The Journey and the GoalEvery time we set out, to hike, to climb, it seems we are focused exclusively on the goal – the peak, the mountain, the boulder, the summit, the lake – THE THING! And yes, I’m as guilty as anyone, maybe more so. But you know, as I think back over the past few years, the things which stick in my mind more than the “goals” happened along the way. I recollect a surprisingly beautiful vista while driving to the trailhead, morning light on the nearby trees, an elk cow running for cover, marmots playing on the summit, the high-pitched squeak of a pica, and the different flowers growing at different altitudes along the trail.
The more familiar I become with SP postings, the more I realize the same thing is often true for members besides myself. Look closely at the trip reports, for instance. Most of the authors spend more time talking about the events of the trip than they do about actually reaching “the thing.” Sure, each of us post lots of pictures taken on and of the summits or other goals, but interestingly enough, we “talk” about the trip.
I live in the Bitterroot Valley, just south of Missoula, Montana. There is an oft-heard saying by the residents, “Oh, it’s just another perfect day in paradise.” Of course, we’re referring to our lives here and how much we enjoy it. It’s hard to imagine one could find a better place to live, especially when you consider the climate, the scenery, plus having huge areas of wilderness and mountains right at our doorsteps. What a playground!
I think it could prove interesting to have an album dedicated to interesting happenings during your trip to our area’s natural wonders, no matter which is your goal. Let’s see if I’m right.
Please – add your images (with captions).