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Old 03-09-2012, 04:53 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Have a wonderful trip, Abby.

We hiked in the Sangre de Cristo mountain range years ago when we went to Colorado for my brother's wedding. It was truly breathtaking.

I've been on the Appalachian Trail with my brother recently (Thanksgiving), and it was like having a guide with me...he's hiked for 40 years and knows everything there is to know about the flora, fauna, and wildlife, and he's a history buff, too, so he told me civil war trivia all along the section we were hiking.

We overtook a family with a few young kids; one was insistent upon walking even though she was holding up the procession. We walked with them a bit and chatted, and as we went on ahead, my brother wished them well, looked at the little one, winked, and said, "Don't become baggage."

And it hit me that that is a wonderful statement to apply to life in general, and I've had that in the back of my head ever since, especially on days I'm feeling passive.

And now that you don't have to be perfect, you can be good.
-John Steinbeck
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