Are you living your life in a way that is worth telling stories about? ~ Mark Batterson
The Organs are not as high as the Rockies. But they’re every bit as beautiful and great training ground for someone getting ready to go on their first 15-mile desert hike.
Someone like me.
I was set to march with hundreds of others in the Bataan Memorial Death March and I intended to finish and finish well. So, for the first time,I hiked the Baylor Canyon Trail.
But not by myself. A friend and personal fitness trainer, Liz Roelant, led the way. Liz completed the Memorial Death March twice ~ one time walking, the other time running!
Enjoyed reading this “welcome” sign. Made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
The next time someone asks how a place called “desert” can be considered beautiful, I’ll show them these images.
The 3-mile high view knocked me out.
Lunchtime came. The JFC (Japanese Fried Chicken) and seasoned rice balls I had prepared survived the trip intact.
Then a swarm of flies gathered and began to attack. I ate as fast as I could while waving my arms every which way and got out of there.
OK, now I know why people usually take power bars or trail mix on these hikes. (No fried chicken on future hikes!)
On the way back down, I observed the hiker tradition of adding a marker to the trail ~ to help guide the next one passing this way.
This was, at the time, my only mountain hike of any significant distance ever.
Was it hard?
No. Because I was prepared, having outfitted myself with the right equipment and clothing, exercising regularly in the days leading up the hike. Plus I had a good guide who was great fun to be with. We hit the trailhead talking and never stopped!
What dream of yours seems difficult to bring about? Could it be it only seems “impossible” or “difficult” because it requires learning something new? Could you find someone who has already been successful to help you?
No one accomplishes anything of real or lasting value alone.
What story could you see yourself living with just a “little more” info or training?