by Kristy Gherlone
Life is a lot like a hiking trip. You start alone, ascending, learning, gaining strength.
Some days are a real struggle. Rainy days. Water dripping down your neck days. Black cloud days. I’ve forgotten the toilet paper, and the only leaves available are poison ivy days. You can hardly put one foot in front of the other.
If not for these days, we would never fully appreciate the SUNSHINE days! Beautiful sites, feet flying up the mountain, I have found an only slightly used pack of M&M days! TRAIL MAGIC!
You meet people along the way. Some people are asked to join you, some people you’d like to throw off a cliff. I have met both. I have found the one I’d like to go to the top with. A hiking partner able to go the distance without giving up half way.
I have three beautiful girls who used to hike with me. Some days they’d like to throw me off a cliff!
Just remember not to spend too much time with your head in the clouds. Come back down. There is beauty and knowledge in the descent. Maybe you’ll just find some trail mix too!