This weekend, my boyfriend and I travelled to Lajitas, Texas to visit Big Bend National (and State) park. Big Bend was beyond gorgeous. When we were driving into the park I was in complete disbelief. The mountains towering above us were covered by clouds, making them seem like an optical illusion. It was hard to comprehend. It’s still hard to comprehend the beauty of nature. All of the mountains, the hills, the rivers, they come perfectly together to create this world we live in. Spending four days in nature made me even more philosophical than I already am. Especially when you’re staring into the abyss of blackness which is the sky and then slowly, as the redness in the sky begins to completely disappear, a multitude of stars begin to appear, causing the world to light up once again.
My favorite part of the vacation was when James and I began our hike to Emory Peak, the highest peak in Big Bend National Park with an elevation of 7,825 feet. The hike there and back is 10.6 miles. It was tough. At one point, about an hour before we reached the peak, I felt as if I was having sleep paralysis. My legs were cement, and every inch took every inch of strength in my body. The pain, the sweat (no tears), was worth it.
While I was traveling upwards, I began to think of some of my social fears, and they all came to perspective. When I was out in the wilderness and my biggest fear was seeing a bear standing five feet from me, all the fears from my everyday world seemed miniscule. It was the perfect time to reflect, with no other humans around, with no pressures from society, no pressure from yourself. I had one goal, and that was to reach the top.
After three hours, James and I made it to Emory Peak and the view, the view took away the little breath I had left. All the mountains that had towered above us were now below us. The wind gently grazed your skin as if whispering that you had made it, congratulating you. I stood at the top of the peak and took in all that was at that moment. Not the past, not the future, just the present- nature.