Sunday, April 28, 2013
This morning my middle daughter and I went on a beautiful hike. It was a hike that we tried to do in February but the roads in were icey and snow-covered due to no winter maintenance. It was a great hike although we didn't hike nearly as far as we wanted because we had stuff at home we needed to get done.
I love hiking. I especially like hiking when you find remnants of long-ago places out in the middle of the woods. It's a lot of fun thinking about the men who had blazed the CCC sites over 80 years ago. It is amazing how many of the structures are still standing and how even the ruins can tell a story.
My daughter and I talk a lot during our hikes. It was a little sad today though because she was talking about plans. There are a couple of races she wants to do including a bike race in Canada. Before she would always talk about what we are going to do, our plans. But today, she talked about what she was going to do. I'm glad that she feels confident in that she doesn't need to have a friend to give her the courage to do new and exciting things, but it is bittersweet when it is strikingly clear that those new and exciting things will not include me. But there are plenty of things that we can do together now and in the future. And hiking is one of those things. It allows us to talk and laugh about things we normally wouldn't talk or laugh about. Hiking has allowed me a glimpse into who that wonderful, beautiful creature really is.