So. I have a new, terrible, office-bound job. Stuck inside four walls, artificial lighting, low pay, and crappy chairs. It's now 100,000,000 more important to me to go hiking and spend time outdoors whenever I can. Since I've got to work to pay the bills, and can't spend 8 hours a day outside, I've got to use my time wisely and go do what I really love whenever I have a free moment.
I packed up a bit of my stuff and planned for a trip from Friday-Tuesday. One by one, most of my friends bailed on me and Greg and the dogs. They didn't bail on us earlier in the week, like Tuesday, or even the night before (Thursday). You know, when it would be polite to bail on people...They bailed on Friday, a day I had planned on us ALREADY being in the middle of the wilderness, scratching poison ivy, eating crappy trail food, enjoying some of the most amazing parts of the American Southwest.
|El Morro National Monument, New Mexico.|
My husband doesn't like it when I hike alone, but considering everyone I know out here just doesn't want to do the outdoor stuff I want to do, I'm getting fed up. I don't have anything in common with any of my friends and it prevents me from going out and doing the things I want to do, especially when what I want to do (hike/camp) gets infringed on by other people bailing on me....
|I have more in common with the people from 1850's that wrote their names into El Morro.|
I tried to encourage my husband (and my tired dogs) to keep the adventure going. But with all that's gone (and still going) wrong this weekend, I feel totally defeated. All I want to do is be outdoors, it's pretty much all I think about these days. Not stuck at home, surrounding by things, useless hobbies, video games or TV to fill that void I could be hiking, climbing, walking, shooting (photography), resting, breathing, LIVING out in the wilderness.
I've seen the beauty in the world, and I want to keep seeing it. And I'm getting rather crank-a-potamus about it, so I'm going to stop myself now and leave you with this photo and a bit of wisdom. I can only think of a very small handful of things in this world GREATER than witnessing beauty like this in the world. If you ever want to gain a couple hundred feet in elevation, get pretty bad sunburn, and be in total, speechless awe, we should be friends.
|The top of El Morro National Monument, New Mexico.|
"count" -so let's hope I'm not so cranky tomorrow and can actually write about just how cool El Morro and El Malpais in New Mexico are!
|I'm on top of El Morro, and you are not.|