Yet, this is my life.
Several years ago I turned to nature as my life, seemingly turned from great to downright terrible. Love lost can hit a person hard. It always hits me harder for some reason. My saving grace was going out, seeking the beauty around me that I see everyday, the Cascades, Olympics, Mt. Rainier, Mt. Baker, Puget Sound, Lake Washington...etc. I called it my 'weekly medication,' as it seemed to work better than any anti-depressent could ever do. When I am on the trail my troubles leave me behind, if only for those moments that I am in nature.
I wanted to return to Kendall Katwalk, since this was one of those defining times that brought out the best in me during a depressed time in my life. Looking at my trail book; "The Best Hikes within 85 miles of Seattle, BEYOND MOUNT SI" and the date I was last here, it was almost 2 years to the day that I was here last. I am not sure if coincidental or just by fate but I wanted to go further than I have the previous time, past Alaska Lake. I wasn't sure how much further, but enough to set in my mind that I have become better, I have progressed further than I ever thought I could, and to seek the beauty that is just around that next corner, having faith that unseen beauty exists and it is present right in front of us if you choose to seek it.
I went further than I did previously, by several miles and the amazing beauty that I saw was far more than I ever thought I would see or imagine.
I found this quote about the same time in my life that I try to put into practice, even though it can get very difficult to do so...
"We are all capable of things we never believed, but first we need to believe..." Jesse Itzler.
|Joe Lake and Me!|
|My companion on my adventures.|
|Beautiful wildflowers everywhere!|
|Mt. Rainier looming large and blustery.|
|About to go over the Kendall Katwalk|
|The PCT in the beautiful forest.|
|Halfway across Kendall Katwalk to the right, beauty to the left.|
|Surreal alpine views and the PCT continues.|
|Ridge Lake is a beauty.|
|Reflection on Gravel Lake.|
|Above Alaska Lake.|
|Joe Lake with PCT half way up the mountain above Joe.|
Until next time my friends...