Thursday, 21 July 2011

Making My Way Home - Part 5 of Canyon Diary

 I must apologise to those who are following the Canyon trail and have had to wait almost a week for part 5, I have had some technical problems - but I am happy to be back: "Faster than a speeding bullet, More powerful  than a locomotive, Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, Look, up in the sky!
So starting the fifth day, like each day is cold and slow going. But we have our morning rituals and each member moves around breaking camp, cleaning up, packing up and then moving out.
The fifth day is a long flat road, with the one short cut which we had decided to take. It's the short cut past "the German's Grave". But before we got there, the river had to be crossed, falling had to be done and everything in between. 
"My" Short-cut Hill
I did manage to make myself the most unpopular member of our 3 man team, by insisting on a 45 minute trip up a really steep hill, which I insisted was the short cut - but actually wasn't. The strange thing is, when I was standing and looking at the hill - I so badly wanted to climb it, nothing was going to stop me. I did feel a little bad about dragging Keith and Markwin up hill on my whim, but the views from there were truly worth every step.
The Views from "My Hill"
The Views from "My Hill"
We did find the short cut, you can't really miss it, while it's not marked, the path is very clear to see. We camped just after a big river crossing, with the 4 finger rock keeping a sharp eye over us and our campsite
Keith and I decided to try joining our sleeping bags together and see if sleeping closer would be warmer. Well that was not a good idea. If you think holding on to the duvet is an art in a bed -try putting 2 people in a bag. It ends up feeling like you are sleeping in a sack with 2 fighting dogs! Perhaps for those who can lie peacefully in their partner's arms all night it could work, certainly not us!
Advance, and never halt, for advancing is perfection. 
Advance and do not fear the thorns in the path,
for they draw only corrupt blood.
Khalil Gibran

5 comments:

Tuinmeisie said...

This read was definitely worth the wait, Rose. So inspiring. Love the pictures. Thanks for sharing.

Marisa said...

Had to chuckle at your description of the sleeping bags! I don't think that would work for us either. :-)

PinkPolkaDot said...

The pics are wonderful!! Did you hear about the 3 people that got lost?

janice tripepi said...

Hahaha ... fighting dogs!!! what an amazing hike - and the views are just breathtaking ... wouldn't some of that silence xxx onwards and upwards i say xxxx jan

compro oro jerez said...

This is who grazy....

Jeremiah 17: 7-8

"Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him. He will be like a tree planted by the water."

It is not your business to succeed, but to do what is right : when you have done so, the rest lies with God.
C.S. Lewis

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