April 7, 2008

A Picture is ONLY Worth a Thousand Words


View from the Top 2
Originally uploaded by themerge
We left Saturday morning at 5am from my house, and traveled 5hours to Ohiopyle, PA. Then we hiked about 6.5 miles to our first camp. Sunday morning was a rough day. We woke up to low 20 degree weather, and prepared to leave camp by 9am. We were sore from hiking in the day before, but knew we had a large climb and a 12 mile hike ahead of us. The climb was about 1,500ft up and 2 miles long. It took us about 2 hours of steady climbing to reach the top (yes, we were out of shape and took a number of breaks).

When we got to the top, the view was exhilarating. I couldn't believe how beautiful it was. I was excited because I had survived the climb, but also because the view was breath-taking and worth the effort.

James took several pictures of the scenery while I stood staring into the beauty; trying to breath in the essence of it.

I was disappointed when I looked at the pictures. It seems that a picture is ONLY worth a thousand words, but experiencing the view is worth so much more. Throughout the entire trip I kept thinking...that would make a nice picture...but then I remembered that the picture would not do justice to what I was seeing.

I thought about how I allow my life to become like the picture...ONLY worth a thousand words. I fill it with many things, activities, busy-ness, and fail to experience the beauty and exhilaration for myself. Life is meant to be lived.

Backpacking was an opportunity to not only put myself to the test physically, but to take stock of life. I don't want to simply content myself with beautiful desktop images of mountains, of wilderness, of life going on around me...I want to take the pictures and experience them for myself.

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