They say that thought precedes action. Yesterday, I thought about Switzerland – the Alpine Pass Trail to be exact.
This morning I booked the tickets. I made my list of preparations. I got Swiss francs at the currency exchange. I got the few items I would need for the trek and I am about 80% through my to-do list.
I leave a week from tomorrow, coming back 23 days later.
I could write a ream about all my reasons for going. Simon thinks I am being “cute” when I say I need to go for a long walk. In truth, that is exactly what I need to do. The best therapy and the best everything I have always had in my life are my legs – putting one foot in front of the other and going – a straight line is best. The idea of going from one end of Switzerland to the other, carrying everything I need on my back, passing through the scenery I adore (Murren and the Bernense Oberland are the highlight of the trip) – well, I can think of nothing better I could do to clear my mind, heart and soul. And to do this on my own – with just me and some cows, goats (and a million other hikers!) sounds awfully joyous to me.
And tomorrow, Silver Spray. And next week, Ben Hur. And then, off to the Alps.
I suspect I will get excited in a couple of days.
For now, it feels just plain good. And I feel blessed to have the support of my darling, loving man.