We are entering the final days of fundraising and we are almost there! Held a little fundraiser at work and just made that deposit!! Thanks to everyone that participated! People ask me why I'm doing this, and why through a fundraiser instead of just hiring a guide service? I don't think that I really knew why until last week up at Paradise. After the initial trudge up snowy, relatively low gradient for maybe 45 minutes, we took a break. I was feeling the hike at that point. When we started up again, it was much more steep. As I looked around, it seemed like the landscape got bigger and bigger. It began to take on that "painting" feel. As we neared the day's destination I felt like I could keep going right to the top (or at least up to Camp Muir). Now I know that I am not ready for that, but this feeling of truly being alive yet to be so small in such a massive landscape was really eye opening. On the way down I began to remember the people that I've known that are gone, some from lung disease and some from other forms of cancer. I remembered Peter, who was the most meticulous construction inspector that I ever knew. Owen was the brightest star I'ver ever seen even though he had to be going through the darkest of days. Both of these men simply went home from work one day and didn't go back. I remembered Uncle Larry, who used to let me raid his pastry delivery truck back in the day. And I remembered the one person that chose to be a father, for better or worse, to me when I was a kid. Rob, my Dad, didn't get to see me after he went into the hospital. I heard that he regretted that. He will never know that I do as well. That day at 7,500 feet on Mt. Rainier, I counted my blessings and the many reasons that I am doing this, this way.
Pebble Creek Training Hike
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