So Near.... Yet........
Well, I'm now about four weeks post back surgery, and quite frankly I'm going a bit stir crazy. For someone who's always been active, the lack of mobility and inability to perform some of the simplest of tasks has been most frustrating. I never thought that putting on socks, and then shoes, would be an accomplishment. Activity wise, I've been limited to a few daily walks totaling an hour or so. No big deal other than it's a pittance for one used to covering miles, many of them.
In the past month, I've spent enough time on ice to prepare for the next life. That is, assuming that I'll be reincarnated as a gutted fish destined for the supermarket cold case. I guess that it will just take time.
I think back to a line from an old Tom Selleck movie (The High Road to China). In it he asked a wise old oriental man for some sage advice. The advice was......
"The oxen are slow, but the earth is patient."
Can't argue with that.
I'll end with this quote from Horns in the High Country by Andy Russell (On being your own pack horse).
"It is thus that a man can reacquaint himself with old familiar ground and relive the satisfaction of traveling along the rugged flanks of the shining mountains far from the ant heaps of noise and dirt we humans call civilization."
I've always been a hiker, backpacker, foot hunter. Few things in life bring me the pleasure of achieving some high vantage and reclining to take in the view. The mountains and the peak from which the photo was taken, are clearly visible from my home. It is so near, and yet so far. My advice to all: get out there while you are physically able.
Travel fast and light my friends.