August 19, 2018, Prescott-
“You’ve lost your shimmer!”- So I was told, this morning.
Before sitting down for the last four posts of “The 2018 Road”, let me indulge with some reflections on yesterday. August 18 has been an auspicious day, since 1984, when my then best friend passed on, suddenly, in the midst of getting his truck unstuck-of all things.
I joined a newly welcomed friend, on a hike around Lynx Lake. We walked at a leisurely pace, from the north trailhead to the south side of the lake. As it was rather sunny when we got to the small south side beach, I suggested that we continue, counterclockwise, along the more rocky eastern shore.
In all my circumference hikes along the lake, the last being in 2016, the trail has been dry as a bone. It was not so, today, with three water crossings along the east side-hardly surprising in a monsoon that has been second to none, as Lynx Creek and Salida Creek flow into the lake, from the east and the dam’s spillway has a few inches of water flowing.
So, we each had a new experience, she with the lake itself and I with the different dynamics of the trail, in wet conditions. Then, there was a spot where the trail was washed out and I had to follow a bushwhacked area, much to the chagrin of the five people who were “depending on (my) knowledge of the trail.” All made it back to the north side safely, though.
In the course of this hike, a long conversation ensued, about who I was and where I was headed in life, as well as the same, to a lesser extent, with respect to my hiking partner. Most of this is confidential, but I will share a couple of insights she had about me, which explains the remark at the head of this post.
The things I can share are: 1. I would do well to get out more, socially. 2. I need to be open to possible sudden, drastic, very specific life changes. These remarks, she said just by looking at me. The second has occurred to me recently, given the precarious state of my MIL’s health, and despite her (MIL’s) occasional insistence that she will make it to the age of 100, (she is 92), and to my son and his fiance talking of marriage, within the next ten months (No further specifics yet, so please don’t ask). As for the former, I am getting out more, socially. Intuition is a marvelous thing, though, as I’ve found out, some of it puts one at risk of, “Well, duh!”, in response. No one really likes to be second-guessed.