Things look Better at the Top of a Mountain July 31, 2021
A Harrowing Drive to a MAGNIFICENT GETAWAY!
After sitting in a truck stop crying today because I couldn’t find any place for us to camp this weekend (and for other reasons that now seem silly), I found a place on HipCamping located on a mountain top in the Angeles Forest. We arrived just before sunset and drove up this extremely narrow, winding, bumpy gravel road. Mountain on one side, cliff’s edge on the other. Halfway up, a lady came driving down, but there was no place for her to pass. She just sat there, face to face with our big camper. Ernie then had to slowly back our 31 foot camper backward down this steep, narrow road with me in the van backing down behind him, praying and thinking I’d made the biggest mistake ever. Thank God for our new transmission! Thank God for Ernie’s ability to maneuver that thing. Thank God for brakes! With my heart in my throat, we ultimately made it to a place where she could get by and we then continued on. At the top of the mountain, this scary little road opened onto one of the most spectacular views I have ever seen. It was breathtaking. We watched the sunset over the mountains and lights of the city come on, and we have the whole place to ourselves tonight. I am sitting in the cool evening breeze as I write this, wondering at life. The flash flood my phone announced today as we drove out of Las Vegas never happened. The tragedy I imagined happening on the mountainside didn’t come to pass. So many things I fear and brace against on a daily basis never actually happen. And sometimes, on the other side of my fear, there is true beauty and wonder. Ah…smile and exhale.