Saturday, May 19, 2018

Published by National Geographic 2019

Several years ago, I wrote a story about hiking in the Narrows of Zion, a profound experience.  On this particular trip I was fortunate enough to have the hike all to myself in the wee hours of a warm May morning.  It was a rich experience to be in a place of such intense beauty.  At times, I'm bathed in the soft canyon bounce light and entranced by the sounds of the Virgin River rambling through my legs, my whole body sways. 
The echos of the canyon wrens keep me company and I just can't stop looking up. 

I'd stop and look behind me occasionally to see where I'd been. One instance, I'd had a random moment of a memory recall. A sudden recogniton.  I'd remembered seeing images of this place in the pages of National Geographic Magazine. I started devouring the magazine when I was really young. 

I stopped in mid hike. My life had come full circle, I'd just realized in the most beautiful way,  it evoked spontaneous tears and a rush of exhilaration.   It was an emotional release and experience I'll never forget. The past, the present and the future fused together in synchronicity and clarity. Those are the moments I love. 

My life epiphanies usually come about in the lone remote experiences of exploring the landscapes. I'd never before realized that I was in fact living the life I'd only dreamed about as a child in those times where fantasy and escapism beckoned like a light in the darkness.
I'd kept my promise to my young self, not only was there light but what a beautiful sweet light it is.  

This year marks another milestone in this continuing story. I'm one of many who delved so eagerly into the pages of National Geographic to explore a world full of adventure and would  also one day pick up a camera and continue on that journey.  

In 2018 National Geographic 
would publish one of those moments of adventure in their 2019 calendars. 

Here's to the continuation of stories, dreams and adventures! 

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