“Happiness doesn’t lie in conspicuous consumption and the relentless amassing of useless crap. Happiness lies in the person sitting beside you and your ability to talk to them. Happiness is clear-headed human interaction and empathy. Happiness is home. And home is not a house-home is a mythological conceit. It is a state of mind. A place of communion and unconditional love. It is where, when you cross its threshold, you finally feel at peace.” 
― Dennis Lehane

I’m sick. Too many late nights. And it only takes one.

I had another important meeting this morning. It went well. Then did some more business. Spent my sickly afternoon working, working. I’m ready for a break but I can’t see it happening yet.

When Dennis got home, early, from work I was a helpless blob on the couch, still ticking out emails, trying to find that sense of accomplishment, like I had, you know, accomplished something today.  I wasn’t sure I’d be up for a trail at all.

But, I was determined! I changed out of my pajamas. Put on my thermals. And we went for a hike. We went out the front door of our house, up the street, and hooked onto the strip of singletrack that connects down to the park. We crossed Ridge Circle and walked the path that runs most of the way around Shadow Lake (to be honest, it’s really more of a pond).

Hence, we discovered a trail that climbs up the hill, crossed another road, and found this beautiful 1/4 mile stretch of trail that winds it’s way up, up and up, until it reaches the ridge looking down on Monument Road and the Lunch Loop TH. I was busy looking over the edge, trying to figure out how you could ride down the drop-off to the bouldering area…then across the road….hmm…..When Dennis says, “Hey. I found a cairn.”

I turn around and there in the darkness looms this man-height pile of rocks. I was immediately reminded of The Alter  on Timpanogos Bench. Though that Alter of stone takes far more caloric commitment to achieve. And this one was way cooler.


We didn’t muse long, but turned and headed home. It’s funny- I can’t seem to experience a trail hiking without thinking “How fun would this be to run? Or bike?” Love it.