On the surface of the lake at just the right time of day in just the right amount of sunlight, the lake offers up a chance for the mountains to look back at themselves, to see their reflection and just how they measure up to those around them. Its as if the line between reality and perceptions are lost and slightly hazy. It a breathtaking moment, found only in the calmest conditions. It only presents itself when the clouds are brushed aside and the storms have passed.
That’s what I think Alaska offers. A chance to look and see just how you measure up exactly. To take a hard look at yourself in the perfect conditions and see reality and your own image of yourself crossing an invisible barrier. It stops you in your tracks and forces you to look around and take it all in.
It also puts you in your proper place- as not the biggest and most important thing on the mountain, but also as a steward of the smaller creatures around. I was reminded of this when observing the blonde grizzly high on the mountain and while feeding the most fragile jays stashing crumbs to survive.
Alaska gave me all I hoped for. Times to challenge myself physically and mentally, and quiet times to reflect and work on my spirit. I realize I’m not the toughest of individuals, but I’m not letting my talents and strengths slip by either.
I’ll carry a piece of this place with me forever and hopefully one day I’ll be able to return.