On Climbing Cardigan – April

I’m glad I own a Jeep.

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Winter has hung around a tad bit longer than seems fair up here in the Promised Land, so in a if-you-can’t-beat-’em-join-’em epiphany – with more snow falling and all the students off on a surprise adventure – I grabbed a friend and the Jeep and headed over to Cardigan.

The way up was more rut than road; we slid and shimmied our way to the gate, but such is the state of driving on dirt in northern New Hampshire this time of year.

A chance encounter in the mail room with my friend M was serendipitous. I haven’t had a hiking partner since December, so it was lovely to share all that snow and ice with a kindred spirit.

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The low cloud ceiling seemed to magnify rather than diminish range of view; M and I gazed across the endless expanse trying to identify distant peaks and ski slopes by their shapely silhouettes and cardinal points.

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Ice caked the fire tower and guy-lines, a frozen remembrance of the holocaust of rain that blew through a few days before.

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It would be so easy to grouse about this winter that won’t let go.

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It’s snowing. Again. 

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That wind.

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The cold.

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Instead, M and I discuss children, our own and own-by-proxy, marvel at ice tangles, take a summit selfie just to annoy The Princess, and generally solve all the world’s problems.

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It was so much better than grousing.

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When we let joy be our continual feast, make our life a prayer, give thanks in the midst of everything (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18) – we are able to see treasure in the what-is rather than fuss over the what-isn’t.

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I’m not saying I have this figured out yet.

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But today was close.

 

 

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Author: walkwithme413

Jesus-lover. Hiker. Mother. Friend.

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