Epic Enough

I just came back from a mile and a half walk, and I’m as wiped out — or worse — than when I was regularly hiking five miles with a twenty-pound pack. I’m thrilled to be able to walk even that much — knees take forever to heal, and I thought it might be several more months before I walk that far — but it’s not exactly an epic hike.

Actually, that once-upon-a-time dream of through-hiking one of the long epic trails died with my backpacking trip and the realization that I would never be able to carry all that I needed, especially the necessary water in the desert areas. Even if I could ever get back into hiking shape, the house precludes such a journey. Well, the garage does — I spent all my travel money on the garage. And to be honest, although I do still like the idea of being out in the middle of nowhere, I like even better the idea of being in the middle of somewhere — that somewhere being my house, of course.

Now, if I could teleport, that would be a different matter. I recently read a book about a fellow who could teleport, and he could go anywhere as long as it was a place he knew. At first I thought it would be a silly talent because why teleport to somewhere you’ve already been? But then it dawned on me — what a great way to do a long hike! Hike as long as you can, carrying a light day pack with a day’s worth of water and food, as well as extra socks and other emergency supplies, then when you’re finished for the day, you spend a few minutes memorizing the place you ended up, and then go home for the night. After a good meal and a peaceful night at home, you teleport to where you left off and continue hiking.

If you decide you want a night in the wilderness, all you’d have to do is hop home, pick up whatever you need for the night, and then hop back to where you were.

In many ways, this would negate one purpose of doing a through hike on a long trail since you wouldn’t get the life-changing experience of being on your own in the wilderness with no hope of getting out except on your own two feet, but it would answer the even greater purpose of seeing what’s around the next corner.

Not being able to hike, not being able to teleport, before I went for my walk, I poked around the corners of my yard and found this little beauty.

That’s epic enough for me!


Pat Bertram is the author of Grief: The Inside Story – A Guide to Surviving the Loss of a Loved One. “Grief: The Inside Story is perfect and that is not hyperbole! It is exactly what folk who are grieving need to read.” –Leesa Healy, RN, GDAS GDAT, Emotional/Mental Health Therapist & Educator

6 Responses to “Epic Enough”

  1. Judy Galyon Says:

    That is a pretty yellow flower. Wish I could think of it’s name. I’m glad you were able to hike so far. I wish I could.

    • Pat Bertram Says:

      All I know is that it’s a daylily.

      • Joe Says:

        Yep! Hemerocallis, “beauty for a day.” They used to be my favorite flower, and I find I prefer the older, less-hybridized varieties to the ruffled, gaudy blossoms that look like a cross between an orchid and an artificial-colors-from-hell style of lollipop.

        • Pat Bertram Says:

          I’d like to get some of the simple orange ones. They seem to do well around here, though I’m a bit gun shy since the last time I tried planting them, I somehow killed them all. Not a green thumb!

  2. Estragon Says:

    Seems to me we CAN “teleport” to somewhere we’ve already been, or at least to our memory of that place. From there, our imagination can take us on roads not taken.

    In that sense, a walk around the block can be the Camino de Santiago.

    • Pat Bertram Says:

      True. I do have memories of my hikes in the redwood forest, along the ocean, and in the desert, as well as photos of those trails.

      I’m planning a “micro trail” for my yard with various nooks and crannies to visit. I hope I can pull it off.

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