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How to Start a Day

Updated on July 2, 2014

What a playground

This part was actually later in the day.
This part was actually later in the day. | Source

You wake up and realize you have 8 miles and 2400 vertical feet to climb before lunch.

You tell yourself that the views and nature are worth it. That the camaraderie combined with the solitude is what it is all about. That camp coffee is the best in the world and that you feel strong and the future of the day calls with excitement and promise. You convince yourself that the much lightened 40 pound pack will be easy to deal with and you assure yourself that a gallon and a half of water is plenty for the upcoming 100 degree heat.

There is time to eat breakfast and watch the sun come up. But it is not an easy time as it is edgy for the work that is to be done just to get home.

A walk is a heel to toe action down a path. A hike is when the terrain is rough and raising and lowering in elevation is more common than flat. A climb is when hands must be used to make progress. Today is some hiking and some climbing. This is free climbing as no equipment (ropes) are involved. We will keep a close eye on each other but will not help each other climb.

This is the last leg of a journey. There is always a bit of melancholy on the last day of a good outing.

Some days that work load my be harder than others.

We scoff at "maintained" trails -- what fun is that?

So I guess this day starts like any other.

You wake up and shake out the cobwebs from a great night's sleep, you eat your breakfast and clean up and brush your teeth. Then you get dressed in the clothes of the day. Then you check your gear before leaving for the office and that rat race out there that you must overcome.

Here you are tightening boots and securing your backpack and double checking your provisions and making sure things are snug and tight Making sure you have everything because you darn sure are not coming back for anything. And then you start out on the "freeway" for the first hundred yards and then it is all uphill.

Now we all have obstacles to overcome.

Sometimes just getting the thing done seems like an insurmountable task. Believe us we appreciate that and our sympathies are with all of you in your day to day.

But that is why we go on these ridiculous and perilous hikes. To remind us that today is really not that difficult. That it could be a lot worse. And most important to remind us that we made the choices that got us here. To keep our eye on the prize and to stay focused on the beauty of the day and not just the ground in front of us. You and I have been chosen to be blessed. We need to stop and take a look around and appreciate that everyday, several times.

As an aside this hike ranges upward to 7,000 feet. That is cool because you have to stop and catch your breath and that reminds you to look around and enjoy the wonderment of this world.

When you wake up looking at full on cliff you have to climb to get half way home, a day at the office looks easy.

We are getting up early to climb that?
We are getting up early to climb that? | Source
Oh stop your whining that is only about 400 of the 2400 ft we have to climb today. Now get that heavy pack on and have some coffee.
Oh stop your whining that is only about 400 of the 2400 ft we have to climb today. Now get that heavy pack on and have some coffee. | Source

2,000 feet of formation representing nearly 1 billion years of sedimentation. Ancient sea on ancient sea.

What may be an amazing view at this level in the canyon is also just a portion of what we have to climbing out of.
What may be an amazing view at this level in the canyon is also just a portion of what we have to climbing out of. | Source

Perhaps one of the best ever and quite old by today standards. Welcome to my world!

Go ahead and take these pics but.......

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you very much I like to share those views that only a handful of people will see each year. I grew up with it as my backyard out of Flag and river running for several years.

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      Emunah La Paz 3 years ago from Arizona

      Oh my word! I knew those pictures looked familiar! You have an eye for photography! I live hear and I still can't seem to capture the beauty on film! Awe inspiring photos!

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Emunah, Thank you very much. Those photos are all from hiking the Grand Canyon.

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      Emunah La Paz 3 years ago from Arizona

      Wow! What a beautiful article! The pictures are amazing! I also loved the video at the end, it was very beautiful! I enjoyed your reflection on life. Voted up!

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      DDE Okay I will give it a try, but it is now 4am and she does not wake up until 7am, I hope it works out ;-)

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Great ways to start a day I agree with billybuc instead it is my husband whom I kiss to start each day.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Ed, I am just in love with your Montana series --- thank you and know that I think of the Big Sky fondly: https://hubpages.com/literature/Running-down-fence...

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      O' my good friend so good of you to leave a note. Keep up the watch on those Narcissists, you have enlightened me greatly: http://hubpages.com/@ologsinquito

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      ahorseback 3 years ago

      Eric , GOOOD for you my friend , hiking in that canyon ! Yur kinda my hero Eric . I just got back from a horseback riding week in Montana . I'm always torn by where my soul finds its traveling pleasures ! Next year my wife and friends will do "rim to rim" ! I'll be waiting in the pub at the south rim my friend !........awesome writing Eric ....Ed

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      ologsinquito 3 years ago from USA

      It looks like a great way to start the day. What beautiful pictures.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I do not dare wake mine up at 4am, you are a brave man!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I wake up and kiss my wife. It's all gravy train after that my friend. Love the message.