I live for evenings when I get a call around 7:00pm; I run to the cell hoping it's Brynn. When I'm not disappointed by a telemarketer, I listen with awe at all that Dae and Brynn have seen and accomplished. Tonight we talked about a detour they were having to take due to some scrub brush that was running rampant. It seems this plant, that had grown back in abundance after a recent wildfire destroyed its competition, has very nasty burrs that work their way into your skin and cause severe itching and possibly blistering. Thus, a road walk was today's adventure.
Sure, Brynn cuts in and out as reception isn't always the best, but it lifts my spirits knowing they are at camp, settling down after a long day, cooking, and preparing to snuggle down for the night. Brynn and I have a pretty great relationship, largely due to simply talking with each other on a regular basis. This sounds like something every couple should do, but I'm reminded more and more by friends and acquaintances that this is all to often something that gets put aside or lost in the multitude of other chores. We are blessed with a dock that now overlooks a sand flat, but it does offer solitude, quiet, huge views of the stars, and the ideal spot to spend an evening talking with a partner. It is a ritual that Brynn and I do consistently, so these phone calls have really been a great solution while she is away hiking.
Tonight, I was talking with the Barracuda, which mostly consists of me taunting him about the hugs, kisses, and snuggles I'm going to give him when I see him. I've coined the day we see each other as "SnuggleFest 2012". I'm being silly with him, and he breaks this out on me. "You know, this trip has been a lot harder than I thought it was going to be when I said I wanted to hike the PCT." He said this not with dread or in weakness; instead, he was enthusiastic and talking about how he was working on his 3 mile an hour pace. And how could he, a child who still doesn't fully grasp scale yet, possibly imagine how huge of a challenge he is taking on. That he wakes up happy and excited to meet this growing realization of what lays before him is simply inspiring. I can't imagine all the things he's done and experienced, but I don't think my boy will be the same kid I dropped off at the border two month earlier.