Saddleback Mountain at Sunrise
What could be more special to start your visit than to share our beautiful Saddleback Mountain at sunrise during my morning walk in my neighborhood!
The highest point in Orange County is Saddleback Mountain (5,689 ft) or more properly Santiago Peak. Combined with Modjeska Peak (5,496ft) the two comprise Saddleback Mountain.
I’ve chosen a flowering tea called *Lotus* from the Art of Tea to begin this day and this journey. They say that the Lotus is the original blooming flower. The petal colors of the lotus flower vary depending on the picking season from purple, yellow, pink, white and red. Besides being a beautiful flower, the taste is incredibly smooth and sweet offering a bright yellow infusion when brewed.
A very special aunt in my life believed that each morning should start with a delicious bite of chocolate before her first cuppa. When I would visit her, while the water was coming to a boil, she would bring out her beloved box of Russell Stover chocolates and always let me choose first. This ritual is one I shall always remember with such joy. So, each day of my time with the little plum teapot will start with a chocolate special to me or a favorite of someone special to me. Today it is Russell Stover to honor my aunt.
*The lotus flower opens and closes every day in a ritual of renewal. It’s this continual reinvention that has promised an element of excitement and surprise and hope.*