Next month I’m going to Guadalupe Mountains National Park in West Texas to do some hiking with long time backpacking partners Chuck Treadwell and Joe Perez. Chuck and I have been hiking together for thirty years, spending one week a year in some of the most beautiful places in America. Joe is a mutual friend from college who has joined the party only in the last six or seven years, but he’s a natural addition. And while Chuck is actually my brother-in-law, we often drop the “in-law” part. You don’t do that much hiking together without developing deep and lasting bonds.
So, on this day off I’m getting my backpack out of storage and dreaming of the mountains. I’m thinking about being in the desert with my brothers-in-boots and looking up at a night sky studded with stars.
I’m going to Guadalupe in my mind.