On the way back from this hike, I started thinking about how this hike is my life in a nutshell.
After the video, I'll explain....
How is that like my life?
I started this hike, walking past numerous signs telling me I shouldn't be there. That's not rare around here, but there seemed to be more signs here than usual, both physical signs and perceived signs.
In my, almost, 42 years, I have been lots of places I shouldn't have been. Sometimes there were HEY DUMMY, GET OUT kind of signs, and other times I just knew I shouldn't have been there. Signs are signs.
I got about 3/4 of the way in and this was the scene below. A couple of huge trees had fallen over the path. I was able to get over one, but the next one was too high to climb over and too low to get under. The hike was seemingly over. Too steep to go up or down. Ropes that had been laid by previous hikers were under the fallen trees, telling me this was, indeed, the path, and it was no more.
In my life, there have been obstacles. Some seemingly overwhelming, and unable to cross. In my younger years I might have turned around, angry that my way wasn't the right way, and went home.
A good thing to keep in mind when seeking waterfalls....Follow the stream and you'll usually find one....it might take a minute or several, but where there's water, there's usually a waterfall.
And that sums up life today. Many obstacles, sometimes in the form of things, people and/or opinions trying to throw you off your path, but there's always a way. Giving up is the only sure-fire way to failure.
Not a huge flow of water, but amazing in itself. Beauty!
FMF (Fat-Man-Factor)(FMF is a difficulty scale from 1-10, from an out of shape, fat, white guy's point of view): 2 This hike would be 1 if not for the fallen trees all over the place. If you caught it in the video, I watched and heard one fall very close to me. Another reason I do not do headphones on hikes. You really, not only should be, but NEED to be in tune with what is going on around you.
As always, be safe and know your abilities before hiking anywhere. Peace!