I am noted for my opinion of a wealthy or famous person doing crazy things. I remember a Race Car driver who was killed in his private Helicopter. Then John Denver losing his life in an experimental plane.
Since it seems more private planes go down than commercial, I wonder what is the compulsion for a private plane. John Kennedy Jr, comes to mind. I could go on but I think of someone who seemingly has everything going for them, taking a chance with their lives when not necessary.
I will say here that up until now I have saw no real life threatening danger in what I was doing. It was sorta fun and you met some great folk who were of like mind.
My mind (and I am thinking most hikers) works (or worked) 50 ft. ahead on the trail. Giving you time to move and still enjoy the surroundings and wild life. I allowed my mind to pick my steps, i.e. Mind talking: “Take rock 1, not rock 2 it looks loose, so go to rock 3, then hold to the small tree and jump the 3 feet.” All that was in a split second.
Now my mind tells me that, and I stop, and say, “You sure?” The stop removes the momentum and breaks the concentration. What I discovered was, I was looking constantly at the trail immediately in front of me(I felt I had to, and I did) . I could not enjoy the scenery because I was constantly making conscience decisions one at a time, not 3 –5 problems ahead.
What I never gave a thought to, now I was thinking, losing your balance here could be fatal, and it could.
I noticed I tripped more over small rocks and roots, not enough to go down, but enough to let me know, this normally does not happen.
I was talking to a hiker on the trail, ‘The Survival Man’, when suddenly a tree gave way and I started off the Mt. Quickly he held his walking stick down to me, I grabbed it and he pulled my back on the trail. That would not have happened a couple years ago.
I will mention more tomorrow, but suffice here to say, I now have many reasons NOT to hike. And my health is tops on that list.
Thanks for coming this way.
I took several breaks on this hike, the pictures above are my views as I LAY there.