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Earth Day reminds me of what I like about living close to an urban forest with an ability to leave the sprawl of Los Angeles and be in the mountains hiking within 45 minutes to an hour, surrounded by sights that look more like the beauty of the Rocky Mountains than the dryness of Southern California.
Two of my books, Getaway and Riding Shotgun, feature the mountains prominently.
Here’s an excerpt from Getaway, where the heroine, Marcie finds joy skinny dipping in a mountain stream:
Marcie removed her hiking shoes and rolled off her socks, then dipped her toes in the water, recoiling from the icy grip racing up her ankles and legs—and then holding her breath, exhaling little by little until she grew acclimated.
She kicked across the surface of the water—
and then twirled with her arms spread wide; basking in her freedom to splash with no one present to judge what might have been called childish actions.
A hawk overhead caught a draft of wind through
the canyon on its feathery wings, and flew through the branches before soaring above the trees. The sun warmed her so thoroughly that she stripped off her hiking T-shirt.
Her bikini top held her breasts firmly in place; though small, they created enough cleavage to catch a man’s fancy—if any had been around. Alone in nature, public modesty could be tossed aside like a rag.