Matt Janson at Hiking No Thoroughfare Canyon Colorado National Monument first waterfall

No Thoroughfare in a Thunderstorm

“Unending Love

I seem to have loved you in numberless forms, numberless times…
In life after life, in age after age, forever.
My spellbound heart has made and remade the necklace of songs,
That you take as a gift, wear round your neck in your many forms,
In life after life, in age after age, forever.

Whenever I hear old chronicles of love, it’s age old pain,
It’s ancient tale of being apart or together.
As I stare on and on into the past, in the end you emerge,
Clad in the light of a pole-star, piercing the darkness of time.
You become an image of what is remembered forever.

You and I have floated here on the stream that brings from the fount.
At the heart of time, love of one for another.
We have played along side millions of lovers,
Shared in the same shy sweetness of meeting,
the distressful tears of farewell,
Old love but in shapes that renew and renew forever.

Today it is heaped at your feet, it has found its end in you
The love of all man’s days both past and forever:
Universal joy, universal sorrow, universal life.
The memories of all loves merging with this one love of ours –
And the songs of every poet past and forever.”
Rabindranath Tagore, Selected Poems

I insisted we get out today.

Last time we didn’t have the kiddos we spent the weekend at home working on the house. And the next week I was SUPER stressed out. I had to tell Matt again that trail/adventure time is how I relax. I couldn’t spend the day working. I’d already worked 6 days in a row. I needed a day off and I needed trail time.

He, being the most amazing loving man ever, obliged me a hike up No Thoroughfare today. It was crazy awesome.

The water was high and there was bright green mermaid hair growing in the lower canyon. We watched a frog swim in the first pool.

We hiked up, beyond the first waterfall and enjoyed a snack of peanut butter and jam sandwiches [we made the jam ourselves], then hiked down as a storm blew in.

By the time we were 50 feet past the waterfall on our way down we were being pummeled by hail.

The thunder was intimidating, and soon turned into massively huge water droplets. That didn’t stop us from a bit of exploring…

We ended up soaked, but happy.

I know you, dear reader, are probably so tired of hearing of how much we love each other….but we just can’t help it! We’ve waited our whole lives to find what we have and we wish this feeling on every single person in the world!