by Tracy Goyette
Hiking with Randy and the large 2020 team translates, understandably, to very little “couple time” for us on the trail. Between the team, which is made up of friends, and all of the cool new people we meet along the way, Randy is in high demand. In everyday life we get our fair share of time, so on hikes I try to step back and allow those who don’t usually get as much interaction with Randy to spend time with him. To account for this we tend to aim for some end-of-day, quality “us” time.
At Lakes in the Clouds hut we decided that sunset would be that time. Randy asked me to find us a great vantage point from which we could share the sunset together. I found a comfortable perch near where a large number of other hut guests had gathered, and we settled in to see what Mother Nature would share with us.
She had been busy that day; we’d marveled already at beautiful cornflower blue skies, wispy clouds and amazing waterfalls. I wasn’t sure that the day’s visual delights could be topped. The atmosphere of the crowd’s excitement for the upcoming sunset was palpable and similar, ironically given the date of July 4th, to a crowd’s mood just before a fireworks display. Obviously, the day’s gorgeous weather had folks keyed up and expecting a fantastic display. We were not disappointed. Some of our companions captured outstanding images of both the sky to the West and an interesting array of clouds to the East; however, they are mere shadows of the beauty of this sunset.
I despaired that my words of description were inadequate in conveying the magnificence of the sunset to Randy, but he could feel the quiet awe of those around us. When something is so beautiful as to silence that many people, it has to be powerful. As the sun finally nestled behind the far horizon the silence gave way to applause. Yes, we applauded a sunset, it was that amazing.
If I could choose a moment to share with Randy and to keep in our memories together forever, this one certainly would be one of my choices.
Thank you Mother Nature.