|Hi there, Jeff. This is lovely. Consider some minor changes throughout.
Here, in the first paragraph: And the picture a trail beneath these trees, smooth and well-trod. This sentence needs review and may be better said, Then picture a trail..., etc.
And here: There is salt on this wind; these trees must descend to the sea. Consider changing the word "on" to "in." For instance, There is salt in the wind..., etc.
Here, in the second paragraph: ...the gulls all fighting for the scraps..., may be better said, ...the gulls all fighting for scraps... (Remove the word "the" before "scraps.")
Here: ...you can feel your footsteps start to descend... Maybe consider removing "You can feel" from this phrase. I find it unnecessary and removing it gives the phrase more power.
Here: You are able to feel the air growing warmer, moist with the kiss of the shoreline below. Also remove, "You are able to feel" and instead say, perhaps, "The air is growing warmer, moist with the kiss of the shoreline below."
That's as far as I am going with suggestions here. However, if you move into the present tense where ever possible, you work will come alive---even more---and your words will become more powerful. Also, remove anything that does not add to your work and remove anything that may detract from your work.
It was a pleasure to read and review your shining work. Stay strong and never give up!