In the spirit of knowing instead of wondering, I climbed some cliffs barefoot on my birthday.
Which makes it sound so much more adventurous than it actually was… I’m just not really sure what to call this particular rock formation, and few things sound quite as lackluster as, “I climbed a small rock formation barefoot on my birthday.”
So, cliffs it is.
We came up to them from a wooden walkway that led up to a waterfall. (I’m realizing as I’m writing this that my outdoor enthusiast vernacular really leaves something to be desired. Thus, the “wooden walkway” that probably has a much more acceptable name. Like “bridge.”) We saw some people climbing the cliffs and Tori and Jenny, as is their way, both wanted to be where those people were, exploring all the nature. I saw the people on the cliffs and thought, “That’s nice,” and that was pretty much the end of it.
Until Jenny and Tori started climbing, at which point I decided that I wanted to go too.
Let’s just state for the record that I’m rarely in appropriate footwear for footwear-specific situations. One time I walked part of the Appalachian Trail with Tori in $5 moccasin slippers from Target. I routinely travel internationally in foam flip flops. And even when I am wearing appropriate footwear, apparently I also struggle with the sock portion of the equation.
So when I found out we were going for an easy hike/woodsy walk (#vernacular), I opted not to change into sneakers, which I had brought, but instead kept my aforementioned international foam flip flops on. This was a good idea until I decided to go climb things. It was around this point that I started to hear TLC singing, “Don’t Go Chasing Waterfalls.” But I ignored their counsel, abandoned my flip flops, and chased the waterfalls anyway.
This is the part where I should probably craft a beautiful analogy about the mountains in our lives and the reward of voting for experiences and living life barefoot with your friends, but really, I just wanted to tell you guys that I made progress on the thing we talked about a few days ago and I’m glad I know what it was like at the top of that waterfall instead of wondering about it. And also that I really like being barefoot, so it was a win-win.
Except for halfway up, “Waterfalls” transitioned into “Climb Every Mountain,” which has been stuck in my head ever since.