Day 9 – Summits

Do you have that place where, once you arrive, you feel like you can breathe a little deeper?  The weight of life falls away?  That place for me is Enchanted Rock in Llano.  I woke this morning  before the chickens and made the decision to head there for day – the sun, the drive, the quiet, the cool fall air, the hiking…and what a beautiful day it was.  Here she is in all her glory…


When hiking today I hit a false summit…

Wikipedia…In mountaineering, a false peak or false summit is a peak that appears to be the pinnacle of the mountain but upon reaching, it turns out the summit is higher. False peaks can have significant effects on climber’s psychological state by inducing feelings of dashed hopes or even failure.

Absolutely dashed hopes or even failure – you’ve given it your all, thinking the end is in sight and then you realize nope – you’ve still got a ways to go.  But can’t that also give us hope?  What we think is the end is not always the end – instead of giving up hope or even despairing, take a deep breath, put one foot in front of the other and get going.

Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. James 1:2-4

Happy hiking – DM

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Donna Matthews is a blog writer at the DJRanch where she strives to remain authentic while not taking herself too seriously. She is also the creator of Slay The Chaos (, where she writes about productivity and organization. She is a member of The Writers Guild and Write Space in Houston and is currently writing her first book.