Thursday, May 18, 2017
We walk against a narrow pass. I have our youngest strapped to my back as I carefully balance uphill to the top of the Falls. I can see where this could make some people feel uneasy...as if this isn't 'safe'. But not to me. This moment feels raw and exciting like getting a drug of euphoria IV'd into my arm. My soul shouts "Yes! Yes! HELL YES!"
After we spend moments staring at the beautiful falls and admiring what we accomplished we slowly begin the journey back down the mountain. With each step down my heart hurts just a little. I'm not done here. I want to hang a hammock here or camp next to the waterfall. I don't want to leave her yet (yes, the waterfall is a beautiful she). I want to keep going. What is beyond that damn fall? I want to jump into the fall and let it clean me. Then, as we are walking and these thoughts race through my mind, my 7 year old exclaims that this is his most favorite hike EVER. He tells me a few more times and I know in my heart that what we are doing is right.
That quote by John Muir touches my soul so deeply. "In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks." It's 100% true. For Mother's Day I simply wanted an adventure. I wanted to get up early, grab our thermos of coffee and drive up to the mountains and see something beautiful. I have two kids so my expectations were low (with family hikes one can anticipate a certain level of complaining, snack needing, 'carry me cries', and so on...) but this exceeded it all for me. It only filled my cup even more. It left me dreaming of other adventures to take. It solidified thoughts I have been having about the need to take away the 'stuff' or at least the focus on the 'stuff' and place that focus on being together and putting ourselves in the way of beauty as often as possible.
So if you're thinking about doing something a little wild. Or maybe just exploring that trail or creek nearby...but for some reason or another you've given pause..just do it. Go. Explore. Do.