by Ed and Bernice Beck
As usual, we arrived at Trail Care on Friday evening. There was a young man there whom I’d never met, so I introduced myself, welcomed him to the gathering, and started talking. During the conversation, he said that he’d really like to meet someone who enjoyed hiking and the outdoors (as he did) but so far hadn’t been successful in finding that someone.
The next morning, a young woman joined us—someone I knew from another life (yes, I do have another life). I didn’t know she was coming, and she didn’t know I was involved with KTA and Trail Care. She told me that the outdoors was something new and exciting to her and that her friends and family didn’t understand her new interest. But, alas, she hadn’t met anyone who shared her enthusiasm for the outdoors.
Do you see where this is going? Sometimes the stars are aligned and things just seem to work out. They met. They talked. They walked. They shared a table at dinner. They talked some more. They sat around the campfire and talked into the night, until the others at the campfire became aware of being in the way. She went home that night much later than planned.
I saw her about a week later in that other life. I asked if they’d contacted each other. Had they? They’d hiked and planned other hikes; plus, he’d met her parents. At other occasions, people who were at the Trail Care commented on seeing “the couple.” They were seen here, there, on trails, at events. They’d even discovered and hiked several trails together.
Possibly, they each met that special “someone” they’d been seeking. I hope so. They seem so happy together. You just never know where that someone may be waiting. Maybe even at Trail Care.
Keystone Trails Association