Wednesday, July 3, 2013

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly....

   I am currently visiting my dear Mom in Estes Park Colorado, and thus am able to hike in the rocky mountains, as I did 2 years ago, and 4, and 6 years ago.  
     Four years ago I hiked with Ricki to Cub lake, which she enjoyed. TWO years ago I hiked by myself to cub lake,  and over the ridge to the "pool", a 6.3 mile hike.It was easier two years ago, even though the hike was longer.
    Today I again did this hike (as a warmer-up to more serious hiking), and was pleased to note that I was able to do the hike with almost no breathlessness, and with relative ease. Losing weight has helped. That is the good.
   The "Bad and the Ugly" is that nearly all of the path between Cub lake and the pool was burnt to a crisp by the forest fire there last fall.
[image: burnt forest]
It looked like a scene from an "end of the world" movie screen stage. This picture (courtesy of my brother) shows a miniscule area of the acres and acres of damage. Trees which took tens of years to grow, lost in brief minutes. A terrible reminder that it is much easier to destroy something than to build it.

  Let us all build something good with our lives today.


Cindy said...

This was a post with a lot of variety! Congratulations on the ease of the hike! That picture, however is heartbreaking. Thank you for the reminder to build and not destroy.

Batya said...

It's good that you're in shape and keeping the weight off. Fires are awful.