High Points

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Saturday, April 26, 2008

     Well I am writing this the morning after sleeping in a BED!! not listening to the rain, and this place even has a sauna, *sniff,sniff*. So with coffee by my side, I will cover some of the high points. Mostly I think I will ramble on as usual.
      In the four days hiking so far, I have learned that my mental state is the key. I just have to stay within myself each step and this journey not only seems possible but almost like a no-brainer. Right about there is when the wheels fall off. If I start thinking "down-the-trail" or just how good I am "going to do", it gets ugly fast. So I stay in each step as best I can. I wonder if that would be easier without thinking about the 57 lb. pack on my back. That is the weight according to Greyhound, which charged me an additional $25 for that info, by the way.
      The weather is trying to take over my thoughts constantly with it's dark clouds and grumbling and spitting. It really isn't too bad but the potential is great. I swear I feel about as exposed here at 900 FLAT feet as I do at 10 or 11K. Honestly, I have been blessed with very little hiking rain mostly having to sleep thru and dry out from my weather experience. The land here is the wettest I have experienced without swimming. It is saturated, with no where left to drain. The agricultural communities here are in desperate need to get planting and the ground can't support a lawnmower much less a tractor. Heck even if you could get a hovercraft or plane the seed would likely flow away next rain. 
     Now that the tough stuff is done, onto the bright spots. Firstly, the folks I have met are interesting and friendly as well as helpful. I watched a high school baseball game in Clinton the night before starting and the lady from the concession stand brought me a pretzel after she had closed, telling me she was happy for me and wishing me a safe journey. I met Buster Adams, an octogenarian bike rider, on the trail. We talked for a about 15 minutes before becoming lifelong friends. A few folks had to stop and chat at the campsite in Windsor and all were kind and curious. Burf's Grille in Green Ridge is a MUST. Good food and great folks, it provided a sheltered place to hang out of the weather without any pressure to buy anymore than I intended. Here in Sedalia I have been to the Ivy Cottage Tea Room and the hotel only, but both are highly recommended by me. The Tea room has great food and is just two blocks down from the hotel.
     I think I can get some photos loaded here. If so you will see the actual high point on the trail, 955 feet. Not a daunting number for a high point, but depending on where a person is standing, it just might be OK. I have three longish, isolated days ahead of me and some weather for sure. I don't mind being a bit afraid thinking ahead about these things though. You see I have found a mental ladder for use on the trail, which can help me climb from any low point. Each rung on this ladder is the memory of people and places I have loved. So far I haven't needed every rung available on this ladder, but there seem to be so many available to me. And the best part is that every time I climb out of a low spot with this ladder I find my self in another high spot. Blessings of Peace and Harmony to all.

OK, no photos again. I guess this will be more difficult than I thought on a public use computer.
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dadandmar
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From the Ladder
Hope you are counting on us to be holding on to the ladder and propping you up with love and good wishes.I once walked a labyrinth surrounded by candles and found myself naming the candles for people. We just put on a Groundnut Stew for tonight: chicken, tomatoes, pnut butter, okra, etc. Meal is from Ghana.Loving reading your blog!Stay dry! As well as you can.

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