By Renee Aldrich: Originally posted on 11/4/2016 on womenbewild.com
In Fall 2016, I headed to the Santa Rosa Range, north of Winnemucca, NV, to check out the fall colors. The trees were turning, but I was a bit early for the brightest of the fall leaf show. I decided while I was there I'd hike up Granite Peak. It's the highest peak in the Santa Rosa Range, but is a relatively short hike, as a road goes most of the way up.
As I hiked up the mountain, I took in the scenery, the fall colors, and the vast, wide open expanse that is Nevada. At the top of the mountain it was windy and a bit chilly. I ate a snack and enjoyed the 360 degree view and headed back down.
On the way down, I got a little rock stuck in my shoe. I sat myself down on the steep, scree slope to remove the unpleasant intruder. I took off my shoe, shook my boot and a little pebble, smaller than a pea, rolled out. I put my shoe back on and got ready to go on my way. As I started to stand, I realized how pleasant I felt. How comfortable I was right here in this place. So I stayed. I stayed seated right in that spot and savored the nice warm sun on my shoulders.
It was a wonderful experience. It was a bit chilly, but the sun on my shoulders provided the perfect amount of warmth. Sitting there, on the side of Granite Peak, I noticed I was perfectly content, not hungry nor overly full; not thirsty nor needing to pee; and my seat was quite comfortable--not one single sharp rock poking at my gluteus maximus. As I was enjoying the moment, I realized if nothing changed, I could sit here forever. I could be completely content to sit here forever if it all just stayed the same.
Unfortunately of course, things change. They always do. I would eventually have to move. The day would turn into night, I'd get cold, I would become hungry and thirsty and, well, at some point I would have to get up and pee. But in this moment I took the time to sit and enjoy this perfect, peaceful space I found myself in.
When you're out in the wild remember to take some time to sit and enjoy the space you're in. Appreciate the perfect moments. It's so easy to forget to take that time, we get caught up in reaching the summit or reaching our destination without fully appreciating the journey that gets us there. Often the journey is hard, you ache, you strain, you're uncomfortable, but when the perfect moments arise, take the time to enjoy!
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