By Renee Aldrich: Originally posted on womenbewild.com on 11/4/16
A couple of weeks ago 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 the hike is relatively short, as a road goes most of the way up.
I hiked up the mountain enjoying the views, seeing the fall color and the vast, wide open space that is Nevada. At the top it was windy and a bit chilly. I ate a snack and enjoyed the 360 degree views and headed back down.
On the way down, I got a little rock stuck in my shoe. I sat myself down on the steep slope of the mountain to remove said rock. I took off my shoe, shook my boot and the little pebble 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 and now. So I stayed. I stayed seated right in that spot and I felt the nice warm sun on my shoulders.
It was wonderful. It was a bit chilly out but the sun on my shoulders provided the perfect amount of warmth. Sitting there, on the side of the mountain, 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. As I was enjoying the moment, I realized if nothing changed, I could sit here forever. I could be completely happy if it all just stayed the same. Unfortunately things change. They always do. I would eventually have to move. The day would turn to night and get cold, I would become hungry and thirsty and eventually I would have to get up and pee. But in this moment I took the time to sit and enjoy this perfect, peaceful, gratifying space I found myself in.
When you're out in the wild remember to take some time to sit and let the elements 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 those perfect moments creep in, take the time to enjoy them!
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