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Blog remix! (Insta deleted some posts.) “After the Goldrush” My breathing found the mountain rhythm, and I let my cares go. A week-and-a-half away from the unexpected turmoil my leaving of Texas had created. The Tioga trail is nestled a couple miles westward of the continental divide. It was height of summer and temperate beauty. Tourists & amateur hikers flock to the best morning trails. Mosquito swarms had followed suit. Being alone in nature is the truest of all holy rituals. I wanted to hike unencumbered, spirited away from fellow hikers, pairs of probing human eyes. (Joshovaswitness.com)
The solo wanderer's mantle is one I needed to carry that day. One that has followed me since. How is it in the subtle pursuits of adjacent tasks, we often get exactly what we asked for?
I felt free, calm, inspired. I took my Canon & leapt in ecstasy. Snapped frames of blue dream & mountain haze- a photo to the cover of my first book. I meditated, soaking in a sunlit gratitude, enjoying the call of Jays beside my yogic form.
And as we often do in states of bliss, I felt the time was NOW to move forward. True to nature I chose the complicated hike that found me lost and turned every which way round. Stuck for hours somewhere in a long loop of the Rocky Mountain wilderness. Colorado keeps calling me back, an unintended disciple. The lessons becoming easier as I let myself be broken by each teaching.
Cell service had not worked for days. The trail map made no sense. Summer rain began falling and the sky grew darker. I had two hours of daylight left. I sought refuge within a clearing and canopy of aspen groves. “Aspens, god, Steve Jobs- can you please lead me out of here?” It’s funny the ones we cry out to when we need saving.
There may be no atheists in the foxholes, but I’ve come to believe that everything is connected. A pantheist in panic is either delusional or on to something. I’m still out to find that answer. .
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