Yep, the Thanksgiving blog entry (obligatory things we are thankful for) is a bit cliché. But hey, it’s never a bad thing to think about the things for which we are grateful and then give thanks. There are the obvious — family and friends, to name a few. But there are others.
So here are a couple of things from me…
I’m thankful for the Wichita Mountains. There are some amazing places in Oklahoma, but to me, the Wichitas are this state’s natural jewel. Rugged, beautiful, and as wild as you want them to be. Just being there makes me happy.
I’m grateful for friends, new and old, with whom I’ve shared the trail. Friends who will drive for hours just to tag one summit. Friends who just a few months ago I only knew from their online profiles on a climbing and hiking website. And a dear friend and brother with whom I hope to share some adventures again. Get well soon, Mike!
I’m thankful for the elements. Good weather, bad weather, it’s all good. Sometimes the elements aren’t very friendly, but many times the cold, rain, snow, wind and sun are ingredients in the stew of adventure that make the outdoors experience that much richer.
I’m thankful for the fact that I didn’t get gored by that buffalo back in June. Close calls are fun — in retrospect!
I’m grateful to the readers of this blog, and the input you’ve given me.
Thanks be to God for bluebird days, grand vistas and the health and opportunity to get outside and soak it all in.
Happy Thanksgiving, folks!