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I was already carrying a year’s worth of humiliation on my back and I didn’t need one ounce more. [END]
Epilogue: Chisos Mining Company Motel, TerlinguaI often wonder how I would measure up if I faced the same hardships as my forebears, the hardships faced by most immigrants and pioneers. In some ways, my trips into the wilderness are tests to find out just how big a man I am. The answer I got from this trip was: not as big as I would like to be. Judged by my standards – and aren’t our own standards the ones that we have to satisfy – I failed both morally and physically. By the time Mule Ears and Scott rescued me from the desert, I was a broken man. Not just my body, but my heart. I finally did mind that it hurt. I had made decisions to abandon many things, including my trip and a kitten, but I had not yet made my peace. That would take a long time. Big Bend is a tough place, an unforgiving place, a dangerous place for the weak.
House:I hereby bequeath to you all of my unused nights in the park for 2018 (we know “they” read this, so I’m sure that this is official and how it works), so that you can plan something equally as challenging, fulfilling, enlightening, and rewarding.And as for your spirits, they should be full. I’m barely 38 years on in this world, and you sir have set about doing and actually accomplished things in the past month, let alone throughout your entire existence, that I would not even be able to begin to contemplate. No one and nothing can take that from you.And you don’t need me to say it, but hold your head high. And if you are at the Starlight anywhere between 1/14/18 and 1/19/18, the drinks are on me. While that seems unlikely, given the recency of your travails, the offer stands indefinitely for when you are in or around Alexandria, VA. There’s less desert here for sure, but we do have M&M’s for your dessert desires.
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