14 Hours In Light: Part 6. The Final Ascent and Facing The Final Fear

Part 6. The Final Ascent and Facing The Final Fear Braeden decides to join us at the last minute, and he and Madelyn lead the way to the top of the hill. Their energy is boundless, and Rob and I take our time making the steep climb. The sun still seems high in the sky, … Continue reading 14 Hours In Light: Part 6. The Final Ascent and Facing The Final Fear

14 Hours In Light: Part 5. The Descent and The Energy Within

14 Hours In Light: Part 5. The Descent and The Energy Within Once the sun had cleared the mountain, I take one more walk around the perimeter of the summit before heading back to the cabin. The walk down the mountain is, at worst, in shadow. Gone are the fears about bears, injuries, or communication … Continue reading 14 Hours In Light: Part 5. The Descent and The Energy Within

14 Hours In Light: Part 4. The Rising Sun, The Falling Moon, and The Epiphany

Part 4. The Rising Sun, The Falling Moon, and The Epiphany These seven minutes I spend on the summit of Big Bald Mountain, waiting for the sun’s first sliver to slip over the eastern mountains beyond Little Bald are, perhaps, the most powerful of my life. Within the first minute of standing between the falling … Continue reading 14 Hours In Light: Part 4. The Rising Sun, The Falling Moon, and The Epiphany

14 Hours in Light: Part 2. The Ascent and The Fear of Wildlife

The night is still too much with me as I cross the final gate on this fire road and continue another quarter-mile to the trail head. The moon – one rise shy of being the second full (blue) moon in July – is still the sky’s main attraction. It hangs heavy over the pines and … Continue reading 14 Hours in Light: Part 2. The Ascent and The Fear of Wildlife

14 Hours In Light: Part 1. The Decision and The Approach

During the last week of July, we were fortunate enough to join my sister and her family at their mountain cabin in western North Carolina. It was the first time that our family had been together in six years, and the first time I had seen my sister since she lost her left leg in … Continue reading 14 Hours In Light: Part 1. The Decision and The Approach

Life Was Never Meant To Be Experienced Risk-Free!

For the last 90 days, I have been on a new and challenging path training for the Baltimore Half-Marathon on October 13 (you can follow my progress at my fitness blog here). One of the most common questions I get when I share this journey with others is about my motivation, and what happens after … Continue reading Life Was Never Meant To Be Experienced Risk-Free!