This summer we climbed our first “fourteener” in Colorado. Climbing a fourteener is a right of passage if you live in Colorado. The fourteener is the nickname for the peaks with an elevation of at least 14,000 feet. For our first peak, the path or trail was well traveled making our steps predictable along the approximate three mile route.
Hiking up the trail our feet were steady and our heart rates increased with every quarter of mile incline. Your mind slows down as you navigate each step. One misstep can roll an ankle. You focus on each step; it’s a path of anticipation with the promise of the photo at the top of Mt. Bierstadt documenting you “made it.”
I love the idea of trails and paths and new discoveries. Our neighborhoods and communities have well worn paths for everyone. Even our dogs have their own designated trails for endless adventures. In our neighborhood we have “wildlife corridors.” Sometimes our two year old Bernese Mountain dog gets mistaken for a bear.
Our homes have their own paths and trails. The routes we take to get to the backyard or to the shed. The evidence is in the beaten down grass or the sights of more fabric barrier than mulch.
I decided, before the snow falls, to create a path to our home. Just a few stepping stones to welcome friends, family and the UPS driver to our porch. A clean, clear direction. Also, I had visions of grandma-not getting run over by a reindeer- but twisting an ankle with an unsteady path to the door!
A few square pavers from Lowes and bags of mulch to freshen up the mulch madness from the summer months. This project took less than an hour and maybe $20. It freshens up the entrance as we settle into our homes for the winter. What small outdoor project do you want to finish before the snow?
Even a golf ball found it’s way to our front steps….