Before I relate the story of this month’s hike, I must begin with a cautionary tale:
Ladies, you must not trust a Handsome Stranger. He will break your heart. You will recall the Handsome Stranger we met on our October hike. He agreed to be ours forever and swore he’d be true, but then…. anonymous sources in the surveillance world sent me graphic proof Mr. Handsome’s infidelity:
Anyway, with our broken hearts mended, we set out from Lavender on a blustery November morning. For various reasons, we were a small, group, only nine hikers. We felt ourselves to be quite exclusive, and someone mentioned that perhaps we were the “President’s Circle” of elite hikers. Sadly, this went to the heads of a few of the ladies and they became quite snooty and uppity about their privileged status.
It was a mild day, but windy, and the ground was covered with snow from last week’s big dump. It was rapidly turning to muddy slush. This made the footing slippery and challenging.
Which led me to wonder: Why would a group of intelligent, supposedly sane ladies, venture out for a whole day in such such conditions? I shall attempt to provide a thoughtful, philosophical answer this question:
The Ten Reasons Why Sane People Should Hike in Late November:
10. There’s a good chance you will meet a rock star along the trail!
9. The damp air plumps up the complexion!
8. If beavers do it, then it is a Canadian thing to do and we should too!
7. It will make you feel like you are on top of the world:
6. You can experience firsthand what it is like to have very short legs:
5. Everything tastes better outdoors
4. All your best friends will be there:
3. You can pretend that you are exploring the Arctic and are about the discover the NorthEast Pole!
2. You will be with people who are just as crazy as you are:
1. You will experience moments of great and unexpected beauty:
So that is why we venture out on a day that might not have obvious appeal. We come away enriched in soul and body, more connected to each other and to the eternal powers that shape our world and ourselves.
See you in January!
P.S. There was more than one short-legged hiker on the trail today!