X-Files, Ziggy Stardust, and How I am Terrified to Hike the Continental Divide Trail
I got sick last week. It was a close call, but this isn’t the first time I’ve escaped death. Being sick is the absolute worst, but it is the best excuse to binge-watch on Netflix, so I went for it (season 3, X-Files, #noregrets). I love X-Files for two reasons: 1. Mulder is ALWAYS right. He’s always out there with his alien hypotheses and psychic ideas, but he’s always right on. And 2. Scully, the eternal skeptic, always has Mulder’s back. It doesn’t matter what crazy mystic mumbo jumbo happens, they always are there for each other.
Last night David Bowie passed away. The man making up the soundtrack of early college, my hiking days, and life in general. I recall my first Bowie album. I would listen to it for days and weeks on end in my car and in my room. I basically toted the CD with me everywhere I went (Bowie is still a mainstay on my music-listening apparatus, along with the Weezer- the blue album, Wu-Tang, Beyoncé, and Modest Mouse-the Moon and Antartica). The man was fierce. Ziggy Stardust, the alien rockstar, has returned to the stars. And they look a little bit different tonight. RIP Ziggy.
The point is, I am terrified of the CDT. There, I said it. I am afraid of being too alone! I have no Scully or Mulder at my side. I am afraid of snow and being cold. I am afraid of lightening. I am afraid of not being a good enough hiker. What if I get terribly lost? AND WHAT IF I GET ABDUCTED BY ALIENS (a real fear)? At least now I can put one of my fears aside because I wouldn’t mind hanging in space with Major Tom.
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