It starts off with a mix of excitement and apprehension. You approach it with wide-eyed wonder and an open heart, ready to accept whatever it brings.
Those first tentative steps into an unknown future become more steady as you find your own rhythm.
Sometimes the road ahead seems too hard, the uphill struggles insurmountable. But you get through it, one step at a time. Maybe taking a break to regroup before pushing forward, sometimes just motoring through.
Sometimes you can't see the way ahead of you, but you simply trust yourself and the trail that you're on. And at every step along the way, there is beauty to behold. If you remember to stop and look, you'll see that the world changes with every footfall.
You realize that you're not the first person to ever travel this road, and you won't be the last. So you honor those who were here before you, and those who will follow. There is reverence in this journey.
Sometimes you walk with friends, and sometimes you find yourself walking with strangers. At times, you're all by yourself. Sometimes, you travel the same road with the same people, and those are the ones you know are with you for the entire journey.
You get to the end of the trail and you look back over where you've been, and what you had to do to get here. And it's beautiful.
Isn't that exactly the way life should be?
|The Tip-Off, on the South Kaibab Trail. This is where the plateau drops into the Inner Gorge.|
|This was the third time Dave M hiked this trail with me. He lives in the UK.|
|And Jackie? This is the 6th time we've hiked to Phantom Ranch together. We will have many more adventures together in the future.|
|The view of the Colorado River, from the Black Bridge|
|Nearing the South Rim, on the Bright Angel Trail|
|I like to hang over the edge of cliffs.|
|Dave, Brian, Jackie, and me at Skeleton Point|
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