It was cold and wet and chilly in the morning. Here we were in the area we most looked forward to, with the encouragement of a new horse, and we had no drive or energy. I asked Richard what was wrong with us. Shouldn’t we be happy, excited, full of energy, hardly standing to not see around the next corner? His answer was practical. We are at high altitude- which means low oxygen- which means low energy. Then there’s a weather change- for the worse. That creates a mood change that just has to get over itself eventually. It’s just plain the challenges of living outside in a drastically changing environment. Good answer.
I was pulling myself together and starting to pack up when we got into a huge argument. Wetgear got thrown on sleeping bags- attention to detail that gets forgotten until new weather requires new habits. It was a stupid reason to fight really, but it blew out of proportion. When you forget to put God in the center of your relationship, well, it can get ugly. Especially when moods are already sour.
I’d like to say that we stayed put for the day to give Chance a rest, but the truth is that our argument cost us precious time. Thankfully, we made the decision not to start late and to try again tomorrow, because we had no idea how difficult the terrain would get that day. Had we decided to push through and just leave late, we’d have been in a very dangerous situation with the weather. Not to mention, the weather was more favorable the next day than the day we ‘wasted.’
It turns out that it was better for Chance anyway. He layed down and slept most of the day- in between eating. He was pretty tired and the rest did him good, as the next day he was back to full energy. It was a good thing too, because that next day was our hardest day. Besides that, we had some heart to heart talks, did some praying, read our books (for once), and just chilled out. Sometimes, there’s more than one silver lining to a bad thing.