Pet-e-kes lunch loop

Pet-e-kes, Up and Back

Isn’t it interesting how things can change in such a short period of time? When I was in my youth, a teacher once suggested that the most important work in the English language was “remember”- because if we can remember it means we have lived….or something like that.

I don’t believe I agree with that point. I think there are two equally powerful words- equal to each other, and way more “important” than the aforementioned word. Yes and No. Because, you see, either one of these words, simple as they are, can change your life. And we’re not talking about a little slide of direction, if you say “yes” you are going to go in the opposite direction from “no”. For example, when my husband proposed marriage to me, I actually took a minute to think about  it. I said in my mind, “If you say ‘yes’ then you will be true to your word and go through with it, all the way. If you say no, it will probably end this relationship right here.” And a yes or no at that juncture would have completely altered my reality, one way or the other.

I’m not even sure if I’m being clear here.

Well, today I said “YES!” to a quick trail run at the Lunch Loop. It was before noon when I headed out, and the trail was still pretty frozen. I headed up Pet with the intention to do this one trail as an out-and-back. By the time I got to the top the trail was starting to get soggy. Now this was a very short time, right? We’re talking something like 15 minutes. By the time I was headed back down there was a slippery sheen on the ice and mud was forming. This is a real problem if you’re on a bike, but by foot I could be very precise in my placement. If I was careful. And you know me- I’m always careful.

But I was also fast. I love running downhill. Especially when it’s not just a technical trail, but conditions have made it even more challenging. Oh, it was so much fun! Fast, precarious, dangerous fun!

And if you think I was in too big of a hurry to stop and take pictures, you’re absolutely correct. I’ll see if I can find a picture I already have…

Looking back down Pet-e-kes from about 1/3 of the way up. This was taken Fall of 2012
Looking back down Pet-e-kes from about 1/3 of the way up. This was taken Fall of 2012