Jul. 14, 2021

MAKE EVERY DAY---THE BEST ADVENTURE...EVER.

 

WE ARE A TEAM... WHERE-EVER WE GO.  CUBBY WALKS SLIGHTLY-AHEAD OF ME EXCEPT WHEN HE NEEDS A “SERIOUS” BATHROOM BREAK.  AT THAT TIME, HE RUNS AHEAD TO FIND JUST THE RIGHT SPOT FOR PRIVACY. ONCE HIS ‘BUSINESS’ IS OVER, HE’S “BACK IN POSITION” AGAIN.

EVERY DAY, CUBBY AND I CHOOSE A DIFFERENT TRAIL FROM THE DAY BEFORE BECAUSE…EACH TRAIL PRESENTS A DIFFERENT ADVENTURE.  ONE TRAIL MAY LOOK ORDINARY,  WELL-WORN, TAME, YET...JUST AROUND THE NEXT CURVE OR JUST BEYOND THAT DISTANT GROUP OF PINE TREES....WE MAY SUDDENLY FACE THE 'WILDNESS' OR---ANOTHER CHALLENGING CLIMB.

 TRY ADDING A LITTLE ADVENTURE TO YOUR LIFE.  LOOK FOR--AND FIND-- A TRAIL OR A COUNTRY ROAD, OR A PATH THROUGH THE WOODS--- AND START WALKING. IT’S ALWAYS MORE FUN WHEN YOU TAKE YOUR DOG…OR DOGS.  LEARN TO ENJOY A DAILY LOVE AFFAIR WITH NATURE WHILE YOU 'SEE THE WORLD'.

SOME DAYS...THE SPILLWAY TRAIL---OUR FAVORITE ADVENTURE---IS CALM BUT AFTER A HEAVY RAIN---THERE’S  LOTS OF ACTIVITY. NATURE IS CREATIVE SO WE ANTICIPATE SOMETHING INTERESTING TO WATCH--SEE--ENJOY--ON EACH VISIT.  THE SPILLWAY DAM AND IT"S CONSTANT STREAMS OF WATER--- CAN BE UNBELIEVABLY- BEAUTIFUL--EVEN WHEN IT'S ANGRY, A LITTLE LAZY, TRANQUIL, OR JUST--SLIGHTLY--AGITATED.

NO ONE IS MORE-FUN TO BE WITH, DAY AFTER DAY, ON ALL THE TRAILS, THAN MY BEST FRIEND--- CUBBY DOG. SINCE JOINING ME ALMOST ELEVEN YEARS AGO,  CUBBY BEAR HAS BEEN MY GUARDIAN ANGEL.  NO HUMAN COULD EVER PROVIDE THE ONGOING LOVE, LOYALTY, TRUST, AND SECURITY, I RECEIVE FROM CUBBY.  HIS UNEXPECTED APPEARANCE IN MY LIFE, THAT HOT AUGUST AFTERNOON IN 2011, WAS NO COINCIDENCE.  EVERY DAY, I THANK GOD FOR BIG DOG, CUBBY DOG.

FOR THE LAST THREE DAYS, ARKANSAS HAS EXPERIENCED HEAVY RAINS WITH FLOODING.  OUR DAILY HIKES HAVE LED US ACROSS MANY SMALL BRIDGES WITH TROUBLED WATERS....AND WE STAY FASCINATED WITH THE MANY WATERS WE WALK “THROUGH, OVER, AND AROUND” WHEN  WE VISIT THE SPILLWAY DAM AND ITS TRAILS.  SO FAR, WE’VE ONLY ENCOUNTERED ONE BLACK SNAKE--HEADED IN THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION.

I LOVE THE FACT "BIG DOG" AND I ARE USUALLY THE ONLY ONES WHO—ROUTINELY-- CHALLENGE THE COLD, THE HEAT, AND SOMETIMES-- QUESTIONABLE WEATHER-- TO HIKE THE TRAILS.  SEEMS MOST PEOPLE "OUR AGE" PREFER TO WALK WHEN CONDITIONS ARE PERFECT, MEANING---WARM WEATHER, SUNNY SKIES, NO WIND, AND DRY, LEVEL- WALKING TRAILS.

THINKING BACK--- I’M SURE THERE ARE VERY- FEW PEOPLE WHO WOULD HAVE ENJOYED MY LONG, CHALLENGING, DANGEROUS, AND COMPLICATED ‘HIKE—CLIMB--- WALK’ OF CHINA'S GREAT WALL.  THE NOVELTY WOULD HAVE WORN-OFF AFTER A FEW DAYS AND—WITHOUT FEELING “THE DREAM”---EACH DAY WOULD HAVE BEEN PURE HELL.  ON THE OTHER HAND—I TRULY- BELIEVE LIFE IS A ‘TRADE-OFF’.

 “THOSE OTHER PEOPLE” PROBABLY LIVE STRESS-FREE LIVES, ARE FINANCIALLY-SECURE, HAPPILY- SURROUNDED BY LOVING FAMILIES, AND, MOST-LIKELY, HAVE NO SERIOUS WORRIES.  

OVER THE YEARS--- I'VE OFTEN ASKED MYSELF: "SALLY, WOULD YOU BE WILLING TO EXCHANGE YOUR FIRST-EVER PHOTOS-- CLIFF-HANGING MOMENTS—HEART-STOPPING CHALLENGES---AND NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCES----FOR A PREDICTABLE, PROTECTED, AND “SAFE” LIFE?"

I’M QUITE FAMILIAR WITH THE QUESTION SO---I KNOW MY ANSWER WITHOUT THINKING ABOUT IT: "NO, NO, A HUNDRED-MILLION TIMES....NO."

SALLY

PS.  BEGIN YOUR ADVENTURE--TODAY-- BY TAKING A HIKE---OR A WALK....EVERY DAY.