Change: Fear vs Reward
Three days ago my hike took a dramatic turn. My hiking cousin went back home to Minnesota. That morning was spent in a rush for me and my husband, trying to get me back on the trail at Rock Gap, NC. I was desperately trying to find some people I had met the last couple of days so I could continue on with them. I hiked 14 miles in 5 hours slackpacking toward Wayah Bald. Every person I passed I would ask the same question, “Have you seen Rock Steady, he hikes with bamboo poles”. I received various answers throughout the day. At Winding Stair Gap, someone told me that the group was 2 hours ahead. Hearing that, was a little disheartening.
My steps slowed around 3 pm, until I met a woman on the trail who showed me her map to Wesser Bald. I would be meeting my husband there to retrieve my backpack. I had 4 miles to go. I also knew a mile beyond this bald was the shelter, my new friends could be there. With renewed energy I continued on.
A few minutes before I arrived at the Wesser Bald parking lot, unknown to me, my husband Tom had arrived. It was great to see him after such a trying day. We discussed what I should do next and we agreed, that I should continue my hike. I have the most wonderful husband I know in the world. With a big hug and a kiss goodbye, I headed into the great unknown.
I haven’t regretted our decision. Instead of letting fear of the unknown rule the day, I have let the beauty of the trail, my fellow hikers and especially my family, help me see the rewards of this incredible journey. Amazing things are happening and amazing things will continue to happen as long as I do my part. Hike on fellow travellers, hike on.
An update: I will no longer be posting on the Sisu Sistahood Facebook page. You can only follow my hike here or on my personal Facebook page. Thank you everyone for your support, words cannot adequately express how very important to that support has been to me.
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