Each Step Is a Journey
Today we are in Chama, New Mexico! Last night we enjoyed a nice little hotel room. We technically have a few more miles of Colorado to hike when we hitch back up to Cumbres Pass. It feels good to be finishing up with Colorado and starting our journey into New Mexico. New Mexico is a world in and of itself. It has a whole different feel from the rest of the trail. I look forward to days filled with more sunshine, and the beauty of the desert.
From here the rest of the trail will fly by in the blink of an eye! We have probably a little less than a month to go. The hiking in New Mexico over all is easier than what we have been experiencing, and so we will be able to do some more miles each day. It looks like we might still have a couple days of rain, but hopefully the weather will make a shift in the direction of sunshine to dry us out after the Colorado experience.
Now it is time for us to go re-supply, and grab lunch before we hitch back up to the pass. As we move into the fall months I reflect on all that I have experienced this summer, and I hope all of you have fully enjoyed your summer in what ever way brings you most joy!
Watching the Miles go by
Greetings from Salida Colorado! I know it has been a while since the last update. It feels like months in some ways! There is just so much to share about all that has been going on, and simply not the time to share it. We have been blessed with stunning views, amazing wildlife spottings and interactions, and of course the never ending personal discovery journey.
I am going to be honest here. Colorado has been a grand challenge for me up to this point. I have wanted to give up several times since we have been making our way across this beautiful state. Why? Well for a few reasons. First the physical nature of this state has been pushing my body to its limits at times. Often climbing anywhere from 3,000 to 7,000 feet in elevation gain each day. Whew! Second, the thunder storms. We have had a minimum of one thunderstorm if not two to three come over or near us every day (except the first two days in the state). Now I love watching and hearing thunderstorms from a distance, but when they are over or near you, and you happen to be on an exposed ridge top....... not so much fun. But it has been an expereince that is helping me to push past my fears more and more, and to accept the rawness of mother nature.
It's an Art
So am I still wanting to give up? No. As of yesterday a grand peace came over me once again about being on the trail, and it was inspired by a conversation that Bernie and I were having. We were talking about how the greatest of atheletes never have to Try at what they are doing, because they make every moment an Art. What ever sport each of them chooses to immerse themselves in, they take their deep soul passion and express it through each moment of thier sport. I realized I wasn't being an artist in my hike any longer, and that was why I was suffering. I know there will be plenty of challenges ahead for me, but now I remember that I can make each step that I take an Art. I am the creator of my own masterpiece, and I am going to make this an amazing one!
I look forward to sharing so much more about our hike later, when I have more time. I wanted to say how much I am enjoying the interactions and conversations with the people we meet along our journey. I look forward to getting to know each of you better with time!
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