Left to my original plans, I would have robbed myself of a spectacular day. I can feel my legs cramping right now as I type this after almost 16 miles of hiking. My fitness app congratulated me with the most active day to date. I walked for 6 hours and only burned 1250 calories. I have to laugh at that one. I burned off so much more than calories; deodorant, eye shadow, stress, and residual mental trash. Erin, from Moab, had a cat and now has 2 cats. I am still allergic and was getting sick of my nose running, sneezing and having a tightness in my chest. So I decided on a last minute change in plans to hit a few national parks, Bryce and Zion. Today I planned to sweat with God and work some stuff out. I wanted to leave the remaining lingering bull shit from the men of my past in at the spot where Angel’s Land in this great park.
After about an hour drive from my tiny “home” in Kanab, UT, I pull into the visitor’s center ready to jump on the shuttle to finish the ride and to start hiking. As I pull in and some dude gets out of the car next to me. He’s all smiley like me so I say”Hi!” like I do to all happy faces I see. My focus quickly turns to preparing my pack to jump on the shuttle. Just then I notice that the shuttle is closed for the winter. So, I wander into the center to see if it is safe to hike Angel’s Landing. Not sure if there will be ice and snow. There was snow all over the place at Bryce Canyon yesterday and there is no way I would hike to the Angel’s spot in ice. I make it to the desk and smiley dude is there and leaves with another smile. I chat for a few minutes with the Ranger excitedly as he explains that I get to drive to the spots rather than the shuttle. Hot Damn!
I am almost levitating to the car and there is smiley dude coming out of the restroom. I look up to hear him say, “Hey there. Where are you hiking today?” I snicker and say, “No, you first. Where are you going?” Turns out we are both going to Angel’s landing. I introduce myself and say “Let’s go, I will beat you there.” He giggles and follows. 6 hours later we have hiked 16 miles and laughed so much that my cheeks hurt. He was exactly what I needed to let the old stagnant BS go. I did not spend one minute thinking about anyone. I just simply enjoyed each moment, each step, each laughter. We encouraged others along the way. The smiles of fellow hikers in need of a pep talk were precious. Dave lives in Canada, so I most likely will never see him again. Which is completely fine with me. I loved today and am grateful for the gift of kindness and friendship from God. Of course it would take an attractive, funny, trash talking Canadian man for me to stay present. Too funny!
Here’s to making new friends while enjoying Nature!
Cheerleader of fellow hikers