At least in this case when one is out trekking on a hiking trail … in going down on said trail that one must go up in order to get back to the vehicle one has driven in. There is no other way unless one has wings.
In packing up our gear at the Eternal Flame site, we carefully looked around to make sure nothing was left behind. Hubby and I then attached ourselves to backpack, camera bag, and tripod bag. Once that was done, we headed on back.
Distance wise it was not a long hike, but altitude wise it most certainly was! Once we began to climb out of the Eternal Flame ravine, we never stopped going up.
Turning a corner as we finished climbing out of the ravine itself and preparing ourselves for the intense incline to come, my eyes just about fell out of my head! How did I miss what I was just now seeing? OH. MY. GOD.
My eyes had been completely focused at my feet for me to stay upright on the way down. Concentration being so absolutely complete I knew there was a spectacular view around me but I did not have the luxury to shift my gaze from my feet. So in hiking down that trail into the ravine I honestly was unaware of what was totally around me.
Which got me thinking. How much in Life do all of us miss when we are focused or concentrating on something? My answer. A lot.
Grabbing my camera I began to take shots of what I can only explain as an Alice in Wonderland experience. Due to erosion, the roots of the trees on that steep hill showed themselves in such a way that the surroundings did not even look real.
You tell me. Below are the shots I took with my mouth hanging wide open, that mouth saying over and over again WOW, and my eyes truly not believing what I was even seeing.
Now you can really see what my husband and I chose to experience, packed like mules all to get to the Eternal Flame. How many of you would be willing to do what we did? And oh, for all of those who expressed concern about my fall, I AM OKAY! No bruises, no sprains, no breaks. I did experience an inflammation in my chest probably due to getting totally wet and chilled. I felt so ill a few days last week that I really thought I would have to be seen in an ER. Bless my husband who came to the rescue with a combination of Homeopathy Remedies, which assisted my body to heal.
So all in all, this story ends well. Yes I achieved a milestone by going to the Eternal Flame but will I go again? The answer is no. This hike really was rough going. The good news is I am still alive and well.
I hope you enjoyed this series. I will be putting this series when I have time at the top of my main menu so that at anytime you can look at the pictures again and read my story.
Thank you for coming along with my husband and I on this adventure!
Photography/ “What Comes Down Must Go Up” 2016©AmyRose
*I am now finished with my 13th garden out of eighteen total. Taking a break today I am going for my 5.5 mile walk on PAVED roads, not on trails. I thank you for your support of my work during this very intense time of my Life and as soon as the dust settles I’ll get back into my blogging routine as best as possible. That is if WP decides to fix the bug in the system that is clogging my phone, my main efficient and fast access to your blog. Anyone else having issues with their phone in the “notification likes” section or is it just me?”*