Photo by David Longley
When I was young, I wanted to do a major thru-hike. Things just kept getting in the way of my life over the years. I will never live to do it now. My old knees ache fiercely after one day's up and down a mountain. The A.T. or the Pacific Crest are just too far for my reach and age. So have I failed to achieve my ambition? You could say so.
But what I really wanted when I was young - I see it now - was to live my life among mountains. There are particular mountains, and people on them, whom I love, and on any given day, I am free and able to walk up and down to visit them. My house stands on a mountain, and every day I breathe, I see the morning rise and the evening fall to either side of it. I find my peace in that. To say that is enough is an understatement.
Still, I never got around to that thru-hike. It doesn't keep me awake at night, but I didn't. There are a lot of things I never did. I remain grateful for the ones accomplished.