Thank you to a good spiritual friend for coining the term merit walk.
The last time Grant and I were here was in late fall 2012 – between big events. Grant was waiting for his hip replacement surgery, and I was recovering from radiation treatments. What a pair – it took us both considerably more than the forty minutes it took today to get to this viewpoint.
Grant was a generous hiker. He loved to push it and do heavy duty climbs on his own, but when we hiked together we were a team. It was always more about the process of walking in the wilderness together, not about bagging a peak, or making a summit. We did do some pretty amazing hikes – both many day back packs and great day walks. But the best part, regardless of where and when was getting to a spot, sitting down and we’d talk. Or not. But he’d always lean over, pat my back and say: “I like doing this with you, boy.”
So – I walked to this viewpoint today and talked to him. I still seem to like doing this.
A bit lower on the Skagit River, the spring flowers were exploding all over the place.
This little gem…
On the drive home I saw this youngster chomping on grass.
This is where the trail with the viewpoint eventually ends up. Grant took this picture his last hike up here.
This post is dedicated to all the mothers who are missing someone they love.