Archives for July 2017




“Judy, remember we are not in a hurry, take it easy and just enjoy the hike.” This is what my sweet husband said as we set off , with our 10 year old maltese poodle, on what was supposed to be a short easy 3 mile back packing trip. We intended to start from the Pass lake trail head and hike into Cuberant Lake in the High Uintahs of Utah. The plan was to meet our friends there and set up camp. I’ve always thought of my husband as a walking GPS, especially in the back country. I never worry about where we are going, or if we are on course. I just go and love taking in the smells, the sounds, and the beauty of nature; the only discomfort being the weight of my heavy pack.



This map would’ve come in handy! The green trail marks the path we wanted to be on to Cuberant Lake. The yellow trail is the one we took to Lofty lake.

As we started from the car, there were two trail heads in the parking lot, unfortunately we only saw the one. What was to be a 3 mile backpacking hike turned into 7 miles. Upon reaching Lofty Lake we looked for a camp spot, hoping our friends reached us soon. We began exploring the area and the majestic view of Kamas lake down below… wait Kamas Lake? Where are we? Spotting who we thought were our friends over by Cutthroat Lake we hiked towards them. It turned out to be a couple dads with their boys who, thank heavens, had a map! We no longer were happy in our ignorance, we were in the wrong place on the wrong trail! The worse news was, where we wanted to be was clear over on the other side of a huge mountain!

Now what? camp here? We knew we needed to get to our original goal, Cuberant Lake, where we were supposed to meet out friends. So, after re-routing, we set our course to Cuberant Lake trail where we originally were meant to be.


One Step at a time

This is where things got mentally rough. We were exhausted and unsure of where our friends were,  and the sky was growing dark with huge thunderclouds. One option, once we hit the trail cut off point, was to head back to the car, it being closer than the lake. We decided to stick with our original goal, and with our heads down and determination in our legs, we slugged our way up to Cuberant Lake. The whole way, we were praying for the weather, my legs, Jack, the light and my husbands energy to hold on up that steep pass. We took it one step at a time. Then a miracle happened, we arrived at Cuberant lake, and our friends were only minutes behind us. We were so happy to see them, and to have made it to the planned designation. We stayed the course and didn’t give up, even when things were tough, and quitting was so tempting!



Unfortunately, sometimes we have to take long hikes to learn an important life lesson.

Don’t be afraid to pinpoint your exact location on the map of your life. You can’t get where you want to go if you don’t know where you are. If you want new or better results, you must change course, this may include changing behaviors or choices that put you on the wrong path to begin with. Re-route and begin anew with your end goal as your guide. It is never too late, and you are never too far gone to become the person you want to be! Einstein defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.



“And now, my beloved brethren, after ye have gotten into this strait and narrow path, I would ask if all is done? Behold, I say unto you, Nay; for ye have not come thus far save it were by the word of Christ with unshaken faith in him, relying wholly upon the merits of him who is mighty to save.”

“Wherefore, ye must press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men. Wherefore, if ye shall press forward, feasting upon the word of Christ, and endure to the end, behold, thus saith the Father: Ye shall have eternal life.”

“And now, behold, my beloved brethren, this is the way; and there is none other way nor name given under heaven whereby man can be saved in the kingdom of God.” -2 Nephi 31:19-21

I’m so grateful for this experience! I realized the importance of staying on course with my goals in life, and had a great reminder that I can still do hard things with the right attitude. I thought several times about my son and what he taught me that when you think you’re spent and finished, your body is only at 40% and there’s 60% more to give. I still love adventuring with my loving husband, even when his internal GPS has a glitch. Jack survived as well and has spent the past two days sleeping.

Happy Adventuring!

Stay the Course!




Meditation for Transformation and Change



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