The Monarchs were there by the thousands, flitting from tree to tree and in between. The temperature was just right–well above 55°F degrees or they wouldn’t be able to fly. They can’t even crawl below 41°F. So our timing was just right.
Groups of school children in their matching t-shirts crowded around the site where a park ranger held their rapt attention as she shared details about these beautiful creatures that fascinate people of all ages.
We had a blue-sky day and a leader who knows about all things related to the Monarch so we seniors had our own special guide.
It is on days like this that I am especially grateful to my parents who taught us kids to appreciate nature, wildlife, insects, and all manner of life in all its forms. How blessed I am, as well, to live in a state that respects God’s creatures and protects them.