At about 3 AM, I'd be showered, dressed, and out the door on a one hour drive to Delaware Water Gap, Pennsylvania. A small bag of organic trail mix, jug of water, my car keys, and a Walkman were all I took with me as I began the solitary hike and climb up Mount Tammany. Sometimes I'd listen to James Taylor. At other times, AC/DC, Rush, Enya, or Depeche Mode. And at still other times, silence and the sounds of nature around me.
picture about how common it is
for others to hike up and
take in the view.
When looking out over the scape I'd see rolling green hills and slivers of water peeking through a wall of foggy mist. My excitement would build as the sunrise began, a kaleidoscope of colours exploding across the sky. The sun's heat caused the fog to pitch and roll as it began to dissipate. Then in an instant...poof! It was all gone and a beautiful and quieting scene of water, sky, and land assailed my senses. I'd sit a bit longer to take it all in and sort my thoughts, but soon began my descent and return to my vehicle. I drove back in silence or music, but with a much keener awareness of my tweaked soul's replenishment.