At the start of the trip, a friend who lives in Seattle took a day off work to drive us to Snoqualmie Falls.
It's gorgeous. After admiring the view from the top, we hiked to the bottom. Along the way, every twist and turn took us to another incredibly beautiful vista -- a fairy tale forest, complete with moss-covered trees, soaring in the sunlight.
Kate walked ahead, taking these pics, while I dawdled. And oohed. And ahhed. And repeatedly said, "It's so beautiful!"
After a while of this, our Seattle friend finally asked, "What is?"
"All of this," I said, astonished by the question. "All of it."
He looked around again and quietly said, "You're right. I forget to be amazed."
My friend is a writer, an artist. His world revolves around creativity. It doesn't matter -- sooner or later, we all forget to be amazed. This weekend, don't forget. Open your eyes. See the beauty, appreciate the wonder. Be amazed.