Archive for July 9th, 2006

Destination: Steve & Peggy’s cabin
Starting Location: Highway 50
Today’s Miles: 0.00
Trip Miles: 1094.10

Echo Lake / Steve & Peggy’s
When Peggy arrived I had to laugh as she unloaded an amount of food equal to or greater than what Liz brought. They had apparently compared notes before hand and then they independently added some. Egg & cheese soufflé, tater tots & smoked sausages was a distance hiker’s dream breakfast.
Reached the former girlfriend and after some interesting but unimportant talk we asked ourselves why we were having this conversation. Because we never had a chance to say goodbye. It is unusual to be able to reconcile a situation as complicated and emotional as a relationship and I am grateful for the chance to do so. After nearly two decades I would have thought that there would be no emotion attached to such things. But when things are left unsaid or I have remorse over things said or done, that little burden is always there regardless if I am conscious about it or not. I was a fortunate man to have an opportunity to love such a wonderful person and have that reciprocated. We did not know what a precious thing we had nor did we know how to nourish it. And thus it failed. But we learned, we moved on, and we got it right with our current marriages. I feel good about this situation and feel a bit freer as a result.


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