At this point in our hike Bruce and I are in and out of the tree line as we approach the alpine region and leave the trees behind.
The alpine zone is very pristine and fragile, where moss and lichen have only a very short summer growing season.
You have to be careful not to disturb anything where you step, as the plants have such a short opportunity to recover during their limited growing season.
You can equate the alpine zone to a child growing up, because the same rules generally apply.
It takes a long time to learn how to gain your own perspectives on life, and during the early years children are so very fragile.
The growing period is very short in the alpine zone, and if damaged there is little time for it to recover before winter sets in.
Teenagers are much the same – you have to allow them to grow on their own without disturbing them too much…only when necessary to make an important point.
They will gain their own perspectives concerning the world around them over time, with or without your input…and will seek your advice if they feel they can respect you as a person first, not because of your “title” in life.
If children respect you as a person, they will actually seek out your opinion and take it into consideration – but you can’t rush anything…they have to come to their own conclusion about things on their own.
So it is with the alpine zone; it doesn’t really need you and is fine on its own…but once damaged it takes a long time to heal.
The alpine zone is a beautiful thing to behold in the quiet times of reflection and pondering; as is a child that emerges with their own direction and internal sense of self.
Just as the alpine zone can’t coexist with trees, people also need personal space and time alone to think and try to understand the world around them, which only comes with time and reflection.
Here in the mountains you can find such times and places to be alone with the beauty of God’s creation, and not get crowded out by the huddled masses in the flatlands.
This National Park cabin is probably a lookout station when manned to keep an eye out for forest fires when necessary, but today it’s a quiet and restful spot.
It is a quiet place to sit and reflect on the world below us, as Bruce is doing here sitting on the cabin’s steps.
Modern life is too hectic and chaotic, and people need time alone to themselves to reflect on the world around them and try to make some sense from it all.
Once away from the hectic hustle and bustle of modern life, you can reflect in a natural environment without alarm clocks, deadlines, appointments and long commutes to an office where “work” is waiting for your attention.
Here I am pondering the great issues of the day; I’ve been in the “pondering business” all my life, and as a result I am a very deep well inside.
This blog is the most amazing opportunity for me to share with you both my thoughts and my life experiences – especially through these photos.
In the end I just want to let you know that you too can leave the well worn path of life and chart your own course and destination – on your terms.
Chart your own course in life, go where YOU want to go, based on why YOU want to go there; because there is a wide open world out there just waiting for YOU to go out and explore it.
You only have one life and one chance to get it right, so go out and grab life with gusto; and sort out what you want to do with the precious little time that you are given.
Life is precious and time is short; so follow your heart and your passion down the unique paths in life that will lead you to the life that you’ve always wanted to have.
You may not be famous or “successful” in the eyes of the world, but what does that matter if you are living the life that YOU decide you want to live?
Be yourself, chart your own destiny, live your dreams and have a wonderful life…so that when you reach the end of your road you can say that you lived the life you wanted to – and that it was good.