“Have you thought of an ending?”
“Yes, several, and all are dark and unpleasant.”
“Oh, that won’t do! Books ought to have good endings. How would this do: and they all settled down and lived together happily ever after?”
“It will do well, if it ever came to that.”
“Ah! And where will they live? That’s what I often wonder.” 
― J.R.R. TolkienThe Fellowship of the Ring

The plan was to do a run at the Lunch Loops. Only 4 miles or so- my standard fare. But I couldn’t make it 1/4 mile before my body made it clear that the exertions of yesterday made it too much to expect two miles today.

So I stopped running.

Instead, I walked. And I thought to myself. I’m now counting down the days until this little project can be completed- wrapped up, and tied with a little bow as a 35th birthday present to myself. I feel that I’m coming to the end of a great adventure. It is both an ache and a thrill.

I took some pictures;

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I came up with some good ideas, and tried not to beat myself up too much.

Took a couple more pictures:

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While hiking down Pet, I found this cool rock:

 

 

 

Okay, IMG_2078Not a super good picture of it,  but it’s basically this perfectly round sphere embedded in a sandstone disk. I thought it was super cool and wished I could share it with someone! If only I knew someone who cared about cool rocks! I miss Wendy.

As I cranked the tuned and skipped (yes, like a school girl), back to the TH, I met a man in full-hiking-gear. I stopped him and handed over the rock. He was duly impressed! When he tried to hand it back, I said, “No no. I just wanted to share it with someone. Now I have. Thanks!” And I ran away.