I love 'em! New experiences, that is. Mostly. Sometimes they're not so lovable in the moment, it takes a little while until the love becomes available.
I have found my sweet spot on the planet, even the air feels right. I arrived five days ago for my third visit to Bend,Oregon, and it still grabs me- I want to be here. Along with that new compelling feeling are new experiences. It's fun to be outside here. There are surprises around each bend in the road, path and skyline.
Yesterday I set out for an adventure with my hostess and friend, Wendy, lunch tucked into a backpack, puppy in tow. After a magnificent drive that included a stop in Sisters, OR, for coffee (yay) we arrived at our trailhead and set out on a 8(ish) mile hike through forest and over water on an obvious yet challenging trail. The destination, Blue Pool, was a magical sight. The blue that you see in the photographs is true! Snow in some spots and hot sun in others, the hike provided more variety than I could have anticipated. And then I fell in the muddy water.
Allow me to set it up for you.
There's a spot on the trail that is interrupted by water without a bridge. On the way back I attempted to cross the water by balancing on a skinny branch, trusting that the mossy spots sticking out of the water were rocks big enough to support me as stepping stones. Wrong. I went in, soaking my clothes and dunking the cute little cross-body bag that held my phone, money, gum, etc. I was shocked! I popped back up, looked at Wendy, and we both burst into laughter. On the other side I let water run out of my shoes, out of my little bag, and rescued my phone, which was fine. The gum, not so much. I fell back into formation behind my ridiculously graceful, lithe hostess, and squished my way back to the car. I'll pause here so you can really enjoy the mental picture.
It wasn't until I was showered and dressed that the cascade of gifts hit me. The hike had pushed my edge, it set a new bar. The discomfort of the dunk paled in comparison to my bold attempt! I love that I tried and risked the dunk. I love that Wendy didn't underestimate me and choose caution. I even love the rest day I'm enjoying today, preparing for the coming adventures. And today I'm not feeling any failure, I'm feeling the victory. GO ME!!!