The walk back from Snow Lake
My husband is an avid driving fan. While other parents might dread their teenager starting to drive, he looked forward to it. Beyond the regular driver's ed, he signed her up for Driver's Skills Day where they intentionally have you spin out your car so you can learn how to recover it. Riding with him is always sprinkled with tips about how to be a better, more aware driver. One that I often hear is the phrase "eyes up" which means to pay more attention to the car or feature in the road more in the distance than the one right in front of you. I never quite got this concept in practice until our recent hike up to Snow Lake.
The trail starts off easy enough, climbing from the parking lot to a relatively straight and flat path through the cooling cover of evergreens. The first sign that things are changing is the collection of people resting among the rocks of a long since passed rock slide. As the series of switchbacks climb up to the ridge, we spend most of the rest of the hike up in silence as we traverse the rocky trail that we are sharing with hundreds of other hikers. At the top, the view is worth every step, yet we are aware of all the things that might have invited us to turn around instead of reaching it.
Thank you to all who shared your heart opening stories in the comments for the previous blog entry. I'd love to hear what you notice when you lift your eyes up from your daily tasks to see all the support and beauty that is around you.